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The Finnish model of Safe Haven residency will be expanded to Europe with support from Creative Europe

The Finnish organisation Perpetuum Mobile is a partner in the Re-Build Refuge Europe project that has been awarded a grant of 200,000 euros from the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. The project will expand the organisation’s model for Safe Haven residency to other European countries. Secure residences are offered to politically persecuted visual artists.

The Re-build Refuge project is coordinated by the British European Alternatives Limited, and in addition to Perpetuum Mobile, the partners include Spanish Asociacion Cultural Comenzemos Empezemos, German Athensyn and Swedish Statens museer för Världskultur. The other partners focus on projects involving refugees and asylum seekers.

There was a specific call for proposals in the Creative Europe programme last spring for projects about integration of refugees. As many as 273 projects applied for funding, which was awarded to 12 projects with 62 partner organisations from 20 countries. A total of 2.35 million euros was awarded to the projects.

The aim of the specific call was to collect and disseminate existing models for integration, using culture as a method, from different parts of Europe. Common themes among the successful projects were story-telling and training and workshops for participants. Many projects exploit digital forms of expression.

The call was a one-off but Creative Europe will continue to support projects targeted at refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in the future, too, because this theme has been selected as one of the priorities of the programme’s cooperation projects.


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