PROMISE Newsletter

Apr 7, 2019
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PROMISE Erasmus+ project gets underway

Feb 1, 2019
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“Promoting refugee & migrant integration through education”

The PROMISE project kicked off in Roscommon on October 30th of 2018, Roscommon Leader partnership held the meeting in their offices in Roscommon and representatives were there from all of the partner countries. This meeting was the perfect way for everyone to get introduced to each other and to begin what will be a productive and effective partnership!

This project focuses on the promotion of integration for migrants and refugees through the use of education. Education an invaluable tool which can be utilised in many ways, it can broaden horizons, open minds and create connects all across the world. The beauty of the Erasmus+ projects is that the knowledge which is used in one country can be transferred, shared and adapted by another country or region to better themselves. This type of peer knowledge exchange and “best practice” sharing is vital to the success, not only this project, but also the wider impact that integration and inclusion should have on society.

Below I have outlined some of the outputs which this project will produce, keep your eyes peeled for more information and see how you can get involved with testing some of the resources which are being created!

Action Plans enable organizations in host communities to better plan their support structures and training activities in coordination with other actors. The Plans will include directories of organizations and services, outline of areas of responsibility, guide impact evaluation activities and create shared learning opportunities.

A Social Inclusion Toolkit which presents best practice from across the EU which educators can replicate or adapt in their own communities. Approaches will be organized thematically – education, labour market, civic participation, daily life – but transversal issues will be highlighted, e.g. gender differences, mental health, host community involvement etc.

Open Educational Resources- for service providers: a set of integrated multimedia resources organized around a our framework which provides adult education providers with the structure, example learning activities and suggested content to deliver comprehensive, effective intercultural training.

Online resources- A multilingual web based platform optimised for tablet and smartphone access that can be used directly by refugees and migrants.

This project will have a lasting impact on education providers, who will have access to high quality training materials and will gain a better understanding of how to include migrants in our society. Refugees and asylum seekers will benefit from gaining knowledge, skills and cultural “know how” which will help them to successfully integrate into their new community. Finally, the impact will be felt by each partner in this project and their wider communities and stakeholders, who will benefit from gaining a wider understanding and knowledge of how we can do our best to integrate migrants into our society.

Immigration in Britain

Feb 1, 2019
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PROMISE project covers important topics as France and the UK deploy drones to prevent Iranian Migrants entering Britain.

The impact of Brexit is here and the reality of it is frightening. In this time where inclusion and diversity are straining to break through and becoming the “norm” in our daily society, Brexit is creating a fear factor which is bring out the worst in some regions. Britain being one of those regions. Migration was one of the most polarizing factors behind the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in the first place. Now, as Prime Minister Theresa May attempts to secure support for her deal, the country has seen an almost on-cue news story about illegal migration and border security, with the compelling TV news footage to match.

In recent years, safer crossings on vehicles using the Channel Tunnel have become harder as security has been tightened. Now traffickers have tapped into the lucrative trade in the aspiration of Iranian migrants to cross by other, more dangerous means. Collaboration between the UK and French law enforcement focuses on identifying and tracking down the organizers behind the crossings. Last week, the UK’s National Crime Agency arrested two people in Manchester for organizing illegal and reckless Channel crossings. One of the men was an Iranian national.

Law enforcement collaboration is key to ensuring European safety and security, this will be irreparably damaged by a no-deal Brexit, which threatens the security of the residents.  The extensive data sharing arrangements in place across the EU will lose the UK as a participant post-March. Whilst other arrangements will be put in place in time, UK law enforcement leaders have been expressed strong nervousness about the short- and longer-term implications.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said yesterday that “it is in our interests, as well as British interests, to do everything possible to prevent the development of new trafficking routes that might attract illegal migrants to our coast once again,” and announced a step-up in measures to prevent migrants crossing the Channel to England.

We have to ask ourselves the question, “Are we doing the best that we can do for these people?”

A situation where these people will uproot their lives, carry their children onto tiny boats to make a treacherous journey, where many do not make it to land, just to escape their homeland is clearly a scary situation. It is a sad reflection on our society that we are turning these people away, protecting our own bubble, in their hour of need.