M4M – Migrants for Migrants: Using the buddy system to foster integration of asylum seekers in the society
Migrants for Migrants is focused on fostering the inclusion of newly-arrived migrants in their host society.
Grant Agreement Number: KA204-A392602D
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 01/09/2019-30/08/2021
Migration is a global phenomenon that impacts the lives of most people. It is estimated that 258 million people are international migrants (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2017), while in our increasingly interconnected world, millions are more impacted through family ties, economic exchanges and cultural connections.
Europe hosted in 2015 almost one third of the world’s international migrants (75 million). In 2016, nearly 390,000 people arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean region, most of them by sea (International Organization of Migration, IOM).
A major challenge, therefore, for EU countries is to foster the social inclusion of newly-arrived migrants. As stated in the 2016 EU Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals, “developing welcoming, diverse and inclusive societies is a process that needs the engagement both of the third country nationals and of the receiving society.”
By creating links and sustainable contacts between refugee associations, social services, local administrations and volunteer associations working with newly-arrived migrants, M4M aims at promoting their inclusion in the host communities.