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Two study-trips to Amsterdam
March 2007

Two study-trips to Amsterdam took place in March, 2007 as part of the project Development of a Network of Ethnic Organizations for Opposing Xenophobia in Russia. Organized by the Center for Interethnic Cooperation in partnership with UNITED - the European network against nationalism, racism and fascism and in support of migrants and refugees. In all, twenty people from various Russian cities took part; Moscow, Astrakhan, Perm, Krasnodar, Samara, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Smolensk and Pyatigorsk were represented.

The trip participants were youth who work in different ethnic organizations from all over Russia, in addition to four representatives from the Center for Interethnic Cooperation. The fundamental goal of both trips was to provide youth with the possibility to familiarize themselves with the work of European non-governmental organizations and with the (to them yet unknown) methods of work in the sphere of opposition to any manifestations of discrimination, xenophobia and the fight for equal rights. Above all, the exchange of experience and gaining new awareness are what we consider to be central goals of the project, since it is precisely youth that is its main receptive audience. It was extremely important for them to have the ability to see how the concrete practical methods of their colleagues work. And not only of those who work in Russia (to achieve this goal, in the framework of the project trainings in different regions of Russia are organized, reports on which can be found at our website), but also of the representatives of European NGOs. In addition, the groups were organized so as to make it possible for the biggest number possible of organizations from different Russian regions to participate. Thanks to that, the information acquired was able to reach further, to colleagues of the young people who took part in the educational trip to the Netherlands.

As part of the framework of the study-trips, participants visited various non-governmental organizations opposing racism, anti-Semitism, fascism and all other forms of discrimination, organizations which also worked to support migrants, refugees and representatives of different minorities; took part in the trainings and discussions.

Read more:

  1. On the 21st of March, the first stages of our educational visit to Amsterdam came to a close
  2. Study-trip to Amsterdam. The second group
  3. The Center for Interethnic Cooperations educational visit to Amsterdam (Anastasia Sviyazova`s impression)



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