From Jaurès Métro station, looking down from where the trains run high above street level, you can see the line …
For people held in immigration detention, life can quickly turn into despair.
Two years after some European governments decided to shut their borders in the face of people fleeing war and persecution, over sixty thousand are still stuck in Greece. The country, which is dealing with a severe economic crisis, has little to offer, therefore grassroots initiatives and small organizations come with help.
A radical change is taking place. Cities around Europe – through platforms, movements and international networks – are creating paths for citizens to participate in and influence politics directly.
A number of cities and municipalities all over Europe have already declared their readiness to welcome refugees, including cities in Central Europe, be it for demographic or other reasons. This could mark a turning point and the deepening decentralisation of the EU, avoiding a tendency towards centralisation, as well as renationalisation.
What are the roles of the art institutions in contemporary societies? What are their abilities to react and intervene in the so-called “refugee crisis”? Watch the video from the Art Real debate held in Gothenburg.
*This is the final part of a series, available to read here. Eliniko has become a symbol of the many …