Launching the Campaign “No More Bricks in the Wall” in Constanta, on World Refugee Day

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                                     21st of June 2018

PRESS RELEASE

Constanta Municipality together with Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Initiatives for Development launched on Wednesday, 20th of June 2018, the Campaign “No More Bricks in the Wall” in Romania on the occasion of celebrating the World Refugee Day.

The “No more bricks in the Wall” campaign is developed within the project “Snapshots from the Borders – Small Towns Facing the Global Challenges of Agenda 2030″, co-funded by the European Union through DEAR Budget Line (Contract No. CSO-LA / 2017 / 388- 115). The leader of this project is the municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa (Italy) and it has a duration of three years.

The event was hosted by the Jean Constantin Multifunctional Learning Center in Constanta and was held in parallel with other local town events organized in all partner cities. A number of 19 territories, 17 local authorities, 14 non-governmental organizations from across Europe joined together to make the voices of migrants from all over the world heard and to call for solidarity with refugees.

At the event dedicated to the World Refugee Day, short interventions were made by Deputy Mayor of Constanţa, Costin Răsăţeanu, local Coordinator of the project, Noni Adrian Niculae Stîngă, the national Coordinator of the project, President of the Novapolis Association, Iris Alexe, the Director of the Regional Center for Accommodation and Procedures for Asylum Seekers Galati – General Inspectorate for Immigration, Paul Burghelea, Răzvan Pantelimon, Prof. lect. PhD. Ovidius University Constanta and Roxana Onea, Head of Children’s Complex Assessment Service, within the General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection Constanta. In addition, the launch of the “No More Bricks in the Wall” campaign took place with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and AIDRom Association. The participants enjoyed interesting and beautiful artistic and cultural moments, traditional music and dances, and an exhibition of Arabic costumes and objects, courtesy of the Romanian-PanArab European Cultural Center. The event was attended by a large audience gathering representatives of the Honorary Consulates of the Republic of Macedonia and the Russian Federation in Constanta, representatives of the local public authorities (Immigration Service, General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection, Public Social Assistance Service), as well as militaries Military Unit 01837 Mihail Kogălniceanu, pupils of the “Constantin Brătescu” National Pedagogical College, “Decebal” High School, students from “Ovidius” University Constanţa and a group of foreigners, refugees and asylum seekers in Romania.

***For more information about the project, please see: http://www.snapshotsfromtheborders.eu/romania-projects/  or the Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/snapshotsfromtheborders/

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