About the Project
According to the UNHCR and the IOM
“Persecution, conflict and poverty have forced an unprecedented one million people to flee to Europe in 2015. This process does not seem to slow down in 2016." As anti-foreigner sentiments escalate in some quarters, it is important to recognize the positive contributions that refugees and migrants make to the societies in which they live and also honor core European values: protecting lives, upholding human rights and promoting tolerance and diversity," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. The project was born after a careful analysis of the changes in nowadays society due to the current humanitarian crisis and the displacement of millions of people fleeing from their countries in search of better life conditions.
The project aims to collect good practices from partners from different EU countries, especially those at the forefront in this humanitarian crisis: Italy, Turkey as countries of first arrival and Germany, UK and Sweden as countries that most of the refugees see as final destination. Spain, on the other hand, even if officially accepting to take refugees, is experiencing a standstill caused by Government inaction, to the point that 11 of the 17 autonomous regions have recently urged the government to unlock necessary procedures. The project aims at creating a toolkit for counselors, former refugees working as mentors and cultural mediators, teachers and educators working with refugees on a professional or voluntary basis, for their integration into the countries that will become their new homes. The tool kit will be tested during the project during a 5 day training course in Italy where each partner will bring 4“learner-staff” to attend training, evaluate the activities and make suggestions on how to improve the contents. The participants in the training will be people who directly work with refugees (such us educators, community workers, cultural mediators) or decision makers such as local authorities and educational managers.