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Refugees – Local Initiatives – Debate

Human Security Collective (HSC) along with Justice and PeaceFonds 1818 and the Nutshuis held an event on February 8, 2016, in The Hague to show the broad support there is for refugees in our region. Volunteers committed to the cause were provided with a platform to showcase their local initiatives. Additionally, the event served as a forum where people could meet, share experiences and come up with new initiatives. Those who came to The Netherlands as refugees in earlier years shared their experiences. Filmhuis Den Haag ran a special series of films relating to the topic. And there was music, a theatre workshop and good food. Initiatives were crystallized and people motivated to help and carry on working on issues of integration and inclusion. See here for more on the continuing programme with refugees.

HSC has now taken this forward and begun a long-term follow-up project centred around social cohesion in communities. The first of these projects is in Loosduinen, a neighbourhood in The Hague, where HSC is partnering with Justice and Peace and STEK to improve social cohesion in the neighbourhood by supporting the ideas of local citizens from a diversity of backgrounds to jointly improve livability in the area. For more on this project, see here.