30 January 2017
Vienna – ESI at NOW conference "Children under the radar"
Contribution by Gerald Knaus. Video: NOW 2017

ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in the 3rd NOW Conference which focused on the situation of children refugees and the problems they face in their countries of origin, in their countries of refuge, on their way to Europe as well as in the receiving countries. Experts, Mayors, Members of the European Parliament, civil servants, NGOs and affected immigrants and local residents discussed the topic, exchanged their views and experiences and worked on finding approaches, defining requirements and provisions that can effectuate improvement.

Gerald's panel was called "Voices of Europe" and was moderated by Hannes Swoboda, MEP (ret.). Other speakers included Ulrike Lunacek Vice President of the European Parliament, Rainer Münz Adviser on Migration & Demography to the EPSC, European Commission, Michael O'Flaherty Director, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Kati Piri Member and Rapporteur for Turkey, European Parliament, and Josef Weidenholzer Member and Vice-President of the S&D, European Parliament.

Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com