International Refugee Day – 20th June celebrated in Timisoara, Romania

June 23, 2016 11:32 pm

Many local organizations including AIDRom and Intercultural Institute from Timisoara came together this year in an effort to bring to the attention the refugee crises among Europe and practical steps to be taken for helping the people who are displaced.

The number of refugees last year hit the highest level in two decades, according to the U.N., showing there were an estimated 16.1 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2015. By the end of last year there were 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

The events that were organized on 16th and 17th June had the aim to inform the local society in Romania, Timisoara about what challenges the refugee face and on the other hand to celebrate the refugees themselves that are living in Timisoara at the moment.

In the first day, local NGOs from western side of Romania came together to find out about possible partnerships in order to provide assistance to refugees in Romania. Later on, the same day a movie documentary projection took place in a cafe place in the city: The Syrian Spillover. Debates and ideas were shared by the participants towards a better inclusion of refugees in Romania.

The second day, on 17th AIDRom organized 2 special events, with and for the asylum seekers and refugees from Timisoara: a football match ( in close connection with the European football championship ) and a multicultural party with traditional live music and Romanian food. The event took place in AIDRom Shelter for asylum seekers and refugees and brought together more than 40 people.