Vocal Europe is proud to announce a new project: TAS – Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis – Migration Labs! Five project partners from four EU countries and one EU candidate country has launched the TAS – Migration Labs project in the framework of the Measure 2.3 “Civil Society Projects ” of Action 2 “Democratic Engagement and Civic Participation” of the European Union programme “Europe for Citizens”.
A total of 411 projects were submitted for the call of proposals for 2019 Measure 2.3: Civil Society Projects of the programme. Our project is nr. 10 among 29 that received funding.
Over the course of 18 months, the project partners from Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Serbia will organize WorkLabs, debates and roundtables with aim to analyse historical experiences, narratives, misconceptions and stereotypes relating to migrants and refugees, xenophobic discourse, hate speech and anti-immigration propaganda. We will be looking into our own experiences of emigration to other countries, as well as our experiences, responsibilities and challenges as a transit or host countries in the past and current refugee and migrant crises.
Project goals, activities and impact
The project intend to bring an impact on the EU Agenda on migration and integration, targeting young beneficiaries, with a direct engagement of stakeholders and policy makers.
Through this project we aim to support EU citizenship principles, and to contribute to the civic and democratic participation at EU level, reaffirming values of solidarity, intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and combating stereotypes, against minorities in general, and in particular about migrations, migrants and refugees.
We will also be looking at the historical and current times of crises, our experiences when we were refugees and migrants, and when we were the host nations to other refugee groups.
The project activities are mostly directed at young adults, decision makers and other stakeholders from partner countries. The tasks envisage to raise awareness of EU policy-making processes, and to boost opportunities for social and intercultural participation and volunteering.
During the project, we will collaborate with our beneficiaries using an axis-based approach: thesis, antithesis and synthesis, and prepare a recommendation paper that will be presented to the EU decision makers during the final conference in Brussels at the end of the project.