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Social and political Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees in the local community and key obstacles

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A few of of the key obstacles in the social and political inclusion of migrants and refugees in local movements is state repression, lack of information/misinformation of rights, and the expectations of the "noble migrant". Whether it is migration Regularization movements (!regularización Ya!), Housing Rights ( Housing Unions), or Anti-war Struggle (Solidarity campaigns for Palestinan Liberation), many migrants fear the risk of identifications, arrest, surveillance and intimidation more so than their counterparts. Germany has set a precedent for such fears on a different level as they have outlawed any visual or vocal support for Palestinian liberation or even Ceasefire. In recent weeks, Germany has approved of a new law which demands any migrant applying for citizenship to pledge as a supporter of the state of Israel. In France, migrants are some of the first to be profiled in demonstrations. The same is true for Spain. To contextualize this new law, it further expands on how young people with varying migrant status do not "engage" in the way they are expected to. Perhaps the discussion of participating in local communities is meant as institutional involvement and "integration", however, the participation of local movements that change the material conditions of migrants seem to be much more fruitful.

 

Historical oppression in the country of origin of Migrants may also add to their concerns. In Catalunya, the lack of information available to migrants on how they can exercise municipal voting rights remains unclear to the much of the migrant population. It is not that migrants are only discouraged, their concerns are often dismissed.

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La problématique de l'intégration des migrants (inclusion) dans les communautés localités se heurte aux idées reçues sur les migrants (bandit, étranger à la quête du mieux vivre...). Si les communautés locales changent leur perception sur le migrant et voit ce dernier comme une force de proposition, une valeur ajoutée...cette diversité sera un atout pour le progrès des communautés. De ma part, il faut à cet effet, une bonne sensibilisation (éducation) des acteurs locaux (décideur, population) sur l'histoire, l'apport économique, les enjeux etc des migrants.

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It looks like there are too many obstacles right now to the successful political and social inclusion of migrants and refugees in the hosting communities. Now that we have identified some of these obstacles can we think of solutions for overcoming them?

 

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A few words about the situation in Greece...

Greece, a country with a rich history and cultural heritage, has found itself at the crossroads of the European migrant and refugee crisis. As the gateway to Europe, it has been a focal point for those seeking safety and a better life. However, the social and political inclusion of migrants and refugees in the local community presents a multifaceted challenge that demands careful consideration.

Greece has witnessed commendable efforts in fostering social inclusion for migrants and refugees. Local initiatives, community-based organizations, and grassroots movements have played a crucial role in providing support networks. These efforts include language courses, cultural exchange programs, and community events aimed at bridging the gap between the host population and newcomers.

However, despite these positive strides, challenges persist. Xenophobia and stereotypes can hinder social integration, leading to the creation of isolated pockets within the community. Lack of access to quality education and healthcare for migrants and refugees remains a significant concern, posing obstacles to their successful integration into Greek society.

The political landscape in Greece has been dynamic, responding to the evolving nature of the migration crisis. While there have been legislative developments to address the rights of migrants and refugees, gaps persist in the implementation of these policies. Access to legal assistance and a transparent asylum process are crucial aspects that demand attention.

One notable initiative is the establishment of reception centers, aimed at providing temporary shelter and basic services. However, overcrowding, inadequate facilities, and delays in processing asylum applications have raised concerns, impacting the overall effectiveness of these measures.

Several key obstacles impede the smooth social and political inclusion of migrants and refugees in Greece. Economic challenges, exacerbated by the global economic downturn and the strain on public resources, have created an environment where competition for jobs and resources can lead to tensions within the community.

Additionally, the geographical location of Greece places it at the forefront of irregular migration routes, making it a constant recipient of new arrivals. This influx puts immense pressure on local infrastructure and services, making it challenging to provide timely support to those in need.

While Greece has made commendable efforts in addressing the social and political inclusion of migrants and refugees, there is still work to be done. Overcoming the obstacles requires a comprehensive and collaborative approach involving the government, local communities, and international organizations. By fostering understanding, promoting cultural exchange, and addressing systemic issues, Greece can continue its journey towards creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for migrants and refugees.