CSOs at the forefront of refugees support – conference report
22 November 2023

13- 15 November 2023, more than 100 people from 11 countries met in Warsaw to discuss and exchange experiences of working with and for refugees. 

Participants of the conference ‘CSOs at the forefront of refugee support – common challenges and solutions’ represented dozens of organisations working with people with migration and refugee experience.

During the opening, the Ambassadors of Norway and Iceland, Øystein Bø and Hannes Heimisson, as well as a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kevin J. Allen, were with us. 

The conference provided a space to share good practices related to integration, empowering people with refugee experience and those from host communities, and building cross-sectoral partnerships. There were also topics related to advocacy, working with volunteers, conducting research, and preventing professional burnout. Participants also shared experiences from the border, camps or working with people at risk of intersectional discrimination. 

On the last day, there were study visits to the Warsaw Ukrainian School, the Ocalenie Foundation and the Polish Migration Forum Foundation. 

The conference “CSOs at the forefront of refugee support – common challenges and solutions” is a regional initiative, implemented by our sister programme Active Citizens Fund – Regional in cooperation with us and Fund Operators from Croatia, Greece, Lithuania and Romania. 

We encourage you to find out more about the programme of the event. 

Photos Karolina Szczepocka 


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