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 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 migrants’ needs. The workshop will bring 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 are 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.


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  • 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