In many European countries, migrants and refugees are often dealt with through a ‘deputy concerned policy’. However, an organisation called Youth without Borders from Berlin follows the principle that those concerned have their own voice and do not need a deputy concerned policy. Individuals should decide themselves which forms of action they choose, and how they approach them.
Youth without Borders is an organisation of young refugees who can provide credible, first-hand information about their situation and formulate demands from the group they affect the most. They are multiplying their experience-based demands to the broader public quite effectively through inputs and workshops in conferences, educational events and participation in networks as well as political activism in campaigns or demonstrations. Being young people, they can reach the important target group of youth quite effectively (though it is not their only target group).
To be more specific, Youth without Borders organise political, cultural and educational activities. Most importantly, the network unites young refugees and supports them in becoming active members of society. They organise annual conferences and demonstrations around their core demands of a more humane asylum policy and stopping deportations and they engage in multiplying their demands through speeches, inputs, workshops, campaigns, publications, peer-learning activities etc. The organisation’s related goals include: the unreserved implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; the equality of refugees with the natives; the legalisation of people without papers (so-called illegals); equal opportunities, especially in the fields of education and the labour market; the right of return for specific deported individuals. http://jogspace.net/