There are three branches in our awareness team:

  1. Concretely, Awareness rainsing in schools consists of connecting with schools with whom we would like to share the information on the definition, legal rights, challenges and opportunities of refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants; as well as preparing the presentation materials for volunteers from the association who work on the ground when they share the information and experience (possibily with a refugee/asylum seeker/ migrant) with the schools to raise awareness on the situations on the ground.

  2. Research and Advocacy has the potential to be the core function of Awareness, as it is a systematic endeavor to investigate, to explore, and to discuss the different relevant aspects of the daily realities, legal rights and obligations, opportunities and challenges of refugees/ asylum seekers/ migrants. The research could be flexibly organized, depending on the research interests and competencies of the volunteers and the requirements of various “call for papers”, be it individual papers with different subjects, or group papers with an overarching theme. The results of researches will be profoundly sent to the call for papers, and be published and presented during the regular conferences organized by Sciences Po Refugee Help (SPRH). 

  3. Events have a strong link with Research and Advocacy, as mentioned, the results of research endeavors will be published and presented in conferences of SPRH on a rolling basis. Meanwhile, volunteers would also be invited to to help organize those conferences and other awareness raising events.

Pauline Haupt
Awareness Coordinator

Sebastian Beyenburg
Awareness Coordinator

Latest events

Afghan Refugee Protection

Online conference

November 17, 2021

On Tuesday, November 17th we hosted our first conference of the year about Afghan Refugee Protection, where we discussed the impact of the current developments in Afghanistan on neighbouring countries with experts:

  • Dr. Alam Saleh, lecturer in Politics and International Relations.
  • Dr. Sibel Karadag, assistant professor at Kadir Has University.
  • Dr Farsin Banki, Professor of Educational Philosophy.
  • Mr Taha Siddiqui, Pakistani journalist.

The issue of Afghan refugees leaving the country in search of international protection is being treated by the international community with utmost urgency. These are some of the most relevant quotes of the discussion. 

  • “We are living in a migration era... For me what is happening in Afghanistan is so ugly, so bad, sometimes I don’t know how to talk about it”, said Dr Farsin Banki.
  • "In 2020, there was a silence about Afghan refugees, until the summer of Taliban takeover this discourse changed… In 2018 started the dramatic increase of Afghan refugees, not with Taliban takeover”, Dr. Sibel Karadag.

  • “Pakistan is asking for funds and help but the corruption does not always reach the people in need...Afghanistan is not able to provide security, so people fled to Pakistan, also for economic reasons...Pakistan says “we are hosting 5 million Afghan refugees, but they are using them; they are not giving them any rights. Pakistan does not host them, they are just a transitional period for them. We should be asking more questions. The western media should be holding the Taliban accountable”, Mr. Taha Siddiqui.

  • “The nature of mass migration is changing as well as the way Afghanistan is engaging. There are five key security sectors: military, economy, societal, environmental, ideological, and the intersectional nature of security is acquiring in Afghanistan”, Dr. Alam Saleh.