IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL DIVERSITY
Project Number PS/202/001. Financed by the European Community and the “Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo”

The future of Europe lies in its cultural, ethnic and religious diversity. Racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism are phenomena diametrically opposed to those principles. They represent a threat which has to be countered. The European Union considers that one of its tasks is to develop concrete measures to combat these trends through the establishment of a comprehensive strategy. “European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.”

European Union is destinated, for demographic and economic reasons to keep receiving migrants, mainly from two sources: Africa and Eastern Europe (future candidates in the enlargement process).

Spain, for its tradition of linguistic and cultural relationships, also receives emigration from Latin American countries.
Despite some outbreaks of xenophobia, integration, in the case of Hispanic emigrants is not generally speaking, “problematic”, thanks to the proximity in language, culture, religion and history. However, rejection to acceptance and integration of migrants from Africa and Eastern Europe countries does exist. This rejection is lower in the case of white European and higher in the case of North African and Sub Saharan Africa, which weigh on historical and cultural prejudices.

For that reason, it is a need for EU to spread acceptance policies:
  • Among natives to avoid outbreaks of racism and xenophobia.
  • Among immigrants, in order to help them to integrate themselves into the society that welcomes them, conserving their peculiarities.


PROJECT PARTNERS
PROMOTING ASSOCIATION
ASOCIACIÓN ALTEA - ESPAÑA Altea Spain
PROJECT PARTNERS
INTERNATIONALER BUND LEIPZIG Germany
ASSOCIATION POUR LA SAUVEGARDE DE L’ENFANCE ET DE L’ADOLESCENCE DE LA CORRÈZE (ASEAC) BRIVE France
CENTRO DI SOLIDARIETÀ DI REGIO EMILIA REGGIO EMILIA Italy
HEART’N SOUL & EAST KENT, COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE,
representadas por CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY
CANTERBURY UK
SUNDBYBERGS FOLKHÔGSKOLA ESTOCOLMO Sweden

GENERAL OBJECTIVES
  • TO STIMULATE DISCUSSION on cultural diversity and its necessary incorporation to a European social model between social agents and organizations.
  • TO ENCOURAGE an active and participatory citizenship, in which the voice of the young future members of this European citizenship is taken into account.
  • TO SET UP a network of Social Organizations for discussions on: values, ethical and spiritual sources of the European Integration (tolerance, solidarity, pluralism) and cultural diversity.
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SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
  • TO ANALYZE the cultural characteristics of the European Union Member countries (Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden and the UK) and future members (Romania,…) and their involvement in the social model.
  • TO CREATE spaces for reflection and discussion on the future development of the European Union, in the context of its integration and enlargement.
  • TO CREATE spaces for reflection and discussion on the values of European construction (tolerance, solidarity, plurality), as ethical sources that should guide the European social model.
  • TO CREATE spaces for reflection and debate on cultural diversity, immigration and the European social model.
  • TO GIVE VOICE to the future actors of Europe’s construction (young natives and immigrants from the participating countries):
  • TO CREATE a favorable climate for the freedom of movement of people, within a space of liberty, security and justice, between young people and society in general.
  • TO CREATE a favorable climate about young foreign residents and their families, who contribute actively to the growth of host countries.
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT
  • Production of life stories of young migrants and natives, from each of the participating countries: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Sweden. Training of one technician and three volunteers per country, for the collection of information.
  • Communication: the significant weight of the project lies in the telling of the young’s life stories, partly live and partly submitted to an analysis, and the dissemination of this analysis.
  • One of project’s keys is collaboration with schools, local culture centres, Media: press, radio and television and NGOs dedicated to direct attention of immigrants in each country e.g. in Spain: “Alicante Acoge” (Alicante welcomes) and University Voluntary Associations.
    Regular meetings (quarterly) in schools, cultural centres and local television.
  • RESULTING MATERIALS PUBLICATION: The young’s life stories and the analysis of these stories, made by Social Sciences specialists.


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