Migration and refugeeship stories hold a central role in the European history mosaic. There is a variety of reasons that make populations move. From seasonal migration in search of more favourable weather and economic conditions to the movement from villages to urban centres, and from forceful removals due to war and prosecution to mobility in search for a better life, collective identities are shaped by migration experiences.
In many occasions, migration and refugeeship is a source of richness for the European continent, refeeding and revitalizing societies, economies, politics and philosophies of the Old World. In other instances, it is faced as a threat to the values and materials acquired, and populations in movement are marginalised, pushed away or exterminated.
Emphasis on labelling cultural differences favours rhetoric spreading xenophobia, prejudice and discrimination. Contrariwise, pointing out cultural similarities and commonalities in experiences may open the route to contact, tolerance and coexistence.
Outcast Europe aims to improve conditions for intercultural dialogue and civic participation. This is important both for maintaining the EU’s image as an advocate of human and social rights and also for addressing its own multiple, internal challenges. In 18-month period, the project will involve 1200 citizens from 6 countries (Greece, Bulgaria, f.Y.R. Macedonia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary) with distinct roles and policy agendas throughout the ongoing migration flow and refugee crisis.