PAPYRUS multiplier event in Turku: refugees’ integration through physical-exercises and game-related approaches

PAPYRUS multiplier event was organized in Turku University of Applied Sciences on Friday, 20 April 2018 entitled “Integration and language learning through physical activities and games methods”. The one-day workshop aimed to disseminate the intellectual output from PAPYRUS project, which seeks to help facilitate integration of refugees and asylum seekers, during their early stages of integration process.

The seminar was organized together with Metropolia University of Applied Sciences’ KEPELI project and attracted more than 50 professionals, youth social workers, and volunteers working in social services and immigrant integration programs.

The workshop introduced a series of activities and exercises that could be utilized by youth social workers, volunteers, and immigrant instructors to support refugees’ integration process in a fun and effective way. These exercises are meant to strengthen the refugees’ language skills and knowledge about oneself, as well as improve their knowledge about the surrounding society and group-work skills.

During the event, we shared activity guidelines with functional, playful, and most personalized learning methods for helping the immigrant groups to build a safe and functional group. Attendees were encouraged to try and experience the methods firsthand, and they could also share their opinions and feedback regarding the activities toolkit.

The event also served as a means to facilitate network and information sharing across professionals in the field, and to update knowledge and methods regarding recent development of social work practices related to refugees and immigrant integration.