Budapest, Hungary

Summary – 2017 RHP Europe Roundtable

About 160 participants from 28 countries met in Hungary for practical training, resources and networking. It has been the most attended Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable so far.

Author: Rhonda Egging – Budapest, 01 March 2017
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“We have had an emergency, but God wants us to be prepared for the long haul”, Patrick Johnstone (author of Operation World) and plenary speaker said as 160 people from 28 countries gathered in Budapest (Hungary) for the 2017 Refugee Highway Partnership European Roundtable on February 6-10. “More than two-thirds were first time participants!” Paul Sydnor (EU director of the International Association for Refugees) reported, “this was our largest roundtable since we began fifteen years ago.”

The week started on Monday evening with introductions and updates. After breakfast each day, attendees gathered for worship, a devotional, and messages from Patrick Johnstone who reminded participants that God is answering the prayers for revival by bringing the nations of the world to the doorsteps of Europe.

A break followed where people could browse the plethora of materials offered in the resource room while sipping Bulgarian coffee.

Time was allowed in the schedule for each participant to choose five from the array of twenty-six different workshops offered in the mornings and afternoons.

Just a few examples of workshops were: “Reaching Refugees through Media”, “Human Trafficking”, and “Language Learning for Integration.” After discussions around the dinner tables, we gathered in the evenings for panel discussions, reports, and testimonies from more than fifteen different places and people around Europe.

Many people enjoyed the prayer walk through Budapest, the tour of the second largest Synagogue in Europe, and the day trip to visit refugees on the Serbian border. The week ended on Friday morning with an invitation to next year’s event in the Netherlands.

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Video Resources

  1. Refugee Day - Every Action Counts UNHCR (January 2021) (3:04 minutes)
    UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi salutes the fortitude of refugees and the forcibly displaced many of whom have stepped up to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic despite their own hardships.


  2. How Do Migrants & Refugees Get to Europe? Four Major Paths Taken to Enter the EU - (February 1, 2021) - 9 minutes
  3. 5 Years On - Images of the refugee crisis | Deutsche Well Documentary (September 4, 2020)
    These snapshots represent dramatic moments from the time when nearly a million refugees entered Germany in the summer of 2015. In this documentary the authors Bamdad Esmaili and Matthias Fuchs go in search of the stories behind the pictures. - 45 minutes
  4. World Refugee Day 2020 Promo Video - June 20, 2020 (1:19 minutes)
    The World Refugee Day Is Observed Annually on June 20 Around The World. The Day Is an International Observance Which Is Dedicated to Raising Awareness Of The Situation Of Refugees Throughout The World.

  5. Syrian Refugee Crisis Explained - 2016 (2:37 minutes)
    Animated video about Syria and the forces which caused the European Refugee Crisis


  6. What They Took With Them by UNHCR September 2016 (5:25 minutes)
    Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley Juliet Stevenson Peter Capaldi Stanley Tucci Chiwetel Ejiofor Kit Harington Douglas Booth Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman. The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.  
  7. God’s Heart for the Foreigner” by Global Frontiers - May 2016 (5:12 minutes)


  8. Kids Meet a Refugee - September 2018 (6:56 minutes)


  9. The Journey of Refugee to Europe by Love Europe (3:56 minutes)
    Many people are on the run because of war or because of persecution. In this beautiful video we follow one family trying to find refuge in a new country.

  10. What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee - Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman - 2016 TedTalk (5:43 minutes) 




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