MIGRAID

Migration and humanitarian aid in Europe (1919-1949)

This project aims to draw attention to the importance, interest and timeliness of a special topic such as the migration flows and exiles, and the activity developed by volunteers and humanitarian organizations throughout a conflictive and convulse period of the European history.

It will focus on various aspects of humanitarian aid, starting with the consequences of the First World Wars in 1918-1919 and ending in 1949, when the Four Geneva Conventions have been signed. The last of these conventions related to the protection of civilians in war times, highlighting children, refugees, internees, displaced persons, and humanitarian assistance. In that period, Europe have been engaged in two world wars and other conflicts such as the Spanish Civil War, with huge human, economic and political consequences, including enormous displacements of population.

The main goal of MIGRAID is to analyse the trajectory of the post-war States, the migration flows and exiles, and the labour of humanitarian organizations that worked in Europe in that period. It also aims to contribute to the dissemination of the past concerning solidarity movements and humanitarian aid, to achieve a fairer present and future.

Activities

  • Transnational workshops. The main goal of these coordination workshops is sharing knowledge about the issues of the project – migration and humanitarian aid. At the same time, these meetings will set the development of an overview of the politics of memory about this history: memorials, civil society initiatives, educational policies, etc.
  • Traveling and online exhibition: “Las infancias en las guerras europeas (1918-1949)”  (Childhood in the European wars). The exhibition will deal with the situation of the displaced children in the countries of the partners of the project.
  • Online education kit (maleta pedagógica) and didactic workshop in the framework of Aula Ciencia (UNED). The workshop will be addressed to primary school students and will count with different didactics units (sections?) with proposals to be conducted by the teaches in the classroom.
  • European Researcher’s night workshop: The project will be included in the activities presented by the UNED during the European Researchers’ Night, an initiative of the actions Marie Curie.
  • Public conference

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