According to European islamophobia report (EIR) 2017, there is an evolution of Islamophobic developments and incidents in European countries. Although most European countries deny the existence of Islamophobia, anti-Islam and anti-Muslim sentiment, the report demonstrates that racism and hate crimes against Muslims became widespread and began to normalize throughout Europe. In 2017, some 546 anti-Muslim attacks took place in Spain. Hate crimes against Muslims and attacks on mosques almost doubled in London. In Poland alone 664 hate crimes were committed from January to October 2017. Fourteen percent of all Muslims in Norway were subjected to verbal or physical attacks and 25% of all Muslims living in Malta were harassed. Just in Germany, the largest and most important European county, almost 1,000 attacks were committed against Muslims and there were more than 100 attacks on mosques. 60% of Muslim teachers think that they are subjected to discrimination.
At increasing Islamophobia in Europe contributed massively the latest years’ terrorist attacks and the current migration context in Europe. As are stigmatising and racist discourses, representing Muslims as the “enemy from within” who needs to be controlled and policed, and as threats to “European values” and the “European way of life”, which in practice actually only mean that diversity is not welcome in Europe. Instigating fear, prejudice and suspicion in the European population’s hearts and minds will only lead to further insecurity and violence, instead of creating resilient and trustful communities that can work together for a better future for all.
Last December I was more than excited to participate in an amazing project in Brussels-“EUnique Identity” along with other 5 nationalities.
There are several reasons why I will remember this project for a very long time and some of them will be developed below.
First of all, being surrounded by people form 5 other countries: Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Belgium made me aware of how different we are as cultures. It was very fun to get lost on the streets of Brussels and to discover meanwhile how other languages sound and what makes every country special. The intercultural night also helped with this when I was able to taste some specific traditional food (…and drinks!)
Maya participated in the Training Course “EUnique Identity” organized by ASUL in Brussels, Belgium.
Hello Maya! Can you give us your opinion about the project “EUnique Identity” Brussels, Belgium?
The project was really fun! It was such a pleasure visiting the EU-Parliament and the EU-Commission! I believe it was a good experience and I got quite a lot of information about different topics connected to the EU-Institutions and what the EU is. I also think that it was good, that we also had the time to explore the beautiful Brussels.
What is the most important thing you have learned during the project?
I learned that there are a lot more things that the EU can provide to the young people, like different projects, traineeship programs and a lot more. I learned how important it is to actually promote more involvement in the elections of our representatives in the EU-Parliament among our fellow citizens and that we also can participate in the political life. I learned that I have a lot more to learn about the EU overall and that I should keep a closer look at what’s happening in all fellow EU-countries.
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Having the opportunity to visit the European Institutions was an inspiring and amazing chance to discover the wonderful mechanisms of European democracy. During this training course we had the chance to visit the European parliament, we were welcomed by a Member of European parliament and his staff that explained us how the EU works and what are the main daily aspects in the temple of European democracy and I love the fact that they make us discover by our self the key points and aspects of the European Identity.
I personally enjoyed the participation in the several workshops and activities proposed. In the European commission, where we could interact with experts in different fields after having understood by our self though specific games and actions the beauty of Europe and the wide range of possibilities that all the institutions bring us. We could through this experience learn a lot about different cultures and understand how people around Europe work and live. This was a wonderful and well-organized project. I hope there will be orders and hope to come back soon in Brussels again!
On 17 December I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the training course “EUnique Identity”, in Bruxelles, Belgium, host of the main European Institutions.
I recommend this project to everyone interested to know more about how the European Parliament and European Commission work and also for those looking for an amazing intercultural experience.
Marion participated in the Training Course “Social Entrepreneurship 4 ALL” organized by ASUL in Málaga area, Spain
Social entrepreneurship 4 All was a great experience to meet new people and to learn new things. I am really happy that I have participated to this program. The days were well organized with non-formal games which made me discover a new asset of management and team building. I think I will use some of the workshops for my future job. But at the same time, I learned some useful tools to start my own business. The project is great because it joins young people from different European countries and it raises awareness about social enterprises but also it helps discover different nationalities trough their local points of views. The most important thing that I learned during this program is that the European Union is really willing to help young social entrepreneurs to start their own start-ups.
Social entrepreneurs do not think of money as a priority. Their priority is to improve the society, make a better world. And It’s really important that young people get inspiration and trainings because they are the present. They have the energy to make small moves. Sometimes they do not have the knowledge and that is why this kind of program is a great way to learn and share important data. Social entrepreneurs are changing the world even if they start locally.
The Latin American University Association in collaboration with the ULB and the IEE as part of an Erasmus + project invites you to an EUROPEAN WEEK on the theme of European identity from 10 to 17 December 2018.
During this week you will have the opportunity to take part in conferences focused on Europe in the morning from 10 am, visit the European institutions as well as meet personalities related to Europe and MEPs. Check out the program and join us for this great opportunity!
Entrance is free and open to everybody even if in some events the number of seats is limited. Please register in order to be able to participate in all the events.
Inscription is compulsory for events in the EU institutions. All the events will be in english. Form: https://goo.gl/forms/dphR5fJvdvHzm2Rh2