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“Hospitality: do we need it?” was the question posed last Saturday, 9th march, by JRS Portugal and Brotéria that hosted an open day dedicated to the discussion about asylum and migration issues, given the approach of the European Elections. The purpose of this event was to call for attention to this reality and to keep it in the agenda during this pre-electoral period.

The day was divided in three round tables aiming to answer how the hospitality is communicated, planned and lived nowadays. We began the day listening to three different journalists from different media channels that discussed the role of media regarding the theme’s exposure and public opinion towards migrants and refugees. The second round table gathered a representative of each Portuguese political family with a sit in the European Parliament to exchange their point of view on the subject taking into consideration the European Elections next may. The third and last round table aimed to share true stories about seeking hospitality under different ways and perspectives told in the first person by a stateless refugee, a Portuguese writer and traveller, a missionary in conflict countries and a jiu jitsu teacher that found hospitality within the martial art community around the world.

During the event was presented a photo exhibition with recent photographs from Syria taken by Ouwais Sadeck, a Syrian student currently living in Portugal.

This event also wanted to raise awareness to the participation in the next European Elections and to the online campaign that JRS Europe is engaged in. Sign In!

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