European Union through its different projects seems to be really sensitized in the issue of migrants integration and social inclusion. In the European Web site on Integration, there is available information concerning this topic as well as good practices that emerge from different initiatives and projects across Europe.
The good practices include actions in the fields of:
• Involvement of countries of origin and host countries
• Employment and vocational training
• Active participation and social inclusion
After a quick research on programmes running around Europe (Malta, Cyprus, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Estonia, Austria, Croatia, Finland) here are some of the best practices concerning the integration of 2nd generation’s young migrants:
- The exploitation of art: Theatre techniques, storytelling, (digital) exhibitions and photography workshops have as a goal to foster intercultural understanding, promote the breaking down of stereotypes, reinforce the respect among people and achieve a cultural exchange.
- Digital inclusion: teaching hard skills that are in-demand, such as coding and web development, accompanied by soft skills such as negotiation, communication, and CV-building.
- Volunteering: teaching language and culture; Strengthening capacities of practitioners, activists, and volunteers to facilitate and support integration
- Youth meetings: Sharing of experiences and mutual learning, following thematic programmes, such as architecture, choosing a profession, sports,etc.
- Networking young migrants with local institutional actors and helping municipalities to formulate integration strategies as well as foster efficient communication and cooperation between local bodies and economically active foreigners in municipalities
- The collaboration of different stakeholders: Ministries’ Initiatives (e.g. Ministry of Education), actions of local authorities on local integration policies (e.g. Municipalities) simulation workshops on problems concerning the employment of foreigners, in order to improve knowledge among public officials on the subject
- Women integration and inclusion: activities that foster women’s participation in fields like knowledge, entrepreneurship, skills acquisition, decision making, etc.
- Counseling & Psychological support: responsible counseling organizations forincreasing their sense of self-esteem, providing information and counseling services to young immigrants, offers consultations to service providers and lobbies for immigrant-friendly policies in social services, health and education
- Social Inclusion Through Vocational Training as well as service providers and officials on multicultural and integration issues, career mentoring for immigrant women, publishing materials and developing practical models, and lobbying for immigrant-friendly social policies.
- Effective tools for workingwith foreign pupils, influence the way teachers approach education and how young students approach educational systems
- Promotion of health and well-being
The Institute of Entrepreneurship development as a partner of RAYSE project contributes from its part in the youngsters’ integration by fostering their awareness about their rights and duties, their social inclusion, as well as the dialogue among locals, institutions, and people with migration background. By organizing local events, the implementation of an International workshop, training of youth ambassadors, the establishment of a wide European network for supporting them in conjunction with the development of a useful toolkit, we reinforce the efforts made for the social inclusion and the active citizenship of 2nd generation youth. As the second the following generations they do not seem to face the same difficulties as the first generation migrants, due to the fact that they share the same education with the host countries’ population, more specific activities should be done by understanding the needs of the 2nd generation’s needs.