Project Name: Integrate – Supporting the integration of migrants across Europe  

KA2 – Cooperation among organizations and institutions  

Action Type – Capacity building in the field of youth  

About the project

The dynamic interplay between migration and local contexts has the potential to be immensely beneficial. Nonetheless, the absence of comprehensive support services tailored to facilitate migrants’ assimilation can lead to the unfortunate scenario where young migrants find themselves slipping through the cracks of integration efforts. As a result, these young people struggle with isolation and exclusion. 

To this end, the overarching objective of the Integrate project is to facilitate the seamless integration of migrants into European societies by building a more just, inclusive, and compassionate society, addressing racism, human rights, peace and justice. Leveraging the principles of Global Citizenship Education (GCE), the Integrate project is dedicated to offer humanitarian assistance to community members, enabling them to not only adapt but also flourish within their newly adopted nations. The Integrate project fosters a sense of shared responsibility, active global citizenship, empathy, and interconnectedness among all members of the community. This approach aims to not only empower migrants but also to enrich the social fabric of European societies by promoting inclusivity, intercultural awareness, and the collective well-being of all individuals involved. Along the same lines, the project is designed to boost economic opportunities of young people and promote social opportunities.  

The war in Ukraine posed a monumental trial for governments and citizens across Europe. The intensification of hostilities compelled countless individuals to abruptly abandon their residences, desperately seeking refuge, security, and support. This dire situation not only disrupted the lives of those directly affected but also strained the capacities of neighboring nations as they grappled with the urgent need to accommodate and provide aid to the displaced population. As of 27th February 2023, it was estimated that more than 8.1 million (20%) of Ukrainians fled their homes, seeking refugee across the world. Research conducted by the Commission in June 2022 illuminated a noteworthy observation; merely 53% of the participants expressed a sentiment that their nation’s government is adequately engaged in advancing the assimilation of migrants within their society. Moreover, an additional 69% of respondents affirmed that actively facilitating the integration of immigrants stands as a crucial and worthwhile endeavor for their country’s future prosperity and well-being. 

Hence, this unprecedented scale of displacement further highlighted the pressing necessity for concerted international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis and to work towards a sustainable resolution that could alleviate the suffering of those caught in the midst of the riots. 

RJ4All Europe could not remain inactive! With a mission to advance community cohesion and human rights and redistribute power between community members in in a more equal way, RJ4All Europe delivers social justice projects and educational programmes like this one!  

Here in RJ4All Europe we keep alive the European dialogue and networking with projects pertaining to people with fewer opportunities and fighting racism, discrimination, injustice and violation of human rights and peace. Aiming at more inclusive and culturally aware communities, RJ4All Europe uses the power of education, sports and art, as well as the practices and values of restorative justice including power sharing, fairness, equality, dignity and respect. 

The five learning objectives of the project are as follows: 

  • Develop the intercultural communication skills of young people, youth workers and community members. 
  • Promote critical thinking skills and capabilities of young people, in relation to global justice and identity. 
  • Foster empathy and compassion amongst young people, youth workers and community members. 
  • Increase knowledge of European culture and identity 
  • Promote responsible and active global citizenship. 

It is anticipated that the project will facilitate the assimilation of both Ukrainians and migrants into European societies. This will be achieved through a series of endeavors aimed at offering avenues for young individuals to actively partake in civic involvement as independent global thinkers and contribute to the creation of educational materials. 

1.Project Management & Implementation 

Horizontal management and coordination of the project and partnership 

2. Training Resources for Young People 

The Integrate project aims to provide access to a 21-hour online training programme specifically designed for young migrants. This programme will support these young migrants to understand peace and human rights, intercultural awareness, the need to respect diversity and be tolerant of others, and also promote inclusiveness within our society.  

3. Open Educational Resources Toolkit 

To promote and develop common values, the Integrate project proposes the development of an Open Educational Toolkit containing at least 300 activities which young people and youth workers can use to support their integration into their host country. Youth empowerment is at the heart of the Integrate Project and young people will develop at least 120 of these resources with the support of partner organisations.  

4.Card Game 

To engage young people and to encourage their participation in alternative forms of education, a card game is proposed as part of the Integrate project. This will provide a series of thought-provoking questions which enable dialogue and participation between migrants and community members and will be built on stereotypes which are often experienced by migrants. 

5. Dissemination & Exploitation 

All of the aforementioned resources will be highly disseminated and via a dedicated website & social media channel for the project, sharing regular information about the project. 

Project Values

The Integrate project proposes to bring added value in the following ways: 

Exchange of best practices

Collaboration and networking

Scalability and sustainability

Solidarity and mutual support

Methodological Framework

In order to provide impactful learning encounters, it’s essential to create an environment where all learners can be catalysts for transformation and actively drive positive change. For this reason, the Integrate project uses the “Universal Design for Learning (UDL)” as an educational framework that guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods, assessments with the diversity of learners in mind (Ahead, 2022; CAST, 2022).  

UDL proposes three core principles, which are at the heart of the Integrate project, namely, (1) Engagement; (2) Representation and (3) Action & Expression. 

The UDL approach in the Integrate project will provide learners/young people with opportunities to engage, be represented, and express their concerns. Young people will shape the development of the training programmes through participating in workshops and sessions aimed at gaining and attracting as much insight into their needs as possible. 

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