The integration and full inclusion of migrants is one of the key challenges of Europe and one that might bring about despicable consequences, in case it is not successfully attained by a united Europe. This effort is echoed also by the United Nations. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, has stated that „to make diversity a success, we need to invest in social cohesion so that all people feel that their identities are respected and that they have a stake in the community as a whole”.
„Cities of Welcome – Improving the Participation of Young Migrants at Local Level“ is Key Action 2 Project between Migrafrica (Germany), DYPALL Network (European Network based in Portugal), Fundació Catalunya Voluntària (Spain) and Citizen Association United Youth (North Macedonia) which aims to improve the conditions, overall integration and participant of young migrants and youngsters of migrant background in their local communities by sharing good practices and examples of integration and collectively trying to find better solutions together with and for the target group.
This project will allow municipalities in partner countries to exchange best practices and models coming from the South, North and East Europe, and compile experiences and integrated ways to facilitate and support the participation of young migrants and youth with migrant backgrounds and thus easen their integration in society. The main need is alleviating some of the challenges that municipalities are facing when it comes to integrating the participation of migrant young people, such as structural and social barriers. There is a general understanding between the project partners that the specific needs of target groups regarding civic and political participation fall between the cracks of existing youth and inclusion policies. The project aims to highlight this situation and proposes a new approach. This project will also allow local authorities and youth workers to avoid the “tokenization” of young migrants, ensuring that their inclusion in participation is meaningful, which is a requirement for their full integration.
The project consists of the following activities:
- Kick-off meeting in Cologne, Germany
- Study Visit “Welcoming Cities: Good practices of Participation of Youngsters with migrant background“ in Lisbon, Portugal.
- Development of innovative approach „Models and strategies for improvement of young migrants participation in decision-making processes at the local level“.
- Monitoring meeting in Ohrid, North Macedonia.
- Training on practices and guidelines on young migrants participation at local level in Cologne, Germany.
- Four Multiplier Events in each partner country and one online Multiplier Event.
- Final Evaluation Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.
The duration of the project is 24 months and funded by the European Commission.