In 2016, this flow continues at a rate of 55,000 per month. The conflict in Syria continues to be by far the biggest driver of migration, but the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, abuses in Eritrea are also leading people to look for new lives elsewhere. Just 3% (34,215) came by land to Bulgaria and Greece; the rest came by sea to Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Malta. The vast majority arrived by sea in Greece (over 1.000.000); over 163.000 arrived by sea in Italy (Source: UNHCR). Compared with the previous quarter, the number of first time asylum applicants in the second quarter 2015 notably jumped in the Netherlands (+159%) (Eurostat). Violence at the collective and personal level is the key driver that forces these individuals to abandon their homes. While doing so, their basic needs and human rights are compromised. This also includes their free choice of identity, dignity and respect. It also includes being free to exercise their sexual orientation and have a partner from the same sex. Continue reading
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In Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Malta
Based on sexual orientation and gender identity
The IARS team recently took a trip to Athens for our Epsilon training week, this was a great success. Coming together with all four of our project partners, CARDET in Cyprus, KMOP in Greece, Movisie in Netherlands and Anziani e non-solo in Italy, proved to produce positive impacts for the training material we are striving to deliver.
The Epsilon training for trainers event took place in Athens from the 20th to the 24th of November, hosted by our partner KMOP.
Over 6000 people marched on Sunday 28th of May at the fourth Pride Parade in Nicosia, waving hundreds of rainbow flags and supporting this year’s slogan #SpeakLove. Cardet participated in the Cyprus Pride 2017 in the framework of ‘Epsilon’ Project, one of the most prominent LGTBI-led projects in the island which aims at improving the Read more about ‘Epsilon’ Project at the Cyprus Pride March 2017[…]
SUPPORTING AND INCLUDING LGBTI MIGRANTS – Needs, Experiences & Good Practices. The Epsilon partnership is glad to announce the issue of the National reports.
Congratulations to Kmop for the amazing organization of the event and thank you to all the participants for their contribution. Videos of the conference available here.
“LGBT Refugees and Migrants: the situation in Greece and in Europe” International Conference on May 9th, 2017 at the President Hotel (hall EUROPE B), Athens (43, KIFISSIAS Ave.)
The IARS International Institute is looking for a committed and confident Projects Coordinator (Equalities). The right candidate will be involved in European funded Erasmus + programmes such as ‘Move On’ and ‘Epsilon’; and UK-based project Gender and Justice Empowerment project funded by Comic Relief. Other responsibilities will include the coordination of volunteering opportunities for young people Read more about Job Vacancy: Equalities Projects Coordinator – London, UK[…]
Epsilon Announcement: Online platform launch for the first ever Pan-European project led by LGBT refugees and asylum seekers
An exclusive online platform www.epsilonproject.eu that hosts the first ever pan-European LGBT-led project EPSILON “Equipping Professionals for Supporting LGBT refugees” is launched today. Epsilon seeks to fill in the information gap about the situation of lesbian, gay and transgender refugees and asylum seekers in refugee camps, detention centers and the community. It is the first Read more about Epsilon Announcement: Online platform launch for the first ever Pan-European project led by LGBT refugees and asylum seekers[…]
Online presentations and documents of the first international meeting held in London on the 25th October 2016.
HUNDREDS OF EUROPE’S MIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND PROFESSIONALS TO BENEFIT FROM INNOVATIVE LGBT-LED “EPSILON” PROJECT
The IARS International Institute has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding. In the midst of the negotiations surrounding the role of the United Kingdom in the European Union, the IARS International Institute is proud to announce that it has been awarded Erasmus+ (KA2) funding to develop and deliver an innovative, LGBT-led ‘Epsilon’ programme.