Project co-financed by Erasmus+ Adult Education, Key Action 2 Strategic Innovation Partnerships
ARTEM is a project that aims to promote the meeting and the mutual knowledge between local community and migrants by relying on a system of reciprocal exchanges of non-market services: to make it possible to be recognized by the other for their competences, and to learn by doing.
The inclusion of non-native European Union migrants in European host societies is an increasingly important issue, while nothing seems to promise a lull in the current waves of migration. The European Commission has made it a priority since 1999. In 2004, the Council of the European Union agreed on common basic principles for the integration of migrants. These give a preponderant role to the interaction between migrants and European citizens, with one constant: integration, as the first principle underlines, can only work if it is the result of a mutually dynamic process. It involves a basic knowledge of the language, the history, the functioning of the host countries. These principles also give a key role to employment, which is described as central in the integration of migrants and their contribution to host societies. In 2011, the Commission proposed a European agenda for the integration of migrants from outside the European Union, emphasizing the economic, social, cultural and political participation of migrants in local action.
In this context, civil society has a very strong role to play in order to allow the inclusion of migrants in different local communities.
In view of the wave of arrival of new migrants in Europe, professionals and volunteers are often in difficulty because of the lack of training in the development of intercultural skills. ARTEM proposes to tackle this challenge by developing an innovative training process and tools for not only local volunteers and professionals, but also migrants.
ARTEM has several general and specific objectives:
- To develop a pedagogical model to reinforce the intercultural competences of the people who host (professionals or volunteers) migrants in the local community;
- Encourage the inclusion of newcomer migrants in European local communities by enhancing their skills;
- Create connections based on "doing with", know-how and skills between migrants and the local community.
- To make an inventory of the training needs of people hosting newly arrived migrants, especially in intercultural matters;
- Develop a holistic training process for local communities and migrants to contribute to a better social (and professional) integration;
- Develop a training tool for migrants through stories by digital cartography to improve the recognition of their "Artem" (talent, know-how, skills, experiences ...);
- Set up a platform of exchanges to contact between local community and migrants around concrete learning experiences based on skills and know-how.
The international consortium of partners is formed by organisations experienced in the field of non-formal education which are all providing in their local realities different activities and services targeting young and adult migrants: PISTES SOLIDAIRES (France), ACCORDERIE PAU BÉARN (France), ASOCIACION MUNDUS (Spain), REPLAY NETWORK (Italy), VEREIN MULTIKULTURELL (Austria), CATRO BULGARIA (Bulgaria), VIFIN (Denmark), PINA (Slovenia)