First ever campaign to raise awareness of forced migration in Estonia

by zoejardiniere

29.03.2013. ECRE member organisation, the Estonian Human Rights Centre (EHRC), has launched a campaign to inform the Estonian public about the issue of forced migration. This is the first campaign of this kind in the country where, according to EHRC, both politicians and the general public still treat asylum purely in the context of economic migration, not understanding refugees’ particular need for protection.

The campaign brings refugees’ difficult experiences to people’s attention in an easily accessible way and aims at communicating the basic information about who is a refugee and what are their needs in order to counter the circulation of negative myths about them. Estonia receives a very low number of asylum applications; in 2012 it received the fewest of any EU country – only 75.