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Refugee Platform

A platform where: People/Refugees can: • Apply for free language courses (Certificates should be offered by government) • Apply for vocational trainings (Provide opportunities and ways to get qualifications/connect with companies) • Offer/Seek free legal & economical advice • Offer/Seek free psychological advice (The legal, economical, psychological advices will be provided voluntarily by young professionals, which later on will get support and certifications from the Government and have their CV equipped for international level) • Seek job opportunities (Connect with companies & Governmental Office of Employment) • Connect with private/public educational institutions (Offer free and full scholarships for young refugees that have good academic results) Other activities & missions of the platform: • Organize & train the youth to volunteer for UNCHR refugee camps in Europe (Online Application) The Media & The Online Platform 1. Living Libraries 2. Interviews Offered by refugees that will get help from us. 3. Articles 4. Perspective/Shared Experience • Companies that offer their services & advertisement in our online platform (Money that will come from this advertisements will be used for facilitating the refugees’ needs and improving our services) • Promote young activists (It should be used to promote young journalists, young politicians & on the other hand to give opinion and influence positively the way refugees are seen) • Scientific articles/economical & social analysis • Competition for documentaries/ reports • Interviews: Perception of distinguished figures • T-Shirt online campaign with powerful messages, in cooperation with VIP-s ( money will be used for refugees)
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As any other socialist, it is in our concerning to fight for equal rights, especially when it comes to political and civil activists that have a high dose of socialism in their veins. It’s irrelevant to mention how much of a concerning it is for all of us as political activists, the wave of migrants and what they have to face in Europe, the Promised Land…. Lost life’s, lost hopes, slavery brought back in the 21st Century…. Populism is felt everywhere… Politicians that preach all day and ask votes in name of equality, democracy and human rights and yet with such a hateful and arrogant behavior towards migrants and their rights. Arrogant, racist and superior behavior of normal European citizens, in front of unfaithful humans from the other side of the world…With no intention to take someone’s place, but with the only dream, which is a birthright to any of us….to live in a free world, without counting fearfully the breaths and hoping it isn’t their last, without suffering of sleeping with an empty stomach, or without sleeping with the fear of being abused…Just a look in their eyes and you could see the helpless and desperate need to be accepted by us and have the right to live… like their fate was dictated by us… Is this why we united? Was Europe created to discriminate the rest of the under developed countries? Are these the real Europeans or their just being influenced and manipulated by bad policies and populist right wing politicians with malicious self-profiting intentions… These are more than enough reasons to make us all together as socialist and democrats, to make a stand, a move for all of the migrants out there…Surely, this is not the Europe we stand for We as Socialists did a lot in the past and we have strongly supported them. Another reason why I am interested to have my say and I am really motivated, is the simple fact that I come from a country which has been under the waves of migration since 1990… There is no family that hasn’t experience it… 2/3 of the Albanian population is now settled in different parts of the world, three decades ago, same as the migrants that came now in Europe they were trying to find a better world, a safer place. They were also looking for the promised lands… After all, we all do. Some of us are stronger and fight to make better the place they live…Some just walk away… It would be shameful and hypocrite by my side not to be concerned about the migrant rights, firstly for being a young woman in politics, that carries a lot of responsibilities and duties, secondly as an Albanian, that has experienced the War of Kosovo, has hosted migrants in home, has relatives in migration and most importantly as a human, as a woman, as a young girl with dreams… If we really want to make a move and find solutions, we have to put all of our hearts in what we do and we have to walk in each-others shoes… What happens to them today, might have happened to us in the past and might be happening to us in the future… We are all so different and yet so alike... These are the things that concern my mind and revolve my soul, these are the reasons that motivate me to dedicate my youth and time for human rights…I think that this is the reason why I like to take part in these meetings…You connect with people that share the same vision and view the world in the same way…We have the power to address their problems and give solutions… As mentioned above, I come from a country which is impossible not to face migration problems in everyday routine. It is such a known concept, that it affects each one of us. The number of the Albanians that have migrated is so high, that it has played an important economic role as well, not to mention here the social effects because I could be talking about it for days… Aside the personal experience and the closeness we as Albanians have with migration, I have followed many trainings and scientific research that analyze the whole problem to the core. I have also followed many youth trainings and initiated many youth movements and campaigns that make a stand for the migration, especially the migration that tackles children and young girls. What we should try to do, is not only to raise awareness and make positive moves, but we must try to make people change their way of perceiving the world, we must try that by our powerful campaigns to set trends and then make them really believe in the same values we want to raise awareness… We must make people believe in us, bring them closer to our vision through our platforms which will offer more positive outcomes in order that our European citizens do not get influenced by hate speech but see the picture clearly, for that I have built a platform that in my opinion, step by step could bring change…

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