IMMERSION VISIT - Refugees, migrants, how to ensure their integration through innovative social and cultural policies ?
Friday 15 February 2019

10 - 11 - 12, April 2019
in ATHENS, Greece

Based on the needs and challenges that local authorities face in Europe, LIKE - the network of European regions and cities for culture - organizes immersion visits on territories implementing innovative practices on different topics.The aim is to help local authorities and cultural organisations to find answers to their needs and questions and to build in Europe sustainable cultural policies that are concerned about social, societal and environmental issues.

The purpose of the immersion visit is to learn by first-hand how good practices are being implemented, and to analyse their transferability to other entities, so participants will be able to implement (or be inspired by) the good practices in their organisations.

Athens' immersion visit
How to insure a smooth integration of refugees and migrants with the local population through innovative social and cultural policies, when the economic situation constrains you to do more with less ? 

Athens has become a point of reference in the perilous and difficult journey of people fleeing conflict zones and people in search of a better and safer life. Indeed, according to the UNHCR, nearly 29000 migrants arrived in Greece by the sea in 2018. 

Since the summer of 2015 and despite the ongoing economic crisis, the municipality of Athens has decided to step up, not only offering land and equipment but mainly focusing on integration. 

On April 10th, 11th and 12th, we will experience the reality of this integration policy, through site visits and meetings with elected representatives, cultural organisations and experts. 
The programme is to be find at the bottom of the page.

This immersion visit is organised in partnership with the board of culture, youth and sports of the municipality of Athens (OPANDA)
It is open to all, with a limit of 20 participants. It will be held in english. The sooner you book the better it will be, few places have already been reserved.
The participation fee is 190 euros, including meals. To register, please send an email to You will receive an invoice and more information. 

After the immersion visit

* To conclude each immersion visit, local authorities willing to be more involved will be given the opportunity to participate in a cooperation laboratory on the topic, to develop together innovative project ideas.

* Transferability being one of the key point of the process, after each immersion visits, case studies will be disseminated to all local authorities and cultural organisations in Europe.  

The next immersion visit will take place in Limerick, Ireland in september.