IntegraRE – Supporting immigrant integration in Reggio Emilia

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Over the last few years, Italian society has become increasingly multi-ethnic and intercultural. At regional level, Emilia-Romagna has been characterized as the most welcoming territory: in 2017 the foreign residents are 529.337, equal to 11.9% of the population. The policies and interventions implemented over the years, however, have highlighted the presence of some problems typical of the migrant condition, starting from a specific and complex national legislation, a linguistic widespread and initial orientation needs and a persistent transnational dimension of their life. The challenge of the next few years will therefore be that of gradually accompanying all the welfare services in defining culturally competent and effective responses to the needs and phenomena of unprecedented complexity expressed by foreign people.

In this complex context, therefore, it is clear the need for Vocational and Educational Training to contribute decisively to the integration of migrants in society and into the labor market, also through the strengthening of the skills of young people who are specializing in the social field, with the aim of enhancing talents and skills and contributing to the strengthening of a more creative and innovative community, ready to deal with the challenges of the international and intercultural dimension.
The IntegraRE project is part of a context, that of Reggio Emilia, where the achievement of a good level of social inclusion of migrant people is at the same time an objective to pursue and a process that local policies must promote and address through the creation of a plurality of multidimensional interventions (school, training, work, social, health, home) closely related to each other.

AIMS
- Propose articulated actions able to generate impact at various levels (students, schools, companies, territories) that stimulate young people to realize mobility experiences abroad;
-Optimize the transparency of certifications, the recognition of skills, the transition from school / training to work;
-Training professional figures able to identify and respond to the needs of the foreign user, helping them to integrate, carrying out activities of connection between users and local services network and promoting interventions aimed at the dissemination of interculturality;
-To allow young people to acquire social, civil and intercultural skills by promoting democratic values and fundamental rights, integration and non-discrimination, as well as active citizenship;
-Promote mutual learning and exchange of good practices, in line with the ET 2020 strategic framework and for the implementation of the Paris Declaration (2015).

PARTICIPANTS
84 STUDENTS: young people aged 16/18 of IV classes attending the "Services for health and social assistance" and "Humanities-economic-social option" courses within the partner schools. Among the students it is foreseen the presence of participants with SPECIAL NEEDS or disadvantaged backgrounds.
35 NEWGRADUATES/QUALIFIED: Young people aged between 19 and 29 who have obtained, from no more than 12 months, a qualification or a diploma in the social or cultural mediation fields (ErasmusPro target).

ACTIVITY
Project management (structured in 4 main documents, which contain the 4 fundamental aspects of project management: Coordination and Control, Learning and Evaluation, Communication Management, Dissemination and Valorisation)
Trainee preparation (linguistic, technical, pedagogical and cultural preparation)
Identification and activation of internships (following the selection of participants, the candidate-company matching phase will be carried out in collaboration with foreign subjects who will assess the profiles in relation to the availability of companies)
Accompaniment of underage and disadvantaged participants by suitably trained tutors
Monitoring in itinere and ex post
Final evaluation (outcomes, project, good practice)
Dissemination and exploitation

RESULTS AND IMPACT
On a general level, the project will have an impact (OUTREACH) mainly in the world of school and training (VET) thanks to: training results of the participants; acquired skills; job placement; etc .. The results dissemination strategy will support the project objectives and activities, in particular the publication of the project OUTPUTS (videos, reports, etc.), but also the OUTCOMES in terms of skills learned.

LONG-TERM BENEFITS
Greater involvement of local partners (institutional and non-institutional)
Extension of the foreign partnership, both in terms of territories and skills
Implementation of exchange and cooperation projects also thanks to the use of other European programs
Increase of competence and authority in the management of mobility and in the application of ECVET

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