Summary – 2018 RHP Europe Roundtable
Christians working together to address the European refugee crisis
More than 140 delegates of about 50 organisations met in the Netherlands. Training and resources were offered in specific workshops.
The Roundtable – as the event is called – is a yearly gathering with the purpose to learn from another and to encourage each other. Together they form the Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP) with participants from all over Europe. Most of them are actively involved in their own local, national or international organisations.
TO LOVE THE STRANGER, A CENTRAL CHRISTIAN VALUE
HELPING REFUGEES TO LIVE IN A NEW COUNTRY
Peter Vimalasekaran – they usually call him ‘Vimal’ – has a special contribution to the RHP laedership team. He has a refugee
background himself and knows exactly what it is to be a stranger in a foreign land. He was 19 years old when he had to flee from Sri Lanka to India. There he became a christian and since that moment he has lived in many countries, like England, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States. The last 20 years Vimal was was responsible for a refugee ministry in Germany. He is convinced that integration is a two-way proces. “The term I use is ‘interclusion’, a combination of integration and inclusion. It is trying to meet in the middle. There is a place where we can meet and learn from each other. It is not an easy process: when you enter a country, you have to know the culture and learn the language. And even if you speak the language, thatdoes not mean that you are integrated”. Marcel Fink runs a Christian foundation in the Southern part of Germany. He started with a trauma centre some months ago and right now an apartment building is being constructed in which Germans and refugees can live together. It is called the House of Hope and it is meant to be a place of hope where investments are made in the lifes of people. “In my area, the majority of refugee work has a Christian background. Of course, organisations that are not Christian can also supply food and shelter, but often they disappear when the most urgent need is relieved. As Christians we know what it is to go the second mile, but we don’t pretend to know everything better. Yet, we know Someone who can do everything better, God”.
WORKSHOPS TO ADDRESS SPECIFIC ISSUES
A NETWORK TO UNITE CHRISTIANS WITH THE SAME VISION
Go back to previous years
- 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.
- How Do Migrants & Refugees Get to Europe? Four Major Paths Taken to Enter the EU - (February 1, 2021)
https://youtu.be/7rLJ-5AR2EQ - 9 minutes
- 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.
https://youtu.be/L-i5zj4u7fs - 45 minutes
- 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.
- Syrian Refugee Crisis Explained - 2016 (2:37 minutes)
Animated video about Syria and the forces which caused the European Refugee Crisis
- “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.
- God’s Heart for the Foreigner” by Global Frontiers - May 2016 (5:12 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd4IEuPvQw8
- Kids Meet a Refugee - September 2018 (6:56 minutes)
- 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.
What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee - Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman - 2016 TedTalk (5:43 minutes)