YOUTH TO YOUTH (Y2Y) DEBATES ON DENMARK, EU & THE REFUGEE CRISIS

This project therefore aims at objectively engaging and activating youth in Denmark to reflect on the EU, the roles and the challenges the region faces, focusing on the current refugee crisis. In addition, how EU working impacts member countries and vice versa – the case of Denmark.

 

Background:

Crossing Borders finds it an argent need for wider youth engagement on the current refugee/immigrant crisis that EU and particularly Denmark faces. This crisis has brought out some of the most controversies and disagreement in Denmark as well as in many EU countries. It is causing many local EU society segments to fear immigrants, leading to intolerance, increased stereotyping and homophobic behavior. The position of Denmark as a member of the EU is coming in question, not only by other EU members but also by segments of the country’s local population.

 

Moreover, by the nature of the crisis, most of the actions and debates are of high-level discussions, and happen so rapidly with negligent inputs and full engagement of the wider society, particularly youth. Thus, one of the segments commonly neglected yet is important in this debate is youth, especially those in high schools where they spend most of their active daytime. Ironically, per Pew Research Center (Oct. 2015), over 70% of the refugees and migrants are youth. In the end, when the new comers eventually settle into EU/Denmark, they will go to the same schools, football pitches, and canteens, and meet virtually online among others as their host youths. As such, it is unreasonable that this group is not at the centre of understanding and debating Denmark’s position on the current refugee surge, and the country’s position in EU.

 

Activities

We aim to facilitate 1000 gymnasium students on how EU works, and activate them to reflect on, and contribute local knowledge surrounding Denmark’s position in the EU. Specifically, we want to facilitate:

  • 14 training workshops in 14 gymnasium around the role of Denmark in EU
  • Train 500 youths in skills that enable them to engage in EU related debates and discussions
  • Facilitate in-school student debates concerning Denmark in EU as a follow up on the December 3rd 2015 referendum on the ‘flexible’ opt-in approach to EU Justice and Home Affairs
  • Facilitate an inter gymnasium debate weekend around the role of Denmark in EU and how the current refugee crisis and distribution among member states.

 

Partners

 

Funding instituion:

Kulturstyrelsen, through Europanævnet Pulje C (Folkeoplysnings pulje): http://slks.dk

 

Project duration: 01/01/2016 – 30/06/2016

 

Contacts

andrew@crossingborders.dk, +4526918439, www.crossingborders.dk