Refugee or migrant: what a difference a word can make? 0 Reply


In the framework of the cycle of¬†Global Conversations: ¬ęBuzzing in the media¬Ľ¬†organised in partnership by the¬†Dialogue Cafe Association¬†and the¬†Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), a first session will be held on 14 April (from 15h00 to 16h30 London time) with the aim of analysing if the¬†way refugees are portrayed by media throughout Europe makes a difference when it comes to the public opinion?.

If choosing what vocabulary to use when the conversations are about the migrant crisis is important? What does it means to be a refugee nowadays? and is Europe up to the big challenge of the migrant crisis?


Global Conversations I


Dialogue Cafe Lisbon (Calouste Gulbekian Foundation) and Dialogue Cafe Rio de Janeiro (UCAM Candido Mendes University) will bring experts and journalists to discuss, among many other participants, and debate on the topic. Portuguese will be the language used during the debate.

Download the latest version of the programme (EnglishPortuguese)

For more information, contact Dialogue Cafe Association or the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL).


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Celebrating the International Human Rights Day: Global Conversation on Human Rights of Migrants 0 Reply

Boat Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life in Europe:  African asylum seekers rescued off boats and taken aboard an Italy navy ship, June 8, 2014.

Source: Amnesty.ca

In today’s complex and unpredicted world, humanity is faced with a lot of problems that affect ordinary human lives on their daily level. Those threats are visible and very real, but still, in some cases we are missing a real action for solving those issues. Refugee crisis that is still ongoing on European soil is one of those complex and unpredicted events. Nobody could have predicted that such instability in the Middle East would happen. And even more, nobody could have predict that it will cause a massive migration of people, looking for another safe heaven. During this crisis, a different actors with a different roles, acted in accordance with primarily their interests.

Those interests mainly were not in accordance with an interest of those people – refugees, that are mostly affected by all those happenings. Europe, that become a main point for immigration, couldn’t stand united in solving this crisis. National governments responded, but those responses were first of all in their own interest. For some countries, defending that interest included building a fence on their borders so that influx of refugees would be less. In all of this, that can be in few words called, conflict of interests, we need to think about those refugees first and foremost!

Their rights were violated at their own home countries, and now they are facing new violations in the countries that should have welcomed them. On the other side, there is a possibility for individuals from MENA region to infiltrate within ordinary people and in that way spread some kind of extremist ideology that is present in this region within Europe.

Constructive answers are needed and they need to include both the security of Europeans and the security and well being of refugees coming from the countries that are affected by war.


More info:

International Organization for Migration (IOM);

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

European Commission: Priorities

European Commission: Agenda

Join us on 10 December from 15h00 to 16h30 (London time)!

  • DC Novi Pazar (Una Serbia / Centar Duga)
    • Mr Aleksandar Bojic, United Nations Association of Serbia
    • Mr Vahidin Melajac, Representative of the City of Novi Pazar
    • Mr Emir Fetahovińá, Lawyer – representative of NGO Sandzak‚Äôs Committee for Human Rights
    • Mr Sabahudin Abelagińá, Youth Office Sjenica (Asylum Center Sjenica)


With the participation of DC Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University) and DC Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation).



For more detailed information:

United Nations Association of Serbia РDialogue Café Novi Pazar (E-mail: unaserbia (at) gmail.com)

Dialogue Café Association

Helena Barroco (helenabarroco (at) casadoregalo.pt)

Dalia Sendra (daliasendra (at) casadoregalo.pt)


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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. https://vimeo.com/dcafe Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29