"DIVERSITY AND MIGRATION LAB": THE SEVENTH FIT FORTHEM MATCHMAKING WORKSHOP

"FORTHEM Diversity and Migration Lab – IncluKIT Co-creation Pilot Project" is the title of the seventh matchmaking workshop held remotely on 31st March 2022. The event was addressed to academics, students and other stakeholders interested in and working with migration and inclusion.

Hosts of the event were Lab coordinators from University of Palermo and Tiina Koivulahti, University of Jyväskylä. The workshop aimed to introduce the co-creation pilot project and receive feedback from the stakeholders.

The event was attended by Professors Francesco Piccolo (Lab Coordinator), Marco Picone and Aldo Schiavello (Director of "MIGRARE") of the University of Palermo. The latter also participated in a round table aiming to discuss the feedback from stakeholders. Also Paula Goltzsche (CESIE Project Manager), Papa Balla Ndong (Vice-president of SIETAR Europa) and George Simons (Founder of Diversophy) joined the workshop.

 

 

The Diversity and Migration Lab

The event was an opportunity to present the Diversity and Migration Lab whose aims include: analysing contemporary migratory movement with research orientation that focuses on a resource-based view of the political choices of the various national, regional and local institutions; studying multilingualism and linguistic rights, with particular regard to teaching in multilingual classes and analysing the representation of migrants in narratives and social media.

The lab also aims to analyse different dimensions of the pandemic’s effects on migrants in European countries as groups with specific vulnerabilities and discuss perceptions of the refugee crisis, the right to asylum and the language of asylum.

 

The INCLUKIT Proposal

During the workshop the INCLUKIT Proposal was presented as an Inclusive Intercultural Communication Training Kit for the Initial Reception of Migrants which is a training kit for the volunteers and professionals involved in the initial reception of newly arrived migrants in European countries.

It focuses on the understanding and the analysis of cultural differences during this transitional phase and it is based on the co-creation methodology which aims at employing participatory and collaborative techniques not only during the collection or analysis of large-scale observations, but in all the steps of a research project.

 

The round table

During a round table moderated by Roberta Sollima from UNIPA, the activities of MIGRARE, CLEDU, CESIE and SIETAR Europa were also presented. The main research areas of MIGRARE are: social and legal protection of human beings, cultures and education, global health and vulnerability, social spaces and territories, and environment.

CLEDU is a legal clinic that prepares students for the world of legal professions in a more effective and direct way. Thanks to the supervision of legal professionals, it develops students’ skills as directly expendable in the labour market.

CESIE's mission is to promote innovation in education, participation and community engagement and the growth of territory leading to the empowerment of people. SIETAR's purpose is to encourage the development and application of knowledge, values and skills which enable effective intercultural and interethnic relations at individual, group, organisation and community levels.

 

Final remarks

The discussions during the workshop were very active between the participants and the whole event proved to be successful. One more time – thank you for all the people who made this workshop possible!

 

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