Including People with Disabiliti

European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement

Civil protection in diverse societies:
migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of major risks prevention and management

12-13 June 2014, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

EUR-OPA and Intercultural cities have joined their expertise to organise a workshop which will explore a virtually blank area – the access and participation of migrants, refugees and asylums seekers to disaster prevention, protection and response mechanisms and their contribution to making such mechanisms more adequate in relation to their needs.

The workshop brought together representatives of civil protection administrations of EUR-OPA member States and of civil protection agencies from cities members of the Intercultural cities network, as well as representatives of migrants’ organisations. The key questions to discuss were how civil protection bodies take into account the specificity of migrant populations (language, cultural and lifestyle differences) while conceiving and implementing protection and evacuation schemes; and how these populations can be encouraged to take part in this work and contribute to the development of more effective schemes, adapted to diverse societies. The aim of the workshop is to exchange on the different issues related to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of major risks prevention and management and to come up with concrete suggestions.


Mr Christian HANNIG, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University, Greifswald, Germany
Civil Protection in European multicultural societies – starting points for practise and development

Ms Biljana MARKOVA, Regional Office for Europe, UNISDR, Brussels, Belgium
UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign

Mr Akiyoshi KIKUCHI, Sendai International Relations Association, Japan
Disaster risk management and networking - Role of the Multicultural Society Coordinator at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Mr Samir HUSEINBASIC, Head of Department for the structure and training, Protection and Rescue Sector, Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lessons learned from the recent floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr David MARTIN ABANADES, Deputy Chief Fuenlabrada Police Service, Fuenlabrada, Spain
The role of the police: work of the Diversity Management Team

Ms Isabel PIMENTEL, Civil Protection Technician, Lisbon, Portugal
Emergency Planning related to vulnerable groups

Mr Hervé BIGORNE, National Federation of Civil Protection, Bas-Rhin, France
Competences and means of Civil Protection available when a major hazard occurs


Mr Malte SCHÖNEFELD, M.A., Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University, Greifswald, Germany
Rescue – Aid – Culture

Prof. Dr. Bernd MUELLER-JACQUIER, Bayreuth, Germany
Emergency Communication and Conversation Analysis

Mr Mag. Phil. Robert ROZINSKY and Dr. Bruno NESTLER, Language Institute, Austrian Armed Forces, Vienna, Austria
Security and Plurilinguism (part 1)
Security and plurilinguism (part 2)

PD Dr. Elke M. GEENEN, ISOKIA, Germany
Power in the field of disaster preparedness and response and chances of inclusion for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees

Dr. Alexandre REMAÎTRE, University of Strasbourg, CERG, Strasbourg, France
Emergency preparedness tools for geohazards: earthquakes, landslides and floods

Prof. Dr. Stephanos E. DRITSOS, University of Patras, Greece
Development of information documents in emergency management, e.g. in the field of earthquakes

Ms Claudia SCHEDLICH, German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), Bonn, Germany
Psychosocial Crisis Management in CBRN incidents – be prepared to cultural challenges

Mr Yoshihiko DOI, NPO Resource Centre for Multicultural Community Tokai, Japan
For a successful approach to multilingual information distribution at the time of disaster - contents, communication tools and frameworks

Mr Georgi PETROV, DG Fire Safety and Civil Protection, Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria
Bulgaria Response and Assistance to the Republic of Serbia during the 2014 floods
  Meeting Documents
Programme EN | FR

Practical Information
Related Documents
Ethical Principles on Disaster Risk Reduction and People’s Resilience  
Reference Websites
Council of Europe Intercultural Cities

Council of Europe page on Migration and Human Rights

Commissioner for Human Rights

The Japan Foundation

Disaster Management in Japan (Cabinet Office, Government of Japan)

Sendai International Relations Association, Japan

Providing Information After Natural Disasters in Community Languages (CLAIR)

Support for Foreign Residents During Natural Disasters (CLAIR *in Japanese)

Nagoya International Center, Japan

Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe, BBK

UNISDR resilient cities campaign



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