OPEN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES brings together 8 countries and 12 partners, all committed to supporting migrant and refugee integration, community development, tackling xenophobia, discrimination and Hate Speech. The aim of OPEN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES is to eradicate the stigmatisation of migrants and refugees, by helping the communities of the participating countries to overcome stereotypes and by developing counter-narratives through video campaigns and video recorded stories of third-country nationals that give more accurate insights into their situations and experiences.

One of the first outputs of the project is a research paper on the history of migration in the participating countries, through which all partners explored the impact of Migration in their countries’ communities in the 20th century on sociopolitical, economic and cultural level. Transnational and local workshops encourage cultural exchange between native citizens and third-country nationals using different forms of art and digital media that foster self-expression, cooperation and creativity.

The transnational events in Dresden (December 2018 & April 2020), London (March 2019) and Thessaloniki (November 2019) reinforce the foundations laid for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding by involving native citizens, third-country nationals and representatives of the partner organizations in a series of cultural, art and digital media activities that encourage reflection, dialogue, creativity and cultural exchange.