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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - THE JOURNEY! Stories of migration, tales of inclusion (2nd part)

27/12/2016

Dear Friends!

We would like to invite to take part in the project “THE JOURNEY! Stories of migration, tales of inclusion”, which will focus on developing and promoting a new positive narrative of inclusion for young migrants and refugees. The project consists of two youth exchange: the first one took part in Cardiff, Wales, form dec. 1st to dec. 9th, while the second one will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from feb. 15th to feb. 23rd.

Project Dates: February 15th to February 23rd 2016 (travel days included)
Project Venue: Thessaloniki (Greece)
People involved: 35 young people (7 facilitators, 28 participants)

Title: THE JOURNEY! Stories of migration, tales of inclusion

Organizers:

Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) is an International Non-Governmental Youth

Organization established in 1986 and member of the European Youth Forum in Brussels as an INGYO. YEU looks forward to increase tolerance and awareness between different countries, cultures and traditions, and to promote a greater level of comprehension through the development of various youth activities. The main aim of YEU is to promote peace, understanding and cooperation between the young people of the world, in a spirit of respect for human rights. YEU is a non-profit making youth organization independent of all political affiliation, run by young people for young people by means of a democratic structure. Visit our website for more details about YEU:
http://www.yeu-international.org/

UNITED SOCIETIES OF BALKANS - USB

USB is a non governmental organisation founded in Thessaloniki in 2008 by a team of active young people, socially sensitised, and with experience around voluntary programs. Their vision was the promotion of youth mobility, youth involvement in volunteering and their further sensitising around social issues. Balkans and Eastern Europe are geographical regions with many cultural features, which offer a broad spectrum of actions and youth involvement initiatives. The organisation was created as a response to the pressure of constant changes in the Balkan and Eastern European region and under the need for the creation of a better social environment. Key areas of the organisation’s activities concern the defence of human rights, the organisation of youth exchanges and training courses to bring young people from Balkans and Europe together, the organisation of local educational seminars and activities, the production of multimedia contents.


ABOUT THE PROJECT/EXCHANGE
The second Youth Exchange will take place between 15-23 February 2016 in Thessaloniki/Greece.
The countries included in this project are Belgium, Cyprus, FYROM/Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Wales/United Kingdom gathering 35 young people from YEU member organisations.
The aim of the exchanges is to develop and promote a new positive narrative of inclusion, giving the chance to young Europeans and young migrants to meet and share their stories (their journeys) in order to match them with the needs of the communities they live in.
“THE JOURNEY! Stories of migration, tales of inclusion” will lead participants to reflect together on how to match the stories, skills and knowledge of the migrants with the needs and opportunities of the community they live in and become multipliers of “modern fairy-tales. All the activities that will be carried out during the project will be based on non-formal education methods and experiential outdoor education.

CONTEXT:
Migration has recently become a phenomenon of crucial importance for Europe, being it currently shaping its whole history. In fact, more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx and with integration issues. By now, the “EU response to the refugee crisis has been chaotic and divisive, characterised by squabbling over sharing responsibility, cascading border closures and finger-pointing. (…) And recent events in Paris and Brussels have interjected fear of terrorism into the mix.” (J.Sunderland, Associate Director, Europe and Central Asia Division - Human Rights Watch)
Historically, however, the EU has a long record of migrations and European societies have been dealing with increasing diversity for years, in such a way that we may all consider ourselves as “migrants”.
Yet, with the last year trends in migration flows, opinion and political debates all over Europe have been increasingly shaped by concerns about cultural identity, social cohesion, security, access to public services, crime and employment, always largely focusing on the immigrant population as a stereotyped and generalized “whole”. To make things worse, the European Union does not require any particular integration approach. The EU Common Basic Principles (2004) define integration as “a dynamic, two-way process of mutual accommodation by all immigrants and residents of Member States”. But actual national
and regional policies have too often tended toward coercive integration (such as discriminatory measures such as religious-dress bans in France, Belgium and parts of Italy and Spain).As J. Sunderland underlines, “many of those who have risked their lives to reach Europe this year will have strong motivation to do what they can to rebuild their lives in their new homes. But integration policies that require people to shed fundamental aspects of their identity are unlikely to succeed. Sustainable integration should aim at giving migrants a real stake in their new home, encouraging participation rather than exclusion, while requiring full adherence to laws and respect for the rights of others.” This perspective is included not only in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
In this sense, guided by its principles and values, YEU believes that the starting point of any sustainable integration policy should be the respect for migrants and refugees as individuals, with their own stories, dreams and competences. YEU feels that youth organizations and European youth can have a great role in addressing this gap. By meeting the refugees/migrants and collecting their stories (needs, dreams, fears, personal stories, journeys, expectations, goals, hopes, competences, skills, contributions), they can provide the host population with accurate and fair information about who refugees are and what are the benefits of welcoming them in the local community, promoting therefore an inclusive and tolerant society, able to recognize and value personal talents and to empower and integrate them.

OBJECTIVES:
- To contribute to migrants and refugees integration
- To promote intercultural dialogue and learning
- To promote inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding / fight generalisation, racism and stereotypes
- To promote a change of perception towards migration and refugees
- To analyze the migrants’ background, the migration flows and reasons behind it
- To avoid generalisation and promote “real life encounters” / to meet refugees and collect their stories
- To raise awareness on the feelings, hopes, needs, fears, dreams, expectations, competences and skills of migrants/refugees and on their positive contribution to local communities
- To develop strategies to match community needs and migrants’ stories

METHODOLOGY:
Non-formal education methods will be used throughout the youth exchange as we strongly believe in its power to develop the competences of young people. In this process of learning, there are no teachers and students. The activities are organised according to the needs of the participants while the sharing of experiences in healthy environments of trust and mutual respect is encouraged.

ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:
To participate in the exchange, there is a participation fee of 20 euros. YEU International will cover all costs related to accommodation. It will also cover 100% of travel costs if it is up to the limit indicated below and the cheapest way from the resident country. 100% of visa costs will be reimbursed. The Participants are obliged to have receipts of the ticket, boarding pass and invoices of credit card that was used for buying the tickets for online payments. Reimbursements will be transferred after the event to partner organisations' bank accounts (after all original documents are collected, the final report is submitted and the second payment from the National Agency is received).

*To participate in the exchange, there is a participation fee of 20 euros. Priority will be given to the participants who already took part in the first part of the project (first exchange).

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
 Between the age range of 18 to 25;
 Are able to work in English;
 Are committed to work for the successful implementation of the convention;
 Have at least basic knowledge on the topics of the project;
 Are willing to act as multipliers of the project;
 The participation of young people with fewer opportunities is suggested;
 Young migrants and/or young people with different cultural backgrounds;
 Full attendance for the duration of the project.

Participants will be selected by YEU on the basis of their applications, while priority will be given to Members of YEU Member Organizations.

The countries included in this youth exchange are Belgium, Cyprus, FYROM/Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Wales/United Kingdom gathering 35 young people from YEU member organizations.

Dates: February 15th to February 23rd (participants are expected to arrive on the 15th of February and depart on the 23rd, no more than 2-3 days of flexibility before or after the project dates are allowed).

Maximum Travel Costs Reimbursements*:
- Belgium 170€
- Italy 170€
- FYROM/Macedonia 80€
- Turkey 170€
- United Kingdom 270€
- Cyprus 170€
*Reimbursements will be done based on actual travel costs upon presenting the original documents and in accordance with conditions described in this call.

If you are interested, please apply here no later than 15/01/2017 23:59 (CET).


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