Rethinking Migration in Europe

Transnational training of post-graduate students, activists and practitioners

Is there something unprecedented about the recent refugee flows in Greece and Europe? How is migration connected to police accountability and the Rule of Law in the country? How has organised civil society and grassroots actors been involved in refugee reception and integration? What are the main advocacy claims on the part of civil society? Through lectures, workshops, field visits, screenings and group work, the team of Inter Alia in collaboration with distinguished guest speakers placed these questions in an intersectional context. A team of 30 post-graduate students, activists and researchers inquired the role of gender and age as crucial identity markers that define the individual experience of migrants and refugees as well as their prospect of settlement and integration. The prevalence of politics and political will over administrative questions were flagged as a key factor for putting forward sustainable, humane and decentralised policies.

Day 1: Migration, identity & history

Ice-breaking through the o’clock game
From safe spaces to brave spaces: a collective effort to include everyone’s identities and needs in the training process on equal terms

Lecture by Kostis Karpozilos, director of the Archives of Contemporary Social History

Refugee movement in historical perspective: What is really unprecedented in the current situation? Drawing from the case of Greece.

Day 2: The refugee question in the troubled context of Greece

Lecture by Eleni Takou: Pushbacks, cover-ups and police accountability in Greece

Eleni Takou, head of advocacy and deputy director of Human Rights 360 in her introduction on the state of play for rights and freedoms in Greece

Presentation and discussion with the Athens Coordination Center for Migrants Refugees

The team of ACCMR discussing the structure and services of the coordination center

Day 3: From state policy to personal experience

Objects telling the stories of others: Non-formal learning activity from the education materials of Outcast Europe

Gradually unfolding the stories of the objects of the digital collection Outcast Europe using silent written conversation.

Claudia Lueders (teaching fellow in Politics at Oxford-Brookes University): Nationalism in the Context of Migration

Lefteris Papagiannakis (director of the Greek Council for Refugees, former deputy mayor for migrants and refugees): Introducing ongoing legal struggles with the Greek state

Migration in an intersectional context; Screening of PDSFF favourites

Love, hate, racism & desire: Panagiotis Kravvaris discussing his “Marie” from PDSFF21 collection

Day 4: Focusing on the rights of children and young migrants & refugees

The Gordian knot of second generation children and youth in Greece

Presentation by Sotiria Chira, legal expert and head of advocacy at Generation 2.0

Field visit at the Network for Children Rights

Presenting the key projects of the Network

Day 6: Field Visits

@DIOTIMA discussing the threat of gender based violence for female refugees

Who is the contemporary Athenian“: visit of the exhibition organised by the Co-laboratory for Citizenship of the Victoria Square Project

Our aim is to have a concrete contribution in identifying this collective identity and putting in the public sphere more actively the questions of belonging, democracy, the crisis, fascism, while empowering our community with a special focus on the youth, and become a reference for community engaged art projects in Greece

To know more about “Rethinking Migration in Europe” circle of trainings, contact Nikos at or Boyka at