Our international projects
Sharing expertise in Europe
Asylum seekers and refugees who have crossed the European borders are not always safe. In some Eastern and Southern European countries they end up in degrading situations. We share our expertise in advocacy, legal counselling and volunteering with local human rights organizations in Europe to support them in their work for refugees.
Everything about the STEP UP fund: NGO capacity strenghtening for refugee protection
Inhumane conditions in Europe
Refugees and asylum seekers are increasingly being treated inhumanely just outside and within European borders. For example: hardly any access to legal assistance, few possibilities to provide a livelihood and months of (wrongly) detention. People are also sometimes forcibly pushed back to neighbouring countries without trial. These “pushbacks” are taking place, for example, between Greece and Turkey, Croatia and Bosnia and between Italy and Libya.
What does the Dutch Council for Refugees do?
We believe that Europe should bear joint responsibility for the protection of refugees. Asylum and refugee policy is increasingly determined in Brussels, rather than in The Hague. As a result, we must look beyond our national borders. We do this through advocacy, with practical support and by sharing our knowledge and expertise in with other human rights organizations in Europe.
Our current projects:
- Capacity building for local NGOs through the Step Up Fund.
- Supporting the Balkan Refugee and Migration Council (BRMC), to strengthen civil society collaboration in the Balkans.
- Developing a training kit for refugee-led organisations, together with European partners
- Supporting the establishment of Human Rights Defense Curaçao for better protection of Venezuelan refugees on the island.
- Working together with the NGO Caminando Fronteras against pushbacks and to improve asylum policies in Spain.
- Supporting local NGOs such as the Hungarian Helsinki Committee with legal assistance in their Ukraine reponse.
- Working together with the Greek Council for Refugees in an employment project for better integration of refugees and asylum seekers
- Sharing expertise with the Croatian Center for Peace Studies (CPS) to reduce violent pushbacks.
- Developing a database with the Cyprus Council for Refugees (CyRC) to help more refugees in Cyprus.
Our partners abroad
Many partners of our International program are members of the European umbrella organization ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles).
Our projects receive subsidies from, among others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, private funds, the EU and the National Postcode Lottery.
DCR helps us to build capacity in fundraising, advocacy and many other areas. They support organizations to build resilience and to be better suited for the future, not only the ‘now’.
We would love to hear from you!
Would you like to find out more about our international projects or how we can work together? Please do get in touch with Wies Maas, Coordinator International Programme: firstname.lastname@example.org