Over the last 40 years the number of migrants in the world has tripled to account now 3% of the world population. One third of them represent family migration, one third are work migrants and only one third are refugees. These migrants are no more rural illiterates as was the case in massive migrations in 1960 They come from urban areas, are schooled and they originate from the middle class, wanting to achieve better economic, social, political, religious and cultural well being. The nature and the number of migratory flows have changed. Consequently, there are changes in the attitude towards migrations and migrants on the part of the host countries .
RefugeesIN is a continuation of the successful Grundtvig project CINAGE, European films for active ageing.It is an Eramsus+ KA2 project co-founded by European Union and coordinated by AidLearn from Lisbon. It is about refugees, our societies and learning about how to produce documentary films. The analogy between the integration of older people through their learning, creativity, active participating in society and the integration of refugees/migrants in the same way could not be clearer . In addition, the project will be about a two-way process inducing changes in European societies.
Ours being an ever more visual civilisation, documentary films can tell a lot and better about these phenomena. Cinema will be used as a tool for breaching stereotypes and portraying actual and inspiring life stories of well-included former refugees who can be a modelling role for the newcomers’ social inclusion.
This Erasmus+ KA2 project has hardly started. Facing the coming kick-off meeting in Ljubljana, the partners have already written their first articles, created a Facebook page etc. Deeply interested in the project contents, objectives, the type of social reproduction to be produced by the way of life depending on two or three different cultures Slovenian third Age University members have already been to the NECE Conference on civic education and migrations in Zagreb, There they presented presenting the project poster, underlining that there were several societal needs to be met by this project. The need for greater social fairness to be achieved through better social inclusion and greater social cohesion that has been in the focus of European adult educational endeavours for a long time; The need to alleviate stereotypes, to prevent thinking epidemics, to avoid “conceptual tunnels” about refugees/migrants; The need for both refugees/migrants and EU societies, social and cultural groups to understand, to adapt, to change, constructing common life together. Finally, we would e to understand
What about the project outputs? Branding RefugeesIN through an easily identifiable and attractive image; A brochure, a collection of 24 real-life successful inclusion stories of former migrants refugees; A film catalogue, with films on successful stories (fictional and real) of migrants/refugees’ social inclusion. Course Curriculum, a Manual for learners and a Guide for educators; An interactive Website, offering freely the RefugeesIN assets to be enriched by external stakeholders; Conferences & Film Festivals in each of the partner countries; An annual event called "RefugeesIN" taking place in each country; A Conference & Film Festival: Cinema for Social Inclusion.
If interested in their work, you are invited to contact the project partners
Aidlearn, Lisboa www.aidlearn.com
Hamburger Volkshochschule, Hamburg www.vhs-hamburg.de
Foligno City Study Centre Association, Foligno, www.cstudifoligno.it
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin, www.iadt.ie
Slovenian Third Age University, Ljubljana, www.utzo.si
Greek Council for Refugees, Athens, www.gcr.gr