The arrival and presence of refugees in Europe remains a critical issue. Self-organizing grass-root initiatives of citizens in many different European cities and across countries have endeavoured to compensate for what the political ruling class is failing to do: to show solidarity and accommodate the inclusion of refugees in European societies. Arts organisations (an important sector of civil society) play an essential role in this regard. The Fortress Europe session at IETM Amsterdam aimed at pooling together the reflections, experiences, recommendations and actions of the participants, working in the field of culture and the arts, thus trying to find some temporary working solutions to the urgent issue of refuge and migration.

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