The project is structured around a partnership of 5 countries. The activities will positively impact these countries as they represent key areas where migration and integration issues are pivotal as they are to the EU in general.
The activities will benefit the young beneficiaries and the population via highly effective outputs due to their implementation within a European cross-border dimension. The proposal will directly and indirectly involve high-level stakeholders that can influence EU policies, particularly as far as migration is concerned.
The involvement of 5 countries will ensure transnationality and interculturality also via the presence of 1 partner representative in each workshop via a rotation method; the presence of fewer opportunity people and particularly migrants; the telematic presence of EU officials.
The partners (Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Romania, Portugal) will organise 5 workshops and 1 final international event to raise their awareness on the different migrants’ groups in Europe (European and non-European migrants) and on the different patterns, paths and specificities related to their migration. The workshops will also analyse how the countries reacted from becoming a migrants’ host country to a migrants’ sending one.
The workshops will analyse migration related stereotypes, foster counter narratives, and culminate with a propositive output in the form of recommendation paper. The workshops will reunite the beneficiaries to raise their awareness on the different migrants’ waves in Europe (from, within and to Europe) and on the different patterns, paths and specificity related to their integration and migration. The workshops will also analyse how the countries reacted from becoming a migrants’ host country to a migrants’ sending one. The methods will be implemented through a particular pedagogical approach including presentations, round tables, simulation, debates and gamified dynamics. The outcomes of the workshops will be highly integrated in a European dimension frame and will be the sensibilisation and empowerment of 105 young beneficiaries.
The 5 workshops will be structured in a thesis, antithesis and synthesis format (TAS): during the first 2 thesis workshops the beneficiaries will be presented with key concepts and an overview of the migrants’ groups, their history, present, migration patterns and paths will be shared, and debates and round tables will be set up. During the two antithesis workshops, counter narratives on common migrants and refugees-related misconceptions and stereotypes will be discussed (e.g. anti-African, anti-Muslim, anti-gypsyism, antisemitic or other prejudices, and related anti-migrant propaganda). The fifth synthesis workshop will see the creation by each partner’s beneficiaries of a recommendation paper to be presented to EU policy makers during the international event. The papers will contain the beneficiaries’ opinions on the analysed migrations (thesis); their view on the stereotypes and counter narratives that they themselves will produce (antithesis); and the proposed solutions to the policy makers (synthesis).
The beneficiaries will be informed of democratic and civic involvement opportunities such as the Structured Dialogues and the EU Solidarity Corps. The project will involve EU Solidarity Corps Volunteers in volunteering activities related to migrants and migration according to the specificity of each hosting partner organisation.
The International Event
The international event will put the beneficiaries in direct dialogue with EU officials, with whom they will have already interacted telematically during the workshops. The final event will create a channel of communication between the EU officials and the involved young people.
This methodology will aim at ensuring that awareness-raising takes place online with positive repercussion both online/offline. The method will guarantee that many people are engaged and that the dissemination is effective and impactful qualitatively and quantitatively.
The Design Thinking Concept
The Design Thinking concept, which has been already tested by the partnership in other proposals is a user-centered approach to solve e.g. social problems used already widely in the business world and e.g. in local governments, but lesser used in the third sector. It allows to have a peer learning approach where beneficiaries set their own goals and can take full ownership of the process.