Nov 20, 2019

Reframing Southern Voices


omelessness and poverty are a frequent consequence of migration. Poverty, inequality, human rights violations and climate change are affecting migrations across the globe. In Denmark, the NGOs experience a growing expectation that they will come up with sustainable solutions for the inclusion of migrants in society.

Strengthening awareness and engagement among EU citizens in relation to the Global Goals.

SDG 10 proposes a number of considerations and themes that in learning and educational contexts this can be translated into greater reflections on how we organize our society and increasingly push for poverty by distinguishing between the ability to resilience and the ability to hang on to the speed and money earnings for high consumption. In partnership with Kirkens Korshær Copenhagen with support from CISU, we develop Change Communication and methods aimed at pupils, students and civil society to reframe the concept of global migration and societal ethics. This means to communicate the consequences setting the focus on empowerment of people and their life situations, and that we live in a globally connected world where common responsibility is central. It means also to understand the connection between migration and social inequality and what can be done to prevent social inequality - it may involve the establishment of networks, integrate culture, art and local stories where people meet on equal terms.

As part of this project we did a mapping of places in Copenhagen that help open their doors for vulnerable unregistered migrants. From that mapping we produced the exhibition Copenhagen. Inclusive or Excluding City? for Denmark's popular Festival of Politics, leading to facilitation of workshops and 'priviledge walks' for festival goers at the socalled "Folkemødet" or People´s Democratic Event. Later on we created a series of informative workshops and exercises for school classes from Nørrebro in Copenhagen with tours around the migrant's shelter and exploring Shalom Schwartz' Value Wheel.

Priviledge Walk at People's Democratic Event, Folkemødet 2019
Facilitating a pupil's Value Workshop in an old container converted into a class room at the Shelter The Compass.
Exhibition at the Festival of Politics "Folkemødet" 2019 in Kirkens Korshær's stand.

Find below part of our exhibition from Festival of Politics 2019. The exhibition's theme is SGD 10: Reducing inequality in and between countries. It tells about the reasons why some migrants end up in homelessness when they come to Denmark looking for a job and better life conditions. But they are meet with barriers such as a long registration process in the Danish system, discrimination in job centers, workplaces and the housing market, and lack of information about rights = indirect discrimination.

“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”
A map of places of inclusion and exclusion based on the lives, routines and experiences of homeless migrants in Copenhagen.
Migrantion Streams.
A map illustrating the the "Camp Law and zoning ban".
If you break the Camp Law (means to establish a sleeping place with belongings, that can make people feel insecure), the police can expel you from an area or zone for three months. 3 types of zone bans can be imposed: 1. a zone of 400 meters circumference from the place where the charge has taken place 2. a zone of 800 meters circumference from the place where the charge took place 3. the entire municipality where the charge has taken place.

During the last 10 years, the Danish NGO, Kirkens Korshær, has experienced that foreign homeless people are increasingly seeking out for their social workplaces. It has made the organization aware of how existing efforts relate to global conditions such as economic crises, war and climate change. Not least that the efforts required must presuppose a close dialogue with the migrants about their past lives and the stories they bring with them to new countries and new living conditions. A project unit under Kirkens Korshær, The Compass (Kompasset) has since 2012 worked focused with foreign homeless, of which 2/3 are EU citizens and 1/3 'third country nationals', from especially West Africa. In particular, Kompasset has developed an organization of volunteers, employees and actors in the homeless field, which deals specifically with homeless migrants. In this respect, it is a recent issue that places demands on Danish society to be clearer and more solution-oriented. The last 3 years Social Cities and The Compass have worked with culture and information work especially focused on making the Compass more than a shelter of refugium, thus also a place where schools and students, architects and sociologists can acquire learning and reflections on how we should organize our society under new global development conditions. The compass is, by its very nature, an obvious place to create a framework for a new framing: that people are resources regardless of their circumstances and life situation, and that we live in a globally connected world, where it is incumbent on us to jointly engage, include and organize opportunities To everyone.