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Citizen Mobilization: A Solution for Refugee Integration in Europe?

While Europe is facing the largest displacement phenomenon since World War II, we are experiencing an unprecedented wave of solidarity for refugees from Ukraine in all parts of the continent. The mobilization of Europeans for refugees and migrants has been rising since 2015. It is both a driver of integration and a tool to raise awareness on the plight of refugees and other migrants. The conference organized by the Foundation BNP Paribas with the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), in partnership with the Théâtre de Chaillot, aims at outlining the variety of citizens who, in their companies, neighborhoods, towns or churches, are mobilizing daily to support refugees from Ukraine and elsewhere. The conference will be an opportunity to question whether European citizens are becoming a stakeholder of integration policies along with the authorities and NGOs.

9.30 – 9.45:  Welcoming addresses


  • Rachid Ouramdane, Chairman & artistic director, Chaillot National Theatre of Dance
  • Isabelle Giordano, Head of BNP Paribas Foundation - Corporate
  • Antoine Sire, Global Head of Company Engagement and Member of BNP Paribas Executive Committee


Video: Matthieu Tardis, Head of the Centre for Migration and Citizenship at IFRI


9.45 – 10.20:  Welcoming refugees from Ukraine: an unprecedented mobilisation of Europeans


  • Damien Carême, Member of the European Parliament and founder of ANVITA
  • Elvira Haxhiu, in charge of welcoming Ukrainian refugees in Tours and member of the Academy for refugee participation
  • Joseph Zimet, Préfet in charge of the reception of Ukrainian refugees in France


10.20 – 10.50: Coffee break


Video: Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees


10.50 – 11.20: Welcoming Refugees from Ukraine: the situation in Poland


  • Rafal Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw
  • Marianna Wartecka, Board member from Fundacja Ocalenie


11.20 – 12.45: Citizen mobilisation for refugees and migrants: an added value for integration?


Presentation of the IFRI study "Citizen Mobilization and Accommodation of Refugees and Migrants: Towards a New Welcoming Model?" carried out by IFRI by Nadine Camp, expert on asylum and migration issues


Debate and questions:

  • Etienne Béchaux, Board member of the welcoming citizen group ACLAAM in Lyon
  • Suzanne de Bellescize, Head of the cultures and society programme, Fondation de France
  • Guillaume Rossignol, director of JRS France
  • Najat Vallaud-Bellkacem, President of France Terre d’Asile
  • Wesam Youssef and Andee Gershenberg, Programme Intercultur’elles, UniR Universités & Réfugié.e.s


Conclusion by Chékéba Hachemi, founder and President of Afghanistan Libre


12.45: Cocktail lunch

Interpretation in English will be available.

Chaillot - Théâtre national de la danse 1, place du Trocadéro Paris 16e

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For more information, please contact Matthieu Tardis (tardis@ifri.org

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Immigration refugees Europe France