01/01/2018 - 31/12/2018
Project YOU ARE WELCOME arose from identification of the dangers of xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination arising in Europe, and brought together 10 countries and 13 partners committed to support migrant and refugee integration, community development and promoting evidence–based policy making in the area of migration. The aim of WELCOME is to deconstruct the process of migrants’ stigmatization, help communities involved overcome stereotypes and develop counter narratives for more accurate perceptions of migrants and refugees stemming in participating countries, especially in the UK, Central Europe and countries along the Balkan-route.
Through project activities, in the “How We View Each Other” research phase, WELCOME assessed how hate speech and propaganda arised on fertile ground of economic and security fears in selected communities, and how they contribute to radicalized behaviors both from the indigenous communities and new arrivals. Then, working with representatives of the most affected communities (including third-country nationals legally residing in the EU) during the “Otherness Dialogue” workshop, we adapted the workshops content and gave them skills to record educational videos and conduct “You and I – We Are Not So Different” workshops, and encouraged dissemination of learning through social action.
We also produced videos about promoting cultural diversity and dialogue as well as peaceful co-existence between locals and third country nationals and also about learning about each other’s culture, rules and traditions with the aim to promote tolerance, respect of common values and promote through counter narratives a more accurate perception of third-country nationals.
During the two years, there were also several events organized, some pictures here:
Finally, at the Final Conference, we strengthen the foundations for continued intercultural dialogue and increase of mutual understanding. The legacy of WELCOME is an European transnational network of young activists, emerging leaders in their organizations, communities, municipalities, with ambitions to actively combat stigmatization of “immigrants” and build counter narratives to hate speech. It provided tools like the Educational Videos and a Guidebook to foster intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and civic participation of third-country nationals, to continue beyond the life of the project, and to connect to a wider European community.
Video from one of the workshop in Bratislava is here:
Document with all project informations are here info_template_you_are_welcome