MINGLE: Migrant Language and Social Integration

Helping migrants improve their language skills and overall knowledge on the hosting country’s formal procedures and practices.

Grant Agreement Number: 527834-LLP-1-2012-GR-GRUNDTVIG-GMP

Funded by: Lifelong Learning Programme – Grundtvig        Duration: 11/2012 – 10/2014   

Mingle project logo

Challenge

Immigration is a key support to labour force growth and a common practice among EU countries, especially in lower skilled occupations. Countries such as Greece, Italy and Cyprus have been fueled with migrants arriving from the Balkans during the past 15 years.

Despite the large number of migrants within the EU, severe barriers are identified to their progress and integration in the receiving labour markets, mainly concerning their poor language skills, the non-recognition of their qualifications and experience and the bureaucracy and formal procedures necessary to set-up a new life, acquire formal documents, etc.

Innovation

The aim of the project was to enhance the quality of life and facilitate the integration to local society of migrant workers, by improving their access to language training courses and other guidance and counseling material, which can help such marginalized social groups become active members of the receiving society.

Action

A state-of-the-art analysis, based on bibliographic research and focus groups, has been conducted to identify the main needs of migrant workers in Greece, Italy and Cyprus.

Development of a web-based, easy-to-access, easy-to-use Distance Learning Application (DLA), and the respective educational content, for teaching the language of the receiving country to the migrants. Educational content for the receiving language includes basic communication skills (greeting, shopping, getting around, etc.), complemented with sector specific vocabulary for the work fields most commonly receiving migrant workers in each country.

Language teaching material was complemented by a Survival Guide in the migrants’ native language for starting a new life at the receiving country, including guidelines for registering with the local authorities, finding a place to live, receiving social security, etc. Guidelines and formal procedures were accompanied by useful links to local websites, where forms and other material can be downloaded.

Lifelong Learning Programme
European Commission’s support for the production of this content does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
EXODUS S.A. (Coordinator – Greece)
University of Peloponnese (Greece)
Anziani e non solo
Anziani e Non Solo (Italy)
Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute (Cyprus)

Leave a comment
or ask for help