PEARL – Promoting migrant youth participation in decision making processes and democratic life
PEARL will develop educational resources and approaches for enhancing the participation of young migrants and refugees in democratic processes.
Grant Agreement Number: KA220-YOU-E9CEEEA0
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 01/01/2022 – 01/01/2024
Migrant and refugee youth face many obstacles at individual and structural levels that hinder their active participation in decision making processes and narrow their potential for civic engagement. Studies at national and European level amply manifest that migrant and refugee youth have to face: a) Various legal constraints that deprives them from any form of formal political participation such as right to vote in national and local elections, right to register to political parties) ; b) Lack of tailored education to support the development of skills that will increase their civic participation and their influence over policies that affect their lives c) Overall discrimination and negative media and political discourses on migrant participation that do not allow the nurturing of an enabling environment for the equal participation of migrant and refugee youth.
Addressing the evident barriers and promoting participation is of paramount importance as migrant youth has a pivotal role to play in the social cohesion of future European societies. Young migrants can act as agents for better integration of their parents and for changing attitudes and perceptions towards integration in their localities; at the same time active participation fuels their confidence and forges empowered and confident adults. More importantly migrant youth participation is inextricably linked with the quality of democracy of European societies.
The PEARL project aims at promoting migrant youth participation in decision making processes and democratic life in European societies, by developing novel educational resources and equipping young migrants with the skills to use digital democracy tools to spearhead their democratic participation.