The increasing influx of asylum seekers to European countries, has made more important than ever to take action in increasing the possibility of their integration within the society. This is also one of the priorities of the European Commission, particularly with regards to the inclusion of young newly arrived immigrants.
The main objective of this project is to facilitate integration of migrants and refugees through the participation in Erasmus+ programmes and establishing new strategies to enhance the communication between young people from different cultures and ethnic groups. Although multicultural cohabitation is one of ECEPAAs’ priorities certainly we cannot solve alone the problem of cultural differences, but together with our partners we can have an effect on some factors in order to limit these issues.
The purpose of SCYAP is to increase the communication through trust building between this two groups of young peoples, thanks to the introduction of the new working methodology, in order to raise the participation of young migrants and refugees in Erasmus+ exchange programmes. We have established a set of action points which will enable us to meet our goal and they are as follows:
• Increase volunteers’ and youth workers’ skills;
a. Communications skills;
b. Training to tackle problems;
c. Network with other youth associations to share best practices;
d. Create tailored programmes to build trust with the help of other European partners.
The working methods that will apply on this the project will be of various types.
There consists in:
• Development of innovative ideas;
• Sharing best practices
• Non-formal education.
SCAYP main activities are:
1° Research “Needs analysis of youth workers and young migrants/refugees" June- July 2016. All consortium members countries . working method :
interviews and research.
2° First transnational meeting : “New Needs New Solutions” Ioannina, Greece 03/10/2016-07/10/2016. Working method : analysis and study.
3° Second transnational meeting “New working methodology” Brussels, Belgium16/01/2017-20/01/2017. working method: non-formal education.
4°- Dissemination -multiplier events at local level. All consortium members countries 01/03/2017 Working method : sharing innovative ideas and best practices
The project partners were selected based on two criteria. The first one being the current national migration problems (which ties in with geographical location) they are facing and the second being on the individual NGO activity who involve youth workers. The countries and NGOs selected are:
a. European Centre for Economic Policy Analysis and Affairs
The group of participants SCAYP is composed by two categories:
The first is composed by qualified members of the consortium which include:
• Experts in immigration and integration policies
• Youth workers from the participant organizations
• Expert in communication
• Project managers
The second that is the target group are youth workers and volunteers that are working in youth centres.
Will be composed by young people from different nationalities and belonging to different youth centres.
This in order to increase the impact of the project.
Impact and dissemination:
The impact on participants and partner organizations is wide and complete through the active role in all the phases of SCAYP implementation in which they are directly involved.
The dissemination will take place throughout the duration of the project, with the continuous diffusion of the SCAYP results, such as policy brief, manual of innovative working methods. The SCAYP result will be available on-line through different channels ( Partner organizations web channel, SALTO youth, social networks etc.) . Some of the promotional materials and scientific publications will be also translated in the partner organizations languages. As consequence the target reached will be larger and the impact widen at a broader national level.