"Welcome to Europe: 3i"

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Welcome to Europe: 3i - inclusion, integration & internationalisation

With the support of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

2016/2018

The project aims to address negative attitudes towards immigrants and destigmitize the current attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers while identifying best practices related to the inclusion and integration of these members into local communities. Knowhow will be exchanged on the use of local cultural amenities as a means to achieve this in addition to examining how front line public officers can deal with this situation.

To achieve this we will organise 5 public seminars in which these issues will be debated on and best practices identified and shared. Focus will be on local community involvement in order to create intercultural dialogue between project members. This will provide a platform to learn, share and debate on issues related to the future of Europe. Locals will be encouraged to participate and give their voice to these key issues, but also learn from good practises implemented in other countries.

Practical applications of the aims will be a key consideration for all results in addition to projecting the final outcomes to as a wide an audience as possible. A “Welcome to Europe: 3i” manual will be produced in addition to project website with special attention being paid to the use of social media as a means to spread the result.

Participating countries: Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Sweden.

About the project

Welcome to Europe: 3i - inclusion, integration & internationalisation

With the support of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

2016/2018

The EU is facing into a time of deep transformation and alteration to its principles with the crises related to asylum seekers, euroscepticism and the stigmatization of immigrants. The task therefore is to address these issues and combat them by developing a project which aims to return to the roots of EU; integration, inclusion and internationalisation (3i).

The project will provide citizens the opportunity and foundation to interact and participate in events that will be tailored to share best practices and experiences on the main topics of the project. By doing so the project will also aim to foster a strong sense of European identity and enhance mutual understanding between existing members and our new European members.

The project aims to address negative attitudes towards immigrants and destigmitize the current attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers while identifying best practices related to the inclusion and integration of these members into local communities. Knowhow will be exchanged on the use of local cultural amenities as a means to achieve this in addition to examining how front line public officers can deal with this situation.

To achieve this we will organise 5 public seminars in which these issues will be debated on and best practices identified and shared. Focus will be on local community involvement in order to create intercultural dialogue between project members. This will provide a platform to learn, share and debate on issues related to the future of Europe. Locals will be encouraged to participate and give their voice to these key issues, but also learn from good practises implemented in other countries.

Practical applications of the aims will be a key consideration for all results in addition to projecting the final outcomes to as a wide an audience as possible. A “Welcome to Europe:3i” manual will be produced in addition to project website with special attention being paid to the use of social media as a means to spread the result. 

Kick-off - Information seminar - Kaunas, Lithuania

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WORKSHOP

Welcome to Europe: 3i – inclusion, integration & internationalisation

                                                                                             

Date: 8 November, 2016 (Tuesday) / 9:30 – 17:00

Place: KTU Aula, A. Mickevičiaus g. 37, Kaunas

Organised by the Municipal Training Centre (MTC) at Kaunas University of Technology

 

The main target of the workshop was to emphasize and to discuss migration tendencies and challenges in EU countries, to share experiences and practices of integration in project partner countries, to reveal main aspects and actions of successful integration more focusing on Lithuania.

Participants of the workshop: municipal officials of project partner countries (Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, and Sweden), non-governmental and public organisations working in the field of migrant integration, local communities, universities.

The workshop was a kick-off event of the project “Welcome to Europe: 3i – inclusion, integration & internationalisation” which is implemented with the support of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

 

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Workshop agenda (you can download presentation by clicking the links/titles): 

9:00

Registration & welcome coffee

9:30

Welcome speeches

Eglė Butkevičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology

Sigitas Šliažas, Deputy Director of Kaunas City Municipality Administration

 

Official opening of the project

William O'Gorman, International coordinator at Kalajoki Municipality (Finland), Coordinator of the project “Welcome to Europe: 3i - inclusion, integration & internationalisation”

10:00

Panel discussion

The unintended consequence of the 'refugee crisis' – rise in Muslimophobic moral panic

Egdūnas Račius, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at the Department of Area Studies, Vytautas Magnus University

The reality of being refugee

Radwan Eid, Syrian journalist and refugee in Lithuania

The integration of refugees in the city of Kaunas

Eglė Jaudegienė, Division of Social Services, Kaunas City Municipality Administration

 

Panel discussion participants:

Thomas A. Bryer, visiting professor at Kaunas University of Technology, Director of the Center for Public and Non-profit Management in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida

Eglė Jaudegienė, Division of Social Services, Kaunas City Municipality Administration

Egdūnas Račius, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at the Department of Area Studies, Vytautas Magnus University

Radwan Eid, Syrian journalist and refugee in Lithuania

William O'Gorman, International coordinator at Kalajoki Municipality (Finland)

11:45

Presentation of community opinion polls and implications for local activity

“Welcome to Europe: 3i – inclusion, integration & internationalisation” project team

12:00

Lunch

13:00

3 workgroups [ split into 3 rooms ]:

1 – Aula/202r. – Preparing our municipal workforce for work with migrants – refugees

ITALY - Pordenone presentation

FINLAND - Kalajoki presentation 

LITHUANIA presentation - multicultural competences

LITHUANIA presentation - methodology

MONTENEGRO - Herceg Novi presentation

 

2 – 106 r. – Preparing our community for living with refugees

FINLAND - Kalajoki presentation 

ITALY - Pordenone presentation

LITHUANIA - Jonava regional social services center presentation

LITHUANIA - Diversity Development Group presentation

MONTENEGRO - Herceg Novi presentation 

 

3 – 213 r. – Existing institutional and legislative developments (do they help or prevent successful integration?)

FINLAND - Kalajoki presentation

ITALY - Pordenone presentation 

LITHUANIA - Policies of refugees social integration

LITHUANIA - international students experiences

MONTENEGRO - Herceg Novi presentation 

 

The workgroups were organised in a way to share each participating country/city practices, challenges and solutions, to reveal recommendations of successful integration at municipal level and in local communities, answering the questions:

What are the characteristics in ideal system in integrating refugees?

What are the existing resources available to develop those characteristics?

What are the trends, challenges and solutions?

14:30 – 15:00

Coffee break

16:00

Presentation and synthesis of workgroup conclusions

Workgroup moderators

The workgroups were designed to exchange best practices of participating countries and to discuss migration tendencies, realities of migration with emphasis on integration processes at municipal level and in local communities. 

 

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A. Mickevičiaus g. 37-104,
Kaunas, Lietuva, LT-44244
Darbo valandos:
Pirmadienis - Ketvirtadienis 8:00-17:00
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