“OVERTURN STORIES: How Europe can create good practices of migrant’s inclusion” is a 2-years project supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. With this project, Ortygia Business School Foundation, in particular its Center for Migration, acts as a HUB for all those researchers, academics, associations, NGOs, social enterprises, coming from all over Europe and municipalities, local politicians coming from Sicily and southern Italy to promote political debate and active closeness between the European level (commission, council, parliament, executive agencies) and territories at the boundaries.
MIGRATION, ECONOMIC CRISIS AND THE NEED OF NEW COHESION MEASURES
Tension on the migrants’ issue is still growing in Europe and without any doubt, the phenomenon of migration can no longer be considered an emergency; it’s a CHRONIC SITUATION that continues to affect: European boundaries policy, social inclusion, labour policy, welfare systems, access to school and university, healthcare policies.
In this context, the issue of inclusion of migrants has become more salient, especially considering the current financial crisis and the growing political mood surrounding immigration. In south Italy and at European boundaries, were ECONOMIC CRISIS in the last two years has been showing its worst consequences, there is a strong need of designing NEW COHESION MEASURES able to put together local needs and migrant’s inclusion processes in order to lower social tensions.
THE OBS CONTRIBUTION THROUGH OVERSTO PROJECT
With this project, Ortygia Business School Foundation, in particular its OBS Center for Migration, wants to act as a HUB for all those: researchers, academics, associations, NGOs, social enterprises, coming from all over Europe and municipalities, local politicians coming from Sicily and southern Italy TO PROMOTE POLITICAL DEBATE AND ACTIVE CLOSENESS between the European level (commission, council, parliament, executive agencies) and territories at the boundaries.
THE WAY TO A FULL SOCIAL INCLUSION
SOCIAL INCLUSION is a process which affords citizens the necessary opportunities and resources to fully participate in economic, cultural, and social life.
The principle of social inclusion should therefore allow for people (citizens and migrants) to enjoy a standard of living consistent with what is considered normal in the society in which they reside. Further, social inclusion relates to SOCIAL COHESION in which all members of society are drawn together to become more active members of society.
Many migrants participate in the labour market, enrol in education and training, and participate in arts and leisure activities as well as integrating into the community through membership in sports clubs or religious groups.
The EU, with particular attention to southern countries, still faces challenges in its efforts to ensure that migrants and their descendants are included and participate in society. Intolerance, xenophobia and racism, fuelling hate crime and discrimination against migrants or refugees and their descendants, raise concerns in many Member States. In a so negative framework, however, it is possible to find social inclusion and integration successful experiences.
Evidence shows that local communities who work for the inclusion can produce experiences of integration in contrast with what mass-media report daily. In southern Europe, in particular, we can find a breeding ground for new social models.