Migration and integration

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot, together we can do great things.” (Mother Teresa)

A society cannot be such if there is no concrete effort to foster a process of integration among all its members. Today this is particularly relevant, with the increase in multiculturalism brought along both by migratory flows and globalization. While prejudice, discrimination, and fear do often emerge, we cannot succumb to them. On the contrary, we must fight back to create unity through diversity, acknowledging the fact that our differences contribute to make better and richer communities. Our real strength lies in moving together as a whole community, not as segregated individuals.

Inclusion has been one of the aims of the project from the start. Decisions on which competence was crucial was determined principally by how inclusion can be fostered specifically among those considered with “fewer opportunities”, such as the migrant communities, the unemployed youth, those without voice in civil society, and those deprived of the right to learn. Approaches to these challenges was two-pronged: Integration of migrants through understanding of diversity and dialogue among persons of different cultural backgrounds, and, approach to youth unemployment through intense development of needed competences to better equip them for employment.