ARTEM – Inclusion of migrants and time bank system
Project period: october 2018 – september 2020
Target group: migrants and asylum seekers, local citizens including professionals and volunteers who work with migrants with an idea of impact at different levels (local, national, European…)
Coordinator: Pistes Solidaires (France)
Partners of the project: Pistes Solidaires (France), Accorderie Pau Béarn (France), Asociacion Mundus (Spain), Replay Network (Italy), Verein Multikulturell (Austria), Catro Bulgaria (Bulgaria), Vifin (Denmark), Pina (Slovenia)
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The integration of migrants is an increasingly important issue in Europe. In 2004, the Council of the European Union agreed on common basic principles for the integration of migrants. These principles give a prominent role to the interaction between migrants and European citizens, with one constant: integration, which, as the first principle underlines, can only work if it is the result of a mutual dynamic process. This process implies a basic knowledge of the language, history and functioning of the host countries.
Starting from the observation that staff who welcome and assist migrants are not always equipped in terms of intercultural knowledge and competences, ARTEM seeks to develop an educational model to develop and strengthen the intercultural competences of those who welcome, (professionals or volunteers) of migrants in the local community – and vice versa – as well as to foster the inclusion of newly-arrived migrants in local European communities by valuing their competences.
The project is based on two training modules in order to be more adequate to everyone’s needs: a training on interculturality for migrants and an intercultural training for locals. These two trainings are coupled with the “storymapping” tool to promote knowledge and understanding of the other.
The original approach of the project is based on the creation of a platform for the exchange of non-market services between locals and migrants, an opportunity to create encounters, to get to know each other and to propose useful services to others, to provide simple answers to small everyday needs.