European Projects are important opportunities to strengthen policies for the inclusion of migrants and refugees. We interviewed the manager in charge of Erasmus Plus projects of Tia Formazione: Ines Caloisi
How can Erasmus+ activity on projects help to improve the social integration of migrants and refugees?
European projects involve a part of European civil society, local authorities and non-profit organisations that can influence the public debate and training in this field from the bottom up. Implementing projects addressing the issue of integration of migrants and refugees with the aim of improving the training sector and the connection with the labour market is crucial. It would also be interesting if more projects were developed at the local level, in the countries where migrants and refugees come from. Unfortunately this depends on the European political strategy. However, sharing good practices in Europe is a fundamental element to improve the integration status of migrants and refugees, indirectly participating in the improvement of policies in this field.
What differences did you notice in the EMISEI project between the inclusion policies in the different countries you visited?
One element for all, Sweden and Germany, seemed to us to be much more structured in terms of the connection with the world of work, training starts from work, not the other way around. And this is a fundamental aspect because the training is carried out according to the work and is often very focused on the objectives. At the same time we have noticed a different kind of migration from the one we have in Italy, most of them in Sweden and Germany are more educated.
We are dedicating a new sector to Migration and Education, which we consider a second social emergency. Improving education is fundamental and not only for migrants. We are already writing projects in this field aimed at social integration and European citizenship with the RAYSE Project just approved by EACEA. Now we are working on other projects that also enhance the results obtained with EMISEI.
Why do you mention Education?
Because the public school is now a mere generic cultural basis for children, which no longer responds to the labour market. Not only that, some experiences in VET projects have made us realize that the cultural context of schools itself is unfortunately generating children who would need a different education both to grow as individuals and to better focus and develop their attitudes.
And it is not a school problem but a problem of society, of the family that is generating individuals without a solid educational basis. We believe that education is a social emergency that should be dealt with very seriously, much more than it is today.
Interviewed by Francesca Garreffa
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