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ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence is a non profit organisation that was established in 1993. ANTIGONE’s main offices are located in Thessaloniki with its branch in Athens. ANTIGONE develops activities on anti-racism and non-discrimination, human rights, social ecology, peace and non violent conflict resolution.

The aim of the organisation is the promotion of equal opportunities for all without any discrimination -e.g. on the basis of sex, race, national origin, social/economic/educational status, disability, age, religion etc. Through its activities that are based on solidarity and active participation, ANTIGONE targets to awareness raising and sensitisation of the society on issues of non discrimination, human rights, ecology, non violence and interculturality.


REAL project meeting

REAL Project Greece from Jason Thompson on Vimeo.

REAL international project meeting

Thessaloniki 30.9.-4.10.2019


Reflective Expressive Artistic Learning (REAL) is a partnership project with a focus on the exchange of good practice.

During five days (30.9.-4.10.) young artists from England, Portugal, Spain, Lithuania and Greece will work and learn together, will explore the concept of arts for people with disabilities, what this is and how it impacts on the experiences of people with disabilities.

REAL will explore the experiences of learning disabled young people in the creative sector and reflect on inclusive practice, bringing best practice to the fore and raising the aspirations of young disabled artists so that they are more able to compete in the mainstream.

ANTIGONE is looking forward to host the international partners in Thessaloniki and to organize a good mixture of practical and theoretical workshops as well as workshops from different fields of art, so theatre, dance, music and visual art.

Meeting Agenda

The European benchmark for refugee integration: A comparative analysis of the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism in 14 EU countries


To a large extent, the Geneva Convention and EU asylum rules are about integration. Often overlooked in public and policy debates, equal rights and targeted support for refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection are the foundation of asylum in the EU. Europe’s main way to provide global durable solutions to refugees is through long-term integration. However, Member State policies largely fail to deliver on this promise. Just in time for World Refugee Day 2019, the baseline study of the NIEM project reveals often low standards and a lack of harmonisation on refugee integration across the EU. With this report, NIEM launches its regular evaluations of how governments respond to the challenge of long-term integration. NIEM’s comprehensive and reliable indicators collect and analyse data on the integration of beneficiaries of international protection.

The report presents a comparative, indicator-based assessment of the refugee integration frameworks in place in 14 countries: Czechia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Conclusions cover the full range of integration dimensions, such as housing, employment, education and aspects of legal integration, and refer to recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection. Legal and policy indicators are the focus of analysis, as well as indicators on mainstreaming, coordination and efforts to involve refugees and locals. Results are presented in terms of concrete steps that policymakers need to take in order to establish a refugee integration framework in line with the standards required by international and EU law.

Key findings:

  • European countries vary widely in terms of the quality of their integration policies for refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, this despite the standards set by EU and international law. Europe is far from providing a level playing field for refugees to achieve a better life.
  • Rarely do refugees experience fully favourable conditions to integrate in any area of life.
  • The health and education sectors are making the greatest efforts to help those in need. Much more needs to be done by public housing, employment and training services.
  • Countries are on average better in providing access to rights than in implementing the accompanying policies and measures that are actively supporting this integration.
  • Administrative barriers are widespread, especially to help refugees access the housing they need.
  • One of European countries’ greatest challenges is coordinating their policies and getting locals and refugees themselves involved in designing the solution.
  • To develop and implement their policies, most national governments do not work in partnership with civil society and local and regional governments.



A comparative analysis of the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism in 14 EU countries

InSocial Newsletter - May 2019