Solidarity For Ukraine – Call To Support The Ukraine Refugees

Solidarity For Ukraine – Call To Support The Ukraine Refugees

Refugees from Ukraine have begun arriving in neighboring Poland

What we all fear for Europe is now happening and we are now standing for the innocent people of Ukraine as its army is trying to repel a full-scale Russian invasion, with fierce battles taking place close to the capital Kyiv.

Fighting is raging at an airfield on the outskirts of the city, and it could become a springboard for the Russian army into Kyiv if its troops seize it.
The Russian assault is being fought on several fronts after it attacked from the east, north and south on Thursday.
Kyiv has been hit by blasts, and at least one block of flats was damaged.
There are also reports of gunfire inside the city and on its northern outskirts, amid Ukrainian government warnings that “saboteurs” may already be operating inside the city.
Overnight, families took shelter in Kyiv’s metro stations as aerial attacks struck the city, including the densely-populated Pozniake area, injuring at least eight.
Ukrainian officials said there had been missile strikes on the city and a Russian aircraft had been shot down.

NATO member Poland has reportedly relaxed visa and pandemic rules for Ukrainians fleeing danger following Russia’s invasion of their country

Some of the first refugees from Ukraine have arrived in European Union member Poland by road and rail.

Ukrainians carry and roll luggage after crossing the Polish-Ukrainian border into Medyka, Poland, on Thursday.

The passengers of various ages, arriving with bags and backpacks, told the Associated Press they were fleeing war. Some live in Poland and were returning urgently from visits to their homeland.The chief of Poland’s border guards, Gen. Tomasz Praga, said there was a visible increase in the number of people wanting to cross into Poland.Officials said Poland has prepared at least eight centers with food, medical care and places to rest. It was reported that border-entry requirements had been relaxed for those traveling westward from Ukraine.

We are already collecting items that will help to accommodate the first badge of refugees from Ukraine who have been accepted and given shelter in Poland:  

⁃ bunk beds from 1 to 100 pcs
⁃ air mattresses + pumps – 100 pcs
⁃ folding beds – 100 pieces   ⁃ bed set (pillow, blanket, sheet)
⁃ towels 100-200 pcs   ⁃ soap   ⁃ shampoo  Food, etc.
⁃ disposable tableware (deep plates, spoons, forks, glasses)
⁃ products (cereals, pasta, quick soups, canned food, pates, bread, tea, cheese, sausages, milk, cocoa, sugar, salt)
⁃ napkins/disposable towels
⁃Medicines: antipyretic drugs   ⁃ sedatives
-Socks, Clothing, Shoes, winter jackets

We ask for all kinds of support in order to help the Ukraine refugees. Please kindly send an email to our General HQ at geral@urep.pt

Other Contacts: 

Lisbon, Portugal Office: mubarak.hussein@urep.pt
Krakow, Poland Office: adam.labar@urep.pt

 

O III Fórum Aberto do Fórum Refúgio Portugal

O evento em si foi uma conversa entre os interessados em revisar o que foi feito como avaliação e resposta no contexto da pandemia de Covid-19 e se preparar para o futuro, pois foi uma crise de saúde que atingiu a sociedade em geral.

O Fórum Refúgio Portugal reconhece que não era uma crise de refugiados mas sim uma crise sanitária que os refugiados também sofreram como todo Mundo. Então vamos refletir nos que foram feitos nos últimos meses e tirar algumas boas práticas pelo futuro de acolhimento em tempo de emergência.

Também interessante neste Fórum Aberto foram os ‘Minutos da Sociedade Civil’. Um momento do Largo Residências e da sociedade civil. Daremos às pessoas da sociedade tempo para conversar conosco para esclarecer algumas dúvidas que provavelmente existem e / ou compartilhar algumas coisas conosco. Outras associações de imigrantes e iniciativas da sociedade civil também foram bem-vindas na sessão do Fórum Aberto.

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Adam Labar

Adam Labar is vice-president of the Refugees Union in Portugal (União de Refugiados Em Portugal – UREP) and a reggae and afrobeat musician. He’s also director of the international relations department of the World Peace Volunteers, a non-political civil society organization committed to promoting world peace and human rights. The interview with him was conducted by Marisa Torres da Silva, an assistant professor at Nova University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH). For the New Neighbours project, she also created the Fact Sheet on Media and Migration in Portugal.

How would you characterize Portugal’s position regarding immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, for instance, in terms of support or opposition – from the government, or public opinion?

Portugal has been an example in the field of migratory, refugee and asylum public policy, in which it recently received the United Nations Public Service Award – the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public services, for the experience of intersectoral governance of the National Centers for Support for Migrant Integration, which operates on the basis of the One-Stop-Shop model, a kind of ‘Citizen Shop’ for migrants. But at the refugee population level, only from December 2015 with the EU Relocation Programme, Portugal began to receive a higher number such as: 6th EU country that most relocated refugees welcomed, it has since received far more refugees than in the past, and also from humanitarian vessels since June 2018 through joint actions with other member states, in addition to spontaneous asylum applications that have grown exponentially since 2017.

 

In your view, how are refugees and asylum seekers portrayed in Portuguese media? What are the main issues, actors, sources? What is more visible and what is less shown and talked?

Media only shows how well the refugees and asylum seekers are being accepted and treated, and mostly their success at the end, if they will have some things like a degree from a university or an award for doing something great in the name of the country or being part of a bigger course. However, the media will not show that refugees or asylum seekers are leaving Portugal because they wait for long to get decisions from the court, become homeless with no support, not being able to study due to document issues (as undocumented migrants or asylum seekers) or even not being able to pay their rents or take care of their families because many of these refugees and asylum seekers come with their families. Refugees, asylum seekers or these newcomers are being classified as successful and integrated in Portugal, when that is not how it’s seen due to some other issues. At least everyone knows that ‘not every home looks perfect, no matter what decorations it has’.

 

How does this media portrayal affect the debate around refugees and, more generally, immigration?

It really weakens the hope of our voices and participation out there as we, the people like me who fight for the rights of these refugees and asylum seekers, are calling for help in finding new ideas and means of support, in order to get the rights of all refugees, migrants and asylum seekers – given to them as it should be.

What could be improved in terms of media representation? How could journalists do a better job?

I would say that journalists should start to talk to the refugeed, asylum seekers and migrants directly and not the institutions or corporations that handle their cases. My organization is a refugee lead organization and what we do is to understand the needs of refugees and to collaborate with other institutions responsible for developing effective responses, contributing to a well-defined and successfully implemented strategy. So you can see that these refugees have their own needs and yes, it’s not to overtake the country in which they have gotten shelter but to be able to learn the culture and integrate within the society and have a better and safe life. Same to the country where they are. So media should talk to a refugee and not an institution.

How would you describe UREP’s work in terms of affecting public opinion towards refugees in Portugal and, also, media presence and representation?

UREP keeps doing a great work. Our motto is: Refugees help refugees. We aim to support refugees in exercising their citizenship through intercultural mediation in order to ensure their full integration, providing access to means of social inclusion that dignify them in harmony with legality, believing in unity and interdisciplinary work. We also aim to work with the media in response to these challenges, which require direct monitoring to solve the panoply of social problems that daily barriers pose as obstacles and that require constant solution.

torneio de futebol

torneio de futebol

quase jogou mais de 47 jovens com diferentes origens neste torneio, hoje dia 04.05.2019 é final duas equipes vão jogar uma equipe da comunidade de refugiados a outra equipe é jovem do bairro, o nome do torneio Amigos, organizado pela União dos Refugiados em Portugal – UREP, o apoio União das freguesias, Santa Iria de Azóia, São João da Talha e Bobadela – UF-SSB.

Visita a Cascais

Visita a Cascais

Ontem, fomos a um grupo de amigos do Iraque, Somália, Eritréia, Marrocos, Síria e Sudão para ver Cascais. o primeiro agradecimento é o nossa amiga Gabi, e obrigado à voluntária do LP, Inês Fialho Brandão, que nos deu um guia turístico no seu aniversário! Nossa caminhada foi seguida por uma aula de Muay Thai dada pelo nosso querido amigo Felipe Nascimento! Graças à FLOW Gym Cascais e Felipe, por nos permitir ter esta incrível experiência, bem como a Igreja Internacional Riverside – Cascais por nos deixar usar o espaço. Outro agradecimento a Per, Marcela, Teresa e Reuben por dirigir, preparar comida e viabilizar essa viagem! União de Refugiados Em Portugal – UREP e o Lisboa Project contam com todos para repetir dias como estes!!