LESSONS LEARNT FROM SOLIDAR MEMBERS PROMOTING INTEGRATION AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
CASE STUDIES FROM ITALY, CROATIA AND THE NETHERLANDS
The exceptional refugee and migrant flow to Europe of the last months represents a set of challenges and opportunities which cannot be solved by emergency measures alone, it must be accompanied by comprehensive investment plans to facilitate long-term integration of the newcomers and social cohesion.
…but how to do that? How to empower migrants and refugees to truly participate in the life of their communities? How to support their socio-economic integration? How to promote a culture of peace and intercultural coexistence in the hosting communities? The programmes and activities implemented by our committed and competent members in the field of integration deliver concrete and inspiring examples.
In 2015 SOLIDAR carried out an extensive consultation to map out our members’ activities and collected case studies presenting examples of SOLIDAR members’ activities. Some of these case studies show the important role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in promoting inclusive growth and social cohesion in Europe, with a focus on migrants’ integration.
The other face of the sun in Italy implemented by AUSER
“The other face of the sun” is a multicultural center run by elderly volunteers in Italy who provide language courses for migrants, after-school mentoring programmes and a sewing workshop for migrant women.
A taste of home in Croatia implemented by the Centre for Peace Studies
A Taste of Home is a culinary-cultural-research project that introduces the culture, customs and societies of origin of refugees in Croatia by recording their memories of home, and smells and tastes of their cuisine. This is an experiment in sharing the life stories and culinary skills of refugees and people from Croatia.
Participation in the neighbourhood in the Netherlands implemented by Humanitas
Participating in Neighbourhoods aims to empower migrants to fully participate in local society. Volunteers assist them to reach the participation goals they set themselves and to get a better command of the Dutch language.