One of the project activities is to develop training modules with the aim to raise the capacities of young volunteers and professionals for supporting the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The priorities of the overall project are of course also applicable to the training modules. These priorities are:
- Inclusive education, training and youth: help youth to become active, responsible and open-minded members of society
- Promoting high-quality of youth work: developing and sharing effective methods in reaching out to marginalized young people, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants
- Promoting empowerment, open to cross-sectorial cooperation and active citizenship of young people: preventing and combatting racism and intolerance among youth. One part of the training would be about planning and implementing community actions and about networking with their peers across Europe.
The pilot training was innovative because research and practice fed into each other throughout the life of the project, rather than research being completed before the training was organized. The development of the training modules is informed by the research work carried up to that point, but they will also themselves feed back into the research as the activities are evaluated and the voices of the participants included: This leads to a richer, more action-orientated and experiences set of outcomes in relation to both research and practice.
The transnational approach helped to create much needed transnational networks and an online platform. It also helped to create the base for and contribute to a cross national integration policy in Europe. This project is bottom up. We also talk to the refugees, asylum seekers and migrants themselves. Their voices are important. We also want to create a clear framework about how to promote cooperation and communication between refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and local communities. At this point, it does not exist.
The training was about generating innovative approaches to integration issues and community building. Through the blended mobility activities and the study visits, the training was fine-tuned to the local needs and problems. Blended mobility means a combination of real mobility (training) and virtual mobility – communication among participants of the training before and after the meeting via different virtual tools (emails, skype, fb and similar) to support each other in their work, create joint actions and initiatives.
Didactic materials are produced covering the following topics:
- Political overview of the migration crises
- Position of r/as/m in Europe and legal aspects of integration
- Community level youth engagement
- How to involve youth refugees in youth organisations (we use ‘youth organisations’ here instead of ‘youth movements’, because that is more general and more correct for the type of organisations we want to reach).
- How to combat discrimination – relationship building
- Problem and stakeholder analysis concerning the good practices
- Action planning to set up a good practice
- Dissemination – online communities (based on what has at that point been learnt from the research).
The training modules and didactic materials were tested for their quality at the pilot training and adjusted based on feedback of youth participants and peer trainers. They will be published online and ready for use. Furthermore, we are also publishing other already existing materials and tools which we find relevant for work with youth and on integration.