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: 2019-1-FR-KA204-063158

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 01/09/2019-30/08/2021 


Challenge

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.”

Innovation

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.

Action

The evidence review aims at identifying the current conditions and services offered to newly-arrived migrants, as well as the best practices regarding their social inclusion.
The buddy system aims at ensuring a well-managed service specialized in offering mentoring and support to newly-arrived migrants in order to facilitate their integration in the hosting society.
A training course will be developed targeting Integration Services Professionals and volunteers, for providing better services to migrants. Also, the buddy system will be piloted, by matching integration services professionals/volunteers with newly-arrived migrants, aiming at better integrating the latter to the hosting society.
A manual which will provide the instructions to Integrated Service for migrants, social and multicultural dialogue. The model will be written in a guide format, compiling in the following chapters:
-Instructions about Integrated Service for migrants, social and multicultural dialogue usage;
-Evidence review findings & recommendations;
-Guidelines to Buddy System application, collection & analysis & Integration Services Professionals/volunteers trainings organisation;
-Policy recommendations;
-Guidelines for quality standards for Integrated Service for migrants, social and multicultural dialogue in terms of providing mentoring and support;
-FAQ’s and counselling & advice.
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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre

AFEJI (France – Project Coordinator)
Aproximar (Portugal)
Asociatia Profesionala Neguvernamentala de Asistenta Sociala (Romania)

San Giuseppe Onlus (Italy)
Verein Multikulturell (Austria)
Association Regionale du Travail Social Hauts de France (France)

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