Tackling migrant stereotypes towards Europeans that impede their integration into the EU societies

About

The project aims to combat stereotypes, disinformation and prejudiced perceptions of migrant youth towards the European societies they are hosted in, which impede their smooth integration into these host societies. Often, migrant groups resist integration into a host society, in fear of cultural assimilation, and loss of identity or as a survival reaction to discrimination and xenophobia. These integration reactions usually employ stereotypes against the host society and the dominant cultural group that aim to emphasize the distinctive elements of the migrant population by exalting their cultural elements while downplaying those of the host society. This often results to the marginalization of certain migrant groups from mainstream society and the fragmentation of social tissue along ethnic or religious lines.

OBJECTIVES

SterE(U)otypes project will tackle these migrant stereotypes of their host societies. It will work with migrant youth and youth workers, training them to distinguish and acknowledge stereotypical perceptions and behaviours, thus diminishing their impact on integration.

THE PROJECT

SterE(U)otypes project will address these issues and suggest solutions through:

a) A survey on migrant stereotypes of their host EU societies. This survey will chart the stereotypical perceptions of migrants before and after their migration. It will shed light on how and why these were formed, and if they differ between different migrant groups.

b) A Guidebook addressed to Youth Workers, and Educators that depicts and tackles stereotypes on the host society and the EU. It will elucidate on cultural differences and intercultural practices with the aim to unveil the stereotypes as such, and diminish their influence on migrants in favour of their smooth integration into the host society. At the same time, it will highlight the common EU values and how they engulf stereotypes.

c) An e-Learning Training Course that aims to improve Youth Workers’ and Educators’ skills on how to identify and tackle migrant stereotypes on the EU host societies. Youth Workers, and Educators are often at the frontline of migrant youth interaction with the host society and it is imperative to have the necessary skills to spot and deal with stereotypical perceptions that might impede the smooth integration of the newcomers.

PARTNERS

IDM Consulting is a consultancy focusing on issues of identity, providing valuable support to policymakers on issues that apt to collective identifications. Our role is to help define the vision, mission, and strategy of an identity project as well as the best practices and methods for its implementation. Thus, we work with various organizations around the world, contributing to the identity dimension of their projects and activities. Identity projects are necessary for the smooth functioning of our societies and economies. Given the multiplicity of our identifications on the one hand, and the challenges posed to some of these identifications – for example from immigration or radicalization – on the other, policy makers are confronted with situations that require expert advice and support – and here is where we come in! As experts in the field of identity, we are able to assume the identity dimension of any given project. IDM is based out of the Netherlands and operates globally.
Citizens In Power (CIP) is an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization from Cyprus that addresses the needs and demands of people through their involvement in social and civic life, by simultaneously providing them innovative material and free trainings related with a variety of fields, such as education (including on-line education), inclusion, entrepreneurship and business, culture, labour market and lifelong learning.

CIP mainly aims at the development of education, entrepreneurship and lifelong learning in Cyprus and abroad. To achieve these targets CIP has an ongoing collaboration with the leading universities, schools, NGOs and research organizations in Cyprus for the development of projects, trainings and educational material. CIP retains a valuable network of professional trainers and educational experts experienced in both formal and non-formal education.

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    SterE(U)otypes is funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. The European Union cannot be held responsible for them.

    [Project code: 2022-3-NL02-KA210-YOU-000096371 — SterE(U)otypes]
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