The integration of people immigrating presents a special challenge; it is a complex and long-term undertaking. Anyone who is in favour of immigration should make an effort to foster the successful integration of immigrants. Those in favour of immigration are persons closely working with migrants, they represent educational sectors: teachers, trainers, educators; or social and care sectors: volunteers, social care workers, municipal guards, police etc.
The project SIMILAR aims at fostering integration of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers through a multi-dimensional approach which includes multicultural approach and empowering measures in the areas of integration and social welfare. Also, SIMILAR aims in raising and strengthening awareness of persons working closely with migrants in the field of social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and equality which are starting points for proper and successful integration migrants with society. The foreseen activities in the project will equip educational staff, social care staff, municipal police as well as volunteers working with migrants in necessary social, civic, intercultural competences which play a significant role in integration. Through development of the handbook "Awareness raising and empathy training measures for promoting work with migrants" and collection / adaptation of best practices "Empowerment of migrants" for persons working closely with migrants, the consortium aims to combate discrimination and segregation of migrants, reducing disparities in the society, promote positive approach towards migrants, especially refugees, asylum seekers as well as to create more inclusive education for all groups in the society.
The project is innovative in a way that migrants, refugees and/or asylum seekers are given a voice in determining what means are vital in their integration process. This goes on and is supported by the interviews from those persons working closest to the migrants. These persons can decide what has and has not worked well, what tools would be useful and so on.
The innovation includes also targeting new groups which so far have not been directly associated with migrant service. The project is going to focus not only on education field but also social fields, to take into account various target groups working closely with the migrants and having important voice in creating social attitudes towards migration and integration. These groups involves educators, police guards and volunteers.
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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. [Project number: 2016-1-PL01-KA204-026654]