Fostering social inclusion
This section is a collection of projects that have been implemented in different countries around Europe. The ultimate goal of all these projects is fostering the inclusion of refugees and migrants through activities in various fields. The section aims at providing ideas for long term programmes that will be useful in the inclusion process.
The idea behind this section is to present projects and initiatives that have been effective in some European countries, acknowledging that they might need to be adapted in order to fit your own context. Most of these projects have been or are financed through National, European or International Funds.
If you are interested to more examples of initiatives or projects involving youth work and refugees, you are kindly invited to consult the section about Good Practices which is available on this website.
ALCE – Appetite for Learning Comes with Eating
|Country/ies involved||Austria, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Lithuania|
|Target Group||Senior native women (60+) and young migrant women (18-40)|
The learning phase was based on exchange of food traditions and natural curative methods, cultural events, learning mobilities, creation of a recipe book gathering traditional recipes and remedies.
The second year of the project was focused on the creation of a pedagogical manual on innovative approaches for stimulating intergenerational and intercultural learning.
The project has been financed by the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Union.
|Target Group||Participation into project activities is open to any person who has experienced migration at least once in their lifetime. This has the aim of distancing the term “migrant” from the negative connotation assumed lately.|
|Objective(s)||The ultimate result of the project will be the creation of a theatre group whose members are migrants.|
|Key activities||The project has been financed by the Italian Ministry for Culture (MiBAC) and has been realised in collaboration between youth centres and cultural organisations.|
The main activity for the target group is to work together towards the realisation and adaptation of the play La Putain Respecteuse by Jean-Paul Sartre. This will go along with drama workshops, but also workshops about the different roles and professions related to theatre. The goal of those workshops will be the creation of an autonomous and independent theatre group whose members are migrants.
|Further info||https://www.babelcrew.org/vuoto (available only in Italian)|
Facebook: Progetto Amunì (available only in Italian)
|Target Group||Unaccompanied Minors (UAMs)|
Financed through local foundations, the project sees the collaboration of a number of organisations and institutions active in welcoming, hosting and supporting UAMs in Palermo.
The improved coordination among the actors will lead to the provision of shelter and work opportunities for the minors, but also to the realisation of workshops about multiculturalism and training.
One of the key activities of the project will also be the refurbishment of a building in central Palermo. This will become a house for UAMs who turn 18, but also a hostel managed by the guys themselves.
|Further info||http://www.ciai.it/progetti/ragazzi-harraga/ (available only in Italian)|
Creative drama as a social inclusion and refugee integration tool
|Target Group||Teachers and school staff at pre-school, primary and secondary level|
|Objective(s)||The organisation UTOPIA organises courses about drama techniques and exercises to be used in schools as tools to integrate foreign students.|
Drama has proven to be a good tool in order to foster the inclusion process. Drama games, role plays, knowing each other activities, trust games and team building activities are very deep activities to break the barriers between groups.
The 7-days course has the aim of introducing teachers to these practices and techniques, through workshops, group discussions and front lessons.
The Voices Project
|Country/ies involved||United Kingdom|
|Target Group||Refugees and asylum-seekers|
|Objective(s)||Enable creative expression and personal development of young migrants whose opportunities have been limited through poverty, ignorance, fear and discrimination.|
The programme, which spanned over 8 years, included a number of single projects, each focusing on a specific field of arts or aspect of art production. Significant projects included:
ASPIRE – Activity, Sport, Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe
|Country/ies involved||Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Serbia, Spain, Sweden|
|Target Group||Refugees and asylum-seekers, but also professional sport coaches and trainers|
|Objective(s)||Establishing how sports clubs can support the inclusion of migrants and refugees through their activities. The idea builds on the popularity of sports and other forms of physical activity.|
|Key activities||The partners in the project aim at training professionals in the sports field in order to be able to recognise and cater for the specific needs of refugees and migrants.|
The partners will develop and test training modules in 2018, in order to evaluate their effectiveness for sport professional. In 2019, they will proceed to the organisation of national training sessions.
The training modules will help reaching the objective of offering refugees and asylum-seekers opportunities to take part in the community life, and to ease their access to social services.
|Objective(s)||The project is based on the experience of a pilot project involving refugee and Maltese women, realised in collaboration between UNHCR Malta and Kopin. The main goal of the project is to create opportunities for TCNs to be involved within the Maltese society and to share their culture. At the same time, local volunteers will have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn about migration in Malta. This initiative does not create power relationships between the two parties, but foster the constructive dialogue and promote regulated friendly relationships.|