Every type of migration has become an issue of paramount importance in Europe at present. In effect, we read, hear and count the numbers by thousands of those who in trying to reach a better and safer place in Europe risk their lives disregarding the brutal passage for a chance of what they feel will be a better life. Driven by poverty, by conflicts, by wars, the vast numbers of migrants pouring into Europe are proving a major challenge for its societies, economics, and even European policies. They flock into boats, looking for the place of their dreams, pouring all their hopes and risking the odyssey of their lives to find a new home.
If national governments and EU institutions and policies have to deal with the impact of such a massive wave of migrations, and somehow incorporate the current migration trend in the new narratives for Europe, then it is certain that our youth and our students are also feeling this impact in ways we cannot anticipate. All over Europe, our students are coming face to face with radical otherness and with a very different range of attitudes towards the concept and as such they may actually have a hard time deciding which attitudes are the most adequate to deal with it.
The scope of this project is, within the limited range of our schools’ resources and reach, to promote a historical approach to migration, disseminating the idea that we are all migrants, from one age or another, to increase sensitivity and awareness towards the migration phenomena, to strengthen moral and intellectual knowledge on migration, to endorse values like tolerance, respect, fraternity, to dismantle false beliefs and prejudices on migrants and finally to reinforce the significant idea that should underline the attitude towards migration: they are us! Ultimately, to create an awareness of how intricate the topic of migration is and what effects it has on societies.
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