The integration of migrants into host societies is one of the leading challenges and priorities of the European Union and its Member States. The rapidly growing inflow of refugees from war-ravaged countries over the last decade has exacerbated the integration and inclusion challenges for most of EU member states, and has tested the capacity of local infrastructures and service provision agencies.
The partner organizations have recognized the need to develop a project that can act as a catalyst for sensitizing local communities and migrant/refugee communities to remove prejudice and mistrust and open opportunities for intercultural exchange, cooperation and interaction.
The central aim of the project is to develop and pilot sensitization strategies and tools for migrant integration, addressed to the hosting societies, through the exchange of good practices and models. The plan is to educate and empower educators, professionals and volunteers who are actively involved in the field of implementing migrant/refugee integration policy at the local level, who will then become facilitators of the sanitization strategies.
• Review of best practices and methodologies addressing sensitization of local community on integration issues of immigrants and refugees.
• Exchange of good practices and transfer knowledge and skills to relevant practitioners in sensitising local community on immigrant and refugees’ integration and inclusion process to the hosting society
• Develop and pilot sensitization methods and tools in the participating countries
• Organize events and forums to build awareness on immigrants/refuges inclusion process in each participating country, invite migrant and refugee community members.
• A guide of best practices and methodologies , addressing sensitization of local community on inclusion issues of immigrants and refugees.
• A state of the art sensitisation strategy that will guide practitioners and stakeholders in implementing awareness building campaigns on the issue of migrant/refugee integration.
• Empowerment of educators, professionals and volunteers through educational activities and pilot actions implemented at transnational and local level.
• Sensitization of local host communities as well as migrant and refugees on inclusion processes e.g. accept cultural diversity, understanding needs, provision of services etc.
• Sensitization of stakeholders that may promote outputs and results of SENCIT project and or replicate such action on their own.
The Meritum Foundation Ad (Poland)
Vormingplus Limburg (Belgium)
Hypatia Foundation Promoting Equality (Cyprus)
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Project number: 2018 - KA2 -1474192
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«SENSIT» partners (SBICO-Poland, VORMINGPLUS LIMBURG-Belgium, Hypatia-Cyprus) met in Cyprus 2nd to 4th of April 2019, to identify good practices that are being implemented at local level, with the aim of adopting or exchanging some of them, for the above Erasmus+ project, concerning the integration of refugees.
Hypatia, Foundation Promoting Equality in Cyprus, hosted SBICO and VORMINGPLUS LIMBURG from 2nd to 4th of April, within «SENSIT» project. That was the 1st of the transnational meeting between the partners of SENCIT project (Erasmus+ program). The project is about finding and adopting good practises for refugees social inclusion.
The partners made educational visits to KISA, HOPE FOR CHILDREN, CYPRUS REFUGEE COUNCIL and MUNICIPAL MULTICULTURAL CENTRE in Nicosia.
KISA made a presentation of their actions and vision which is the promotion of an all-inclusive, multicultural society, free of racism, xenophobia. They showed who they are focusing on the fields of Migration, Asylum, Racism, Discrimination and Trafficking, and it includes awareness-raising of the Cypriot society as well as lobbying in order to influence the legal and structural framework, the policies and practices in these fields. They showed how they operate a Migrant and Refugee Centre that provides free information, support, advocacy and mediation services to migrants, refugees, victims of trafficking and racism / discrimination and ethnic minorities.
HOPE FOR CHILDREN gave us their address the last minute since the location should be protected, since the program they presented to us is about unaccompanied minors. They told us how they aim to bring together judges, lawyers, psychologists, medical practitioners, mediators, counselors, mental health workers, media representatives, child cares, teachers & allied professionals to contribute their specialized expertise in a practical manner through education, legal and other advocacy to promote and protect the interests of the children living in the building.
CYPRUS REFUGEE COUNCIL presented how they advocate for the establishment and implementation of positive legislation, policies and practices, in accordance with International and European Law. At the community level, they showed us how they pursue the empowerment as well as their mobilisation, and meaningful participation in all aspects of society. So they conduct trainings, workshops, seminars and other capacity building activities to persons of concern, other NGOs and professionals in the field, volunteers and members of local communities, authorities and policy makers. They also told us how they provide individualized legal, social and psychological support to persons of concern with the aim to ensure access to rights, integration into the local communities and a satisfactory quality of life. Furthermore, they network with relevant civil society actors, educational institutions and media.
MUNICIPAL MULTICULTURAL CENTRE presented to us, how, as an Intercultural Centre operates under the Municipality of Nicosia. They offer Greek Language, English Language and IT Courses for migrants living in Nicosia. They also provide a welcoming training area where members develop both their linguistic and e-skills to support their adaptation and integration into Cypriot society. It is the place where refugees can meet people, get oriented, and feel more at home in Cyprus.
The partners also made a two-day conference in Larnaca as for writing down all the information received in order to submit them in the project, in order to help refugees in all three countries involved. Next step settled is transnational meetings in Belgium and Poland, in where the partners will show their countries good practices on refugees, as for the other partners can adopt.
HYPATIA – FOUNDATION PROMOTING EQUALITY