The Project IDEAL-M aims to raise awareness about the dangers of illegal migration and misinformation about the journey to Europe as well as the actual conditions when reaching the hosting countries. It will focus on Senegal as a country of origin and would assess the needs of Senegalese people when arriving in European countries, especially Germany where there is a higher concentration of people from that origin.

Highlight the potentials for legal migration;
Provide actual information for those people who might be interested in migrating, through mobilisation of diaspora communities already settled in Europe. Are additional; objectives of the project.

As part of this information is controlled by smuggling groups, IDEAL-M aims to build upon this information by raising awareness of the actual risks of smuggling and of irregular migration and developing a counter-narrative in a wider range of media through campaigning and use of digital media and local press.
The project will assess the needs of migrants at local level and also the potential of diaspora communities in Europe but essentially in the partner countries.

IDEAL-M will develop in three phases:
Needs assessment and evaluation of media channels for effective campaigning;
Implementation phase where campaigning information will be designed and executed with tailor-made messages per target groups and utilise CSOs in Senegal as a supporting mechanism for dissemination and finally;
Creation of a wider network for possible collaboration that will touch upon policy levels and sustain campaigning dissemination.

The project is Funded by the European Union under the call Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).

Led by the UNIVERSITY OF PELOPONNESE, in partnership with
UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE MADRID
AFRICAN MEDIA ASSOCIATION MALTA
P.R.S.D. - ASSOCIACAO, PROVEDORES DE RESPOSTAS SOCIAIS PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO
MIGRAFRICA
GREEK FORUM OF MIGRANTS
HELLENIC AGENCY FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

Kick-off Meeting, 29th of January 2020
Host: UoP, Athens, Greece
Attendees: UoP, AMAM, Migrafrica, UAM, GFM, EETAA

The meeting commenced with a welcoming address from Asteris Huliaras, Professor at the University of the Peloponnese and Scientific Coordinator of the project. Following this short opening the meeting’s agenda was followed.

Each member of the consortium presented itself and its organization. Each partner presented its main activities and strengths while it connected the IDEAL-M project with its strategic plans. At the core of all partners’ presentations was the fact that not only the topic itself but also the timing of IDEAL-M is ideal. Furthermore, all partners presented their experience with European projects highlighting that the consortium as a whole has a fair experience of such projects.

A thorough review of the approved proposal and the various Work-Packages (WPs) were given. The initial focus was on generating a common language and idea on the main aspects of the project as well as the required effort and respective timelines. The discussion focused more on the expected impact of the project and on the importance of selecting Senegal, as the principal project’s case study. While, it was mentioned that a post-doctoral researcher and a non-profit organisation have already expressed their interest for the project’s outputs, which from the very beginning increases the impact and sustainability of the IDEAL-M.

The participants have also discussed and planned the different work packages. The project has 5 work packages.

WP1: Management and Coordination of the Action

WP2: Initial Context and Environment Mapping

WP3: Target Groups and Communication Channels Assessment

WP4: Awareness Raising Campaign

WP5: Dissemination & Exploitation

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