Vivre Ensemble, for the promotion of refugees’ integration
My goal is to build a bridge between refugees and the people of Morocco
– Ibrahim, Central African refugee, co-founder of the Association Vivre Ensemble
The project in brief
Association Vivre Ensemble - Morocco
December 2016 - Ongoing
Winner of the UNHCR Refugee Led NGO Innovation Award 2020, Vivre Ensemble is composed of both refugees and Moroccans. They share the common goal of promoting tolerance and integration through sensitizations and intercultural activities while enhancing refugees’ self-reliance, participation and engagement.
The main goal is to promote tolerance and integration through sensitizations and intercultural activities while enhancing refugees’ self-reliance, participation and engagement.
Main activities of the Good Practice
Since its creation, Vivre Ensemble sensitized over 15,000 students and young Moroccans on asylum and local integration, mainly in cities hosting large numbers of refugees such as Casablanca, Oujda, Rabat and Tangier. Vivre Ensemble also actively participates in trainings for civil society actors and partners. In the early days of the pandemic, they encouraged refugees to strictly adhere to restriction measures and supported the distribution of food baskets and rent assistance to vulnerable refugees and migrants. Their active role during the pandemic earned them UNHCR’s Refugee Led NGO Innovation Award in late 2020.
Fondation Orient-Occident - http://www.orient-occident.org/
Results of the Good Practice
- 15,000 students and young Moroccans on asylum and local integration
- 20 refugees professionally integrated in internships
- 60 young refugees sharing their experience, 50% are women
How the project meets the GCR Objectives
Objective 1: Ease the pressures on host countries
Facilitate refugees’ integration in their host country by sensitizing host communities and giving back to host communities, promote intercultural exchange.
Objective 2: Enhance refugee self-reliance
Promote refugees’ capacities and empower refugees to reach self-reliance.
The project will continue in the upcoming years and its reach further developed.
Further support required for the project to continue or scale up
Additional funding is needed for the implementation of all activities included in the organization’s action plan.
Hassan Ahmat, President of Association Vivre Ensemble (AVE), Morocco