General introduction to the PARSOL Art Book by USED

People are forced to leave their own country and leave their fami9ly, friends, house, properties and all other belongings because of civil wars, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, political ideas, ethnicity, racism etc. So, numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers are increasing day by day in European countries. We see their struggle of existence and problems of housing, language, health and education more closely. Moreover, refugees and asylum-seekers have been seen as a political issue instead of humanistic issue recently. Seen as a vulnerable group, refugees and asylum-seekers are often first target of racial hatred and racial groups have created a public opinion against refugees and asylum-seekers. In this process, refugees and asylum-seekers live in a constant fear of physical attack and threat of life and safety. In the process of PARSOL project we have tried and still will try to create public awareness in a positive way by awareness activities (news related to our project in local media, introductory works on refugee culture, works on prevent the misinformation). This project aims to be sensitive to the struggles of existence of refugees and inform society in this regard. This project is needed in order to make people aware of the fact that refugees and asylum-seekers are living in our region and they have lots of problems, they just try to meet their basic needs moreover, they are from different cultures, they speak different languages, they struggle too much to get accustomed to their new situation and they need help.
Besides, make people accept refugees and asylum-seekers with their differences and similarities and help them. Also, enable them to know they are in safe in our region.
Some people look at refugees and asylum-seekers as being a problem of society, we need to make people aware of the fact that refugees have lots of problems. Refugees and asylum-seekers also have a lot of qualities in adjusting to different cultures, different languages, to getting accustomed to a new situation. As coordinator organisation (USED) we saw all these problems closely by the help of the project of cultural integration (CINT) between the years 2010-2012. CINT became the source of inspiration to start this project (participation of refugees in the social life). Because we met many refugees in our region by the help of the CINT project. So, we saw their life style and their problems closely and we decided to make this project in order to help them. Also when we contacted our partners, they were ready to work in this field eagerly.
With this project we want to contribute to a better understanding of refugees’ basic legal rights, health, education and housing situation through social, cultural and artistic activities. The Diaspora culture of refugees will be highlighted.
On the other hand, this project will make communication easier between refugees and the people in region. With this project refugees will be informed about their basic legal rights, health, education and housing. Moreover, refugees will know where to go or how to do when they have any problems or questions. Also, this project will sometimes make refugees away from real life by the way of different social, cultural, artistic and entertaining activities.
Recently refugee problems not only the problems of just one country but also problems of lots of countries especially European countries. They are the human rights problems for many countries including European countries.
Each country has different refugee policy:
– Transnational cooperation is needed to research and specify the differences for our Project.
– When we examined the EU 2020 strategy, the importance of transnational cooperation is emphasized. Therefore, we cooperate with transnational countries.
– Transnational cooperation is needed to create awareness in European dimension.
– Transnational cooperation is needed to create common public opinion in partner countries.
– Transnational cooperation is needed, because human rights problem is not just regional and national problems, at the same time international problems.
For all these reasons transnational cooperation is needed.
  
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