The policy roundtable in the European Parliament in Brussels was an opportunity to present the project’s findings and recommendations for policymakers: a booklet of proposals for long-term solutions to tackle issues that are too often treated with short-term urgency. They include initiatives to raise awareness of the long-term consequences of trauma and silence for individuals, families, and societies. They also address how to diminish the stereotyping of migrants and all forms of ‘othering’ in public discourse.
Identity on the Line’s policy recommendations:
After the war in Ukraine started, the project decided to support Ukrainian film producers to make a movie about Crimean Tatars. This minority group has experienced forced migration several times during the last 70 years.
The documentary “The Crimeans” show the families of Lierane Khaibullaieva and Amet and Dilyara Bekir, who emigrated from Crimea after its annexation by Russia. They currently live in emigration in western Ukraine. Lierane Khaibullaieva has opened a new coffee shop in Lviv, while the Bekir family is engaged in children’s educational projects. They still dream of returning to Crimea and not losing themselves.
At the European Museum Academy (EMA) annual ceremony on the 10th of September, the large-scale cooperation project Identity on the Line (2019-2023) received the once-in-a-while EMA Prize for its outstanding contribution to understanding migration and Identity in Europe.
The EMA Board decided to give the EMA Prize to the project because:
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The project is a broad cooperation between partner institutions in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Slovenia and Croatia. Starting with similar approaches and using the same methods, each museum will work on one important migration process in its country by collecting and facilitating sensitive narratives in local exhibitions and uncovering challenges which have not been addressed before. The main findings and common features will be summarized and made available as a joint travel exhibition within Europe and a digital package for education.