Local Events

Report from Abroad Consulting Berlin

In Dialogue with the other : Toolkit guide about the state of Asylum

in Europe

Aristoteles Institut Bremen 03/10/2017

 

Abroad Consulting organized the presentation of the toolkit guide in a local school.

They also organised a visit to an integration course with around 20 refugees and also their teachers took part at the presentation.

Most people gave positive feedback and the toolkit guide was clear and it was interesting for them to compare the situation with other countries.

For the future, they interesting suggested to put more pictures and videos.

Some of them underlined that the guide is dense of information and a small part were not able to understand the contents since their English was too basic.

Overall, another very positive score!

Local event: 09th September, Altıeylül/Balıkesir, 2017

Sırrı Yırcalı Anadolu Lisesi Meeting Hall

 

Another dissemination activity to present our guide about the state of asylum in Europe organized by the Turkish partner Sırrı Yırcalı Anadolu Lisesi. Once again, we received positive feedbacks confirming the important impact of the project In Dialogue with the Other: Best Cross Cultural Practices for Refugee Integration. Educators, social workers, members of institutions and professionals working with refugees’ support organisations, met together to discuss and evaluate the information presented in our guide. Everyone stressed out the importance of having detailed information available such as the ones contained in our guide; especially they underlined the positive chance to have a comparison of the same issues in different countries involved with the refugee crisis, reflecting the asylum seekers’ reality and their experience of migration travelling from country to country.

Participants:

KATILIMCI LİSTESİ

  • ERSİN YAZICI BALIKESİR VALİSİ
  • A. EDİP UĞUR BALIKESİR BÜYÜKŞEHİR BELEDİYE BAŞKANI
  • YÜCEL YILMAZ KARESİ BELEDİYE BAŞKANI
  • İRFAN SARIGÜL BÜYÜKŞEHİR KÜLTÜR ve SOSYAL HİZMETLER DAİRE BŞK
  • BİLGE ERGELEN BÜYÜKŞEHİR SOSYAL DESTEK ŞUBE MÜDÜRÜ
  • DERYA SOLAK BÜYÜKŞEHİR BASIN ve HALKLA İLİŞKİLER ŞUBE MÜDÜRÜ
  • YAKUP YILDIZ BALIKESİR İL MİLLİ EĞİTİM MÜDÜRÜ
  • HULİSİ ÖZTÜRK BALIKESİR İL GÖÇ DAİRE MÜDÜRÜ
  • MERVE BURGAÇ BALIKESİR İL GÖÇ DAİRE UZMANI
  • BAYRAM ŞAHİN BALIKESİR BÖLGESİ AFAD MÜDÜRÜ
  • MUSTAFA MEMİŞ BALIKESİR IHH BAŞKANI
  • MÜRSEL GÜNDOĞDU SIRRI YIRCALI ANADOLU LİSESİ MÜDÜRÜ

 

Report on local workshop “In Dialogue with the other: Best cross-cultural practices of refugee integration” by Ms Anita Sarno from  Itaka Training

Date 03-09-2017  Venue:   Larisa, Greece

From August 28thto September 5th the training course of youth workers on tools and methods to support young refugees and tackle Islamophobia - Xenophobia was implemented in the city of Larisa, Greece by AID Alternative Innovative Development organization in cooperation with:

Foundation Institute Morcelliano, Italy                       

Associazione Elios, Italy                                               

Sehit Erhan Tastimur Ilkokulu, Turkey

Turkey Europe Foundation, Turkey

YouthNet , Greece

30 people took part in the project, ten participants from each partner country. Main aim of the project was to train youth workers, social workers, educators, psychologists, tutors, legal operators and representatives of organizations in basic principles, tools and methods to organize initiatives for refugees in order systematically to increase the supporting mechanism of refugees. Also to create a solidarity network of organizations that will offer their services to support young refugees. Main content and activities of the project were non-formal learning activities, debates, case studies, storytelling, roundtables with institutions and representatives of NGOs, study visit in Camp of Refugees, workshops.

Specifically the training program included: Deepen in Fundamentals principles Xenophobia, Islamophobia, Integratio, crisis humanitarian reasons; Understanding Culture of refugees stereotypes and prejudices; Legal framework refugees support; Exchange of Refugee support by country; Teach a foreign language to refugees; Investigation needs for planning actions to refugees; Study visit to HOT SPOT of refugees; Open dialogue with institutions and representatives of international refugee support organizations; Development of action plan.

Final products: 1.Creation of campaign during the training 2. Creation of a common action in all countries e.g. a video 3. Develop a plan of cooperation between organizations.

In this frame, the workshop on the toolkit guide developed thanks to the Erasmus+ project “In dialogue with the other: better integration methods” about the state of Asylum in Europe, perfectly fitted so to be rapidly and enthusiastically accepted and wanted by organizers and participants.

 It was held day 3 of September during the morning session.

World Cafè Methodology was used for the implementation of the activity : three groups of ten people seated around the table and at the end of twenty minutes each member of the group moved to another table. Small groups were created to permit a constant interaction and useful discussion among participants (roundtable), in informal and comfortable environments (activity room and lounge bar ) with tables, chairs or deck-chairs, couches , drinks. The groups  went through the following “tables”:

Anita table 1: In Dialogue with the other-Best Cross cultural practices of refugee integration toolkit

Natasa table 2: No hate speech movement Campaign and Council of Europe Projects opportunities

Rania table 3: Non-formal methods tools, books and sources.

Toolkit Presentation process:

First step was finding and visit on line the website www.in-dialogue.eu using technological devices such as laptops or cellphones so to follow all  together the explanation. In this way all participants were active and attentive.

Second step: Illustrating the general content, aim and objectives of the project.

Third step: Explaining the Toolkit divided in 3 parts, Index Overview.

-1 Part: Illustrating the state of asylum per nations, a general overview.

-2 part: Thematic chapters per nations general overview and focus on:

  • Digital integration initiatives: contemporary patterns of migration and support interventions in the modern era.
  • ICT and social network for refugees and immigrants employment

-3 part: Case studies and best practices, focus on:

  • Germany Case Study 1 Shareaus Refugio
  • Germany Case Study 2 Queere Unterkunft Treptow
  • Italy Case Study 2 SPRAR and Riace’s TownHall
  • Turkey Case study 1 Take Initiative for Refugees
  • Uk case study 1 The Chipckea Sisters, world of flavours

-Overview on glossary, useful tips, contributions and contacts.

-Conclusion in plenary session, ten minutes, resuming to the trainers what I’ve done and what I’ve talk about (short video taken on that). Space was given for answering questions. All useful references about toolkit  were shared on the dedicated facebook group of the Project.

Participants were given two days until the end of the project to reflect on the guide and discovering the platform and toolkit for their own so to have the necessary instruments to answer to the evaluation and feedback questionnaire.

Results of questionnaires:

Evaluations were very positive. On 22 questionnaires obtained and analyzed until now, here there are the results from 1-5(1 poor,2 fair,3 good,4 very good,5 excellent) to the following questions:

  • The content was clearly organized: 21pax-5score; 1pax-4score
  • It was easy to locate and get through the content 16-5; 5-4; 1-3
  • The layout made the reading easy and fluent 15-5; 5-4; 2-3
  • The contents were judged as useful in working with refugees 20-5; 2-4
  • The information provided were accurate and stimulating 20-5; 2-4
  • The analysis about the data was articulated and well explained 17-5; 4-4;1-3
  • The sources and references provided were qualified and reliable 18-5; 4-4

20 people declared that the guide provided enough detailed information about the state of asylum in Europe.

Comments and suggestions:

There are some comments that express the suggestion to improve the layout and graphic part to make the toolkit more attractive. Using schemes and power-point slides to make some parts more effective and clear in meaning with key points. Related to that other suggestions were to use technology and social media to make the guide accessible to everybody, organizing also seminars and info-.days in local communities and international events on-line (like action days) and off-line (municipality representants and NGO’s meetings). To create a space in the website related to initiatives and projects for youth workers, social workers educators and all operators working in the field or interested to become involved (volunteer opportunities). To create a network in the platform for organizations that want to develop projects in that field and want create new future collaborations and partnerships.

Having a section dedicated to the monitoring and evaluation of the best practices and projects already implemented so to use as possible successful example to reply in other countries or communities or in case modify that ones with problems or lacks in order to improve them.

Finally, through the workshop participants discovered, with great curiosity and involvement, the toolkit and found it a useful instrument to consult and work with.

KA2 Erasmus+ “In Dialogue with the other”: Local event in London Toolkit evaluation and feedback


Description:

Kairos Europe organised a local dissemination event to present the toolkit as a final step of a training on migration and asylum seekers on Friday 9th of June at their offices in Elephant and Castle, London. All the participants responded with great interest, evaluating the toolkit as essential to answer at their need to gain more information and skills when dealing and taking care of asylum seekers and refugees.

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EVALUATION AND FEEDBACK LOCAL EVENT


24TH May 2017, IES Lluis Simarro – Xàtiva (Valencia)

ALPE organized a local event at the IES Lluis Simarro, a VET school located in Xàtiva (Valencia), on the 24th Mary 2017. 16 teachers took part to the event, all of them with a high interest in getting to know innovative social and economical inclusion innovative practices, addressed to refugees and migrants.
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On the 8th June IFALL prepared a dissemination event to explain the toolkit to volunteers and staff members of the organisation


Description:

This event represented an opportunity for our staff to understand and learn from the projects results and materials. It was a positive and worthwhile experience and exchange of new information and the opportunity to develop their competencies when working with our organisation's target group, refugees and asylum seekers.

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Best Cross Cultural Practices of Refugee Integration

Feedback and Dissemination event: London 6th of July 2017

 

Another dissemination event was promoted by Kairos Europe Ltd in London on the 6 of July, to present and receive feedbacks about the Toolkit Guide produced thanks to ErasmusPlus funding and the collaboration between the partners involved. An interesting moment also to have a chat with different professional figures working with refugees and migrants, to continue our debate about the right of International Protection in Europe and the ongoing refugee crisis. After a nice refreshment we had a look at the contents of the guide and started an informal discussion receiving many positive feedbacks!

 

Participant 1:

“This guide would be a perfect educational tool if brought to schools and presented to the kids to better understand the migration phenomenon”

Participant 2:

“This is a very interesting tool with specific and detailed information. I will use it in my work for sure”

Participant 3:

“I have found the opportunity to have a comparison between different European nations a strong point in this project, I hope you will continue to include even more! "