Looking back on World Refugee Day 2017 at SSE Riga
In June, the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga hosted an event for asylum seekers, refugees and their Latvian friends. With more people impacted than ever before, those who have sought refuge in Latvia shared stories of asylum, while those who have now returned to their grandparents’ homeland shared stories of return.
The event was attended by 100 guests, and after the refugees told their stories, an emotional discussion was held on the impressions gained.
The participants of the event also shared their experiences living in refugee camps. The event also hosted immigrant entrepreneurs: Hummus Team, a social enterprise that employs beneficiaries of international protection and specializes in preparing Middle Eastern food; and Habibi Jewellery, a hand-made jewellery business set up by a Syrian family.
June 20 is the day the world commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. Held every year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. Latvia ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention on 19 June 1997 and World Refugee Day celebrations are a reminder that a common goal of wellbeing and cohesion is the key to further growth.
The event was organized by the association “I Want to Help Refugees” and “PROVIDUS” in cooperation with the UNHCR Northern Europe, the Society Integration Foundation and the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga.