Migration has been a key issue in European affairs and media throughout 2016. Civil society has played a major role in supporting public authorities, which otherwise would have been unable to cope with the sheer number of migrants and refugees reaching Europe.
Civil society has played a vital role in contributing to a more humane migration crisis management. Without the response of various NGOs, charities and individuals, the tragic humanitarian situation which has unfolded in many European countries could have been much worse. The EESC position on migration …
The 10th Civil Society Media Seminar will be organised at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna from 24 to 25 November 2016, looking at how European institutions, member states, civil society and media are communicating migration and try to with the help of the speakers and an engaged audience to formulate useful advice for a clearer and more targeted communication to counteract polarisation within European societies and strengthen solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and within European Member States.
On 17-18 March 2016, students from schools in all 28 EU Member States and, for the first time, from the 5 EU candidate countries (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey) met at the EESC in Brussels for Your Europe, Your Say!. They came to debate an issue that has been one of the most important topics on the European political agenda for some time: migration and integration. The key question for this year’s event was “How can we better integrate migrants and refugees in our societies?”.