Rethinking the Environment and Migrant Inclusion (REMI)

Front line: Understanding migration and building cohesive societies
June 27, 2020

REMI project was born after a long cooperation and a careful analysis of the main needs and goal of the 13 consortium partners in the area of European cooperation. The analysis was conducted looking at knowledge, skills and abilities of the staff, different approaches were used depending on the type of organization: from observation to assessment and
interviews. From the analysis it emerged that main partners’ need is to link up with trustful European organizations that work on different capacity in the migration sector in order to have a 360 degree view of the main issues related to migration and adopt an holistic approach that can truly help migrants during their landing in Italy and/or their resettlement
in Europe. In this project the word migrants is used in its wide meaning including refugees, asylum seekers, economic and environmental migrants.
From the analysis also emerged that partners can be divided in 3 groups based on their main activities and expertise:
1)reception, resettlement, legal support
2)adult education, employability
3)architecture, migration, sustainable rural and urban development.
Inclusion, sustainable development and mental health support are the main horizontal priorities of the 3 groups.

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide an adequate training to the staff of the consortium in their work with migrants.
  • Helping migrants overcome legal and/or language barriers with the help of well trained practitioners;
  • help and motivate adult migrants dealing with the difficulties they go through while taking part in educational activities
  • Understanding the link between migration, poor housing and/or segregation and possible solutions;
  • Developing knowledge of place-based architecture and migration
  • Developing techniques to produce project-based expertise in architecture, communities and inclusion
  • Developing new educational skills and methodologies in adult education: it will help our participants to approach
    migrants they work with with a broader and better understanding of the difficulties and needs of adult migrants.
  • internationalization of the consortium members which is aimed to: creation of a network of organisations sharing
    common European values; creation of a common adult education framework to be used when working with adult migrants
  • cope with the pressure and the psychological distress they might have to face in some occasions.
  • Understanding the importance of recognizing and fighting hate speech against migrants; using adult education opportunities to help the local communities overcome their fears
    -have a deep understanding of the links between climate change and migration
    PARTICIPANTS
    32 participants will be selected from the consortium staff to attend a 5-day training in the UK, Spain and Greece. These participants will be people involved in adult education sector and working in the migration sector. In details:
    10 members who work in reception of migrants and also train staff/volunteers : cultural mediators, psychologists, operators in charge of health checks, legal advisors;
    10 members working as: language and cultural trainers; managers and educational staff who are in charge of designing and deliver professional development courses for practitioners working with migrants or in charge of finding new strategies to deal with the growing number of multi-cultural communities in their town of belonging 12 members such as architects, anthropologists, psychologists, community leaders, managers of reception and training centres
    ACTIVITIES
    There will be 3 flows in 3 different countries and each training will last 5 days. In every country there will be a focus on different aspects that need to be taken in consideration when working with migrants: from first reception to the role of education, architecture and sustainability.
    RESULTS
  • Project blog and Facebook page; establish new ways and methodologies for promoting common adult education paths to be used across Europe while working with migrants, European values, intercultural dialogue, tackle social exclusion, acquiring new skills for training adult education volunteers, mentors, community leaders; equipping participants with the right intercultural awareness and communication skills necessary to relate with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
  • LONGER TERM BENEFITS
  • Working on a common European curriculum when planning educational activities for adult migrants, establishment of new projects and partnerships in the future
  • analyzing the fundamental role that adult education and architecture has in helping local community to become more welcoming by creating common spaces and tackle segregation
  • understating what a fake news is and overcome stereotypes around migrants.
  • participants will be more confident in their job and the project will allow them to get new knowledge on how to implement better adult education courses both for migrants and for professionals working with migrants.