On April 8th 2021, Philippine Krysmann, Za’atar NGO’s intern Assistant Coordinator, took part in the online conference “ Actions for the integration of migrants in the local community : exchange of stories & experience”, held by the KMOP through their project Max – Maximising Migrants’ Contribution to Society.
From journalists and communication professionals, activists and NGOs’ workers to social science researchers, a great diversity of actors in the field of migration and integration of asylum-seeking and refugee people gathered for three hours of exchanges and experience-sharing, tackling topics as varied as common stereotypes about migrants’ integration to debunk, the contribution of education and culture to the process of integration of newcomers as well as the role of the media in informing and telling their stories.
In this framework, Philippine Krysmann had the opportunity to present Za’atar NGO’s work with asylum-seekers and refugees and its team’s dedication to empower and support them in the building of their own path towards autonomy, through the learning of the Greek language, the acquisition of professional skills, the discovery of the local culture and sharing of their own. Philippine, who has notably been delivering language classes and CV workshops, drew for her experience at Za’atar NGO and the many discussions she has had with the rest of the team to offer an insightful presentation.
Titled “The empowerment of young people and their absorption in the labor market”, her note addressed the legal context framing asylum-seekers and refugees’ search for a job, the struggles they face doing so but the preconceptions which can prevent them from looking for employment as well. She then described the different activities and services offered by Za’atar NGO in response to those issues and to favor the professional integration of the greater number.
Dedicated to the protection, support, social inclusion and empowerment of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, Za’atar NGO is determined to advocate for and with them so that both policies and minds evolve for the better.