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29/03/2019
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Panel 5: Civil Society and Refugees: Lessons Learned

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KEYNOTE SPEECH:

Elias Bierdel, Author and Human Rights Activist

MODERATOR:

Monika M.Kalcsics, Journalist

PANEL MEMBERS:

Elias Bierdel, Author and Human Rights Activist

Waltraud Heller, Programme Manager Civil Society Cooperation, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Manuela Ertl, Train of Hope

Matthias Drexel, Head of Department Emergency and Disaster Relief, Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna

Forced displacement has witnessed humanitarian tragedies aplenty, which might have been graver if not for the pressure exerted by civil society and the action taken by it. Initially widely applauded for their sheer humanity the situation has changed over the past year. This panel seeks to explore the opportunities and challenges inherent in grassroots initiatives.