Migration – Challenges and Opportunities for Europe (Vrnjačka Banja, 22nd of November – 1st of December 2012)

The participating countries: BiH, Italy, Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic, Albania, Bulgaria, France, Portugal, Netherland, Israel, Germany, Turky, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.

The summary of the project

NGO „IUVENTA“, as hosting organization, will coordinate a 9-days TC, taking place in Vrnjacka Banja (Serbia) on the theme of Migration in Europe and its consequences to youth and youth work, planned to involve 31 participants from 15 different countries in Europe

This project aims at the empowerment of members of various NGOs with knowledge about migration.

Today the world has more than 200 million migrants and this number is increasing.

Although we live in an age of greatest human mobility in known history, with recognition that migration is a key of feature of our contemporary world, it is still one of the least understood phenomena of our time.

There are different triggers and causes, push and pull factors for migration which affects everyday life of all Europeans. There is forced migration and voluntary migration, different reasons and consequences of migration which have lead to new migration routes.

All the world is affected by migration, and especially young people, who are one of the most mobile groups and the ones who determine how the future world will look like. For this it’s important that people working with young people would be aware of the causes, opportunities and consequences of migration and could support both – young emigrants and immigrants by creating opportunities and providing support these young people need.

In this project we will talk about migration problem and reason for migration in all the world, but  special part of training is reserve for migration problem in Europe.

Through non-formal education methods (working groups, icebreakers, energizers, pedagogical games, field visits, debates, brainstorming, plenary sessions with presentations by experts and participants, sharing of knowledge and best practices, world café) and informal moments (thematic evenings), participants will be leaded to “see, judge and act” on the realities surrounding the Migration phenomenon.

Aims of the project:

The aims and objectives of the training course are as follows:

  • Fostering reflection on different dimensions of migration and mobility, understanding the theoretical framework of migration trends and new migration in Europe and its global effects
  • Exchange of experience and good practice in youth work, related to international/local migration and mobility and its influence on young people in Europe
  • Training youth workers and youth leaders in addressing the challenges and opportunities resulting from migration for young people /society as a whole
  • Raising the competence of youth workers and youth leaders about the push and pull factors of migration and causes and consequences of migration and how to prevent negative effects of migration (such as marginalization) in society
  • Understand the EU policies towards migration and mobility and local realities in participating countries and learning good practices
  • Improve competences about different (youth) mobility opportunities in Europe
  • To promote European cooperation between youth organisations to promote youth mobility and engage youth with immigrant backgrounds in organizations’ activities
  • Develop new initiatives in the field of migration and mobility for young people within the framework of the Youth in Action Programme

Outcomes of the project:

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