Migration – reality and challenges

14th – 22nd of March 2017 in Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia


ABOUT THE PROJECT_________________________________________________________

We live in an age of greatest human mobility in known history, with recognition that migration is a key feature of our contemporary world and it is still one of the least understood phenomena of our time. There are different push and pull factors for migration which affects everyday life of all Europeans. There is a raising concern in Europe that massive flows of refugees and migrants may be in infiltrated by violent extremists which without evidence is presenting bad public image and therefore leads to rising of fear and xenophobia and discrimination against immigrants.  Instead of focusing on infiltration there are other points where migration and violent extremism intersect, all of which are more important and can have a greater impact on the peace and prosperity of Europe. Migration is often seen as opportunity, promoted and supported by different governments and EU programs, but it is also seen as a problem.


Main objective of the project is to educate young people about the main topics and prepare them to actively participate in their local communities, countries and on European or regional level.

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

  • To empower 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
  • Rising awareness of violent extremism as a cause rather than a consequence of migration and influence of media related to migration
  • 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 how to prevent negative effects of migration (such as marginalisation) in society
  • Understand the EU policies towards migration and mobility and local realities in participating countries and learning good practices, promoting European cooperation between youth organisations 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 Erasmus + Programme