Here to Support (HtS) is an NGO that engages in projects with artists and academics in close cooperation with refugees in limbo and undocumented citizens. Together we aim to shape partnerships based on equality within a society characterized by fundamental inequalities. We believe that an open and inclusive society can only exist if everyone is acknowledged and entitled to rights. We connect many different undocumented individuals and groups in the city and nationwide together. HtS does not primarily focus on providing humanitarian assistance, but it strives for emancipation of undocumented people. To make them seen, heard and essentially to put them in charge of their own lives again. We initiate educational and cultural projects that enable them to express and develop themselves. We founded Amsterdam City Rights, a project that brings together Amsterdam residents with and without documents to bundle their powers in the securing and improvement of human and social rights in the city.
Asmaras World's Refugee Support helps people who are expelled from their home countries by terrible disasters. It is an NGO, coordinated only by people with a refugee status. On the whole, Asmara's World is about seeing people on an equal footing, not subliminally treating them down. It is more about accompanying, motivating, supporting and strengthening them. Asmara’s world focuses on changing public opinion and amplifying voices of refugees in media and society. Most of the time storytelling, music, and hiphop are used to make refugees express themselves. They connect with refugees, and refugee groups in shelters. The goal is to self empower refugees and migrant woman and families in particular.
BAK Utrecht is a space for interlocution between contemporary art, theory, and activism. The organization engages in manifold long-term international research projects that include exhibitions, conferences, publications (both digital and analogue), as well as educational and learning programs. The projects are prompted by urgencies in society and engage in inquiry into the agency of art in relation to social change. Since its inception, BAK has realized a number of internationally acclaimed projects, including Who if not we should at least imagine the future of all this? 7 episodes on (ex)changing Europe (2004), realized across Europe during the Dutch Presidency of the EU, and Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion (2011), a collaboration with the European Roma (Travellers, Gypsy, and Sinti) community at the 54th Venice Biennale. From 2008 - 2016, BAK realized the long-term transnational and transdisciplinary project FORMER WEST and continues to invigorate it by inspiring collective practice.
is a grassroots organisation of migrant workers and workers from Barcelona. In 2015 they created this association as a way to support undocumented migrant workers in the face of the harshness of day-to-day selling on the street. And also as a way to defend themselves against institutional racism, persecution and criminalization. The streetsellers do not arrive in Spain empty-handed: everyone has very varied knowledge and skills. Several of them have been tailors in Senegal and many have experience as merchants. APVA works in solidarity with each other and with other vulnerable groups. They try to find ways to make street selling successful by creating their own brands, and shops under the name Top Manta. They founded their own Union and have assemblies and try to make their struggle visible to those who do not want to see it and fight for the right to work legally, and be part of Barcelona city life.
is a municipal foundation since 1987 in Botkyrka, Sweden, founded for a society in which diversity is reflected in the national self-image and where migration is a natural part of the national cultural heritage. The decision was based on the conviction that immigration is central for the formation of Swedish society, and that it is crucial to follow its consequences and expressions though research, documentation and exhibitions. Their work is intended to promote a good social climate and to increase the knowledge on the effects of migration and globalization for Swedish institutions. The research profile is multidisciplinary. One ambition is to be a meeting place for research and artistic expressions about migration and social and cultural diversity. The Center works with education, an editorial house, a research library specialized in issues connected to migration, racism and integration, a cultural educational workshops and a restaurant.
is an independent radio project created by people with and without citizenship, producing radio about migration, asylum and people’s movements. They strive to support self-organisation among people who live without citizenship. While staying critical 5 towards the dominant discourse on asylum and migration the Bridge Radio aims to share information around the current developments related to asylum and migration, striving to spread the stories of those who have experienced migration and their struggle for the freedom of movement. Today, border and migration issues are visible in the public debate, but it is rarely presented from the perspective of those taking the journey or experiencing the asylum system themselves. They have facilitated a number of workshops in producing podcasts and live radio as well as participated in a number of exhibitions. They have produced radio that have been aired in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Bornholm, AAlborg, Athens, Berlin and London.
is one of the largest community projects of Europe, with hundreds of citizens, with and without papers, connected. It is located in a former psychiatric judicial hospital, in the centre of Naples, in Materdei, a working-class neighborhood. With the large influx of asylumseekers in Italy most of their community projects are also focussed on this group. ExOPG runs the “Migrants’ help desk”, with a pool of lawyers who deal with residency permit requests. Also the “People’s Labor Center”, with legal help for all kinds of workers, plus a group of activists who support their political mobilization and receive reports of illegal work and exploitation, is one of their projects. In 2016 a new movement started in Naples, the Migrants and Refugees Movement, one of the permanent struggling organization that supports and claims the basic rights for the migrants population and for the asylum seekers.