June 20th is World Refugee Day. As the world has the highest number of displacements on record, it is more important than ever to talk about the challenges refugees face.
According to UNHCR figures, one in 113 people have been forcibly displaced. This totals over 65 million people.
21.3 million of them are refugees, half of whom are children.
The Humanitarian Affairs Unit of the Future Worlds Center provides legal assistance, social support and psychological counselling to refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus. Continue reading
Ανακοίνωση – Future Worlds Center Την 21η Μαρτίου καλούμαστε παγκόσμια να ενώσουμε τις φωνές μας ενάντια στο ρατσισμό, τiς φυλετικές διακρίσεις και την ξενοφοβία. Ανακηρύχτηκε ως Παγκόσμια Ημέρα για την εξάλειψη όλων των μορφών των φυλετικών διακρίσεων από τον ΟΗΕ το 1966, με αφορμή την σφαγή 69 ανθρώπων που διαδήλωναν ενάντια στο καθεστώς … Continue reading
Eleven women joined their powers and for eleven weeks they met consistently and created the most powerful Women’s Empowerment Group by now. The purpose of the Group was to empower female refugees through personal and social development. This was achieved through solid interactions among the members of the group, but also through the sharing of … Continue reading
A two-day ‘Capacity Building’ workshop for refugees and asylum seekers was organized last weekend, Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th, by Future Worlds Center. As part of our empowerment work with individuals and organised groups of asylum seekers we aim to promote the refugees’ participation in the public sphere and their participation in public decision-making procedures that affect them. … Continue reading
We are very happy to announce the beginning of Greek Language Lessons in our offices! The lessons are aim to provide refugees with the confidence, skills and tools required to enable them to effectively communicate in Greek Language. Our two amazing teachers have the skills, dedication and patience to help them along the way. Lessons … Continue reading
The conference ”Refugee Crisis: Developments and the situation in Cyprus” took place on the 16th of November at the EU House in Nicosia. The conference was organized by Future Worlds Center under the auspices of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cyprus. There was a large and diverse attendance that stimulated the … Continue reading
***** It’s finally done!! Yesterday, after herculean efforts, we finished organising and setting up the clothing storage room at the Kofinou Reception Centre. The storage room, as you can see from the pictures below (before and after), will host all donations received in the previous months and all donations that will be made in the … Continue reading
Last week we started a new project. The Home Work Project was set up to help refugee children with their homework and also with extra Greek lessons. The project runs with the valuable help of Arab-Greek speaking volunteers that devote some of their time to assist the children and provide them with more opportunities … Continue reading
As recent global headlines attest, we’re in the middle of a global refugee crisis. Right now, there are some 60 million people displaced from their homes .We’re living in what many call “the age of the refugee.” So here are thirteen films and documentaries about the refugee and asylum seeker experience. Films and documentaries … Continue reading
The Annual General Conference of the European Council for Refugees (ECRE) took place the past week in The Hague. Future Worlds Center (FWC) is an active member of ECRE and participated in the three days of the conference. Apart from workshops and discussions, the conference included the General Assembly of the Council, where members voted … Continue reading
Our two day co-laboratory using the effective method ‘Structured Democratic Dialogue Process’ (SDDP) took place at the FWC’s offices on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. The co-laboratory occurred under the project “Improvement of the Situation of Asylum Seekers in Cyprus” funded by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nicosia. The … Continue reading
Mazen Bishtawe , a 26 year old Syrian-Palestine from Latakia, the principal port city of Syria, he is a resident in Cyprus for almost one year now. On the 25th of September 2014 he was one of the 324 passengers heading to Italy that were rescued at the coasts of Paphos. Mazen still recalls … Continue reading
On Saturday 12 of September, the Pan-European Day for Action for Refugees took place outside of the presidential palace. During this solidarity protest, Future Worlds Center approached the organizers and managed to interview Iro Katsantoni, an eighteen year old high school graduate. Iro together with George Demetriou, and Andrea Papakosta decided to organize … Continue reading
Το Σάββατο 12 Σεπτεμβρίου, η Πανευρωπαϊκή Ημέρα Δράσης για τους Πρόσφυγες διεξήχθη έξω από το προεδρικό μέγαρο. Κατά τη διάρκεια αυτής της διαμαρτυρίας αλληλεγγύης, το Future Worlds Center προσέγγισε τους διοργανωτές και εξασφάλισε συνέντευξη από την Ηρώ Κατσαντώνη, δεκαοκτώ ετών, απόφοιτος λυκείου. Η Ηρώ μαζί με τον Γιώργο Δημητρίου και την Άνδρέα Παπακώστα αποφάσισαν … Continue reading
We are all witnessing the dramatic situations that refugees face in the worst refugee crisis since World War II. We have noticed that many people are wondering and asking how they can help. We might not be in the entry point of tens of thousands of refugees but ιn Cyprus too, we have refugees that … Continue reading
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Nils Muižnieks Those who think that irregular migrants have no rights because they have no papers are wrong. Everyone is a holder of human rights regardless of their status. It is easy to understand that the prohibition of torture protects all people but we should also … Continue reading
English text follows 20 Ιουνίου – Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Προσφύγων – Πάνω από το 50% των προσφύγων είναι παιδιά. Πριν από 15 χρόνια, το 2000, καθιερώθηκε από τον Οργανισμό Ηνωμένων Εθνών η Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Προσφύγων. Η Γενική Συνέλευση του ΟΗΕ όρισε για τις 20 Ιουνίου αυτή την ημέρα με αφορμή την 50ή επέτειο της Σύμβασης … Continue reading