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Deadline project proposals: 02-09-2019
Deadline partner’s expression of interest in participating in the project proposal: 31-07-2019
Action, Measure in the framework Action, Measure in the framework of “Europe for Citizens” Programme: Strand 2. Democratic engagement and civic participation. Civil society project
Overall, the project pursues three core objectives: - To detect national perceptions and misconceptions on migration/migrants and how they fuel Euroscepticism - To implement activities that will provide young people with the methodological and critical instruments necessary to tackle disinformation and stereotyped narratives regarding migrants (typical example: “asylum seekers are terrorists in disguise”) - To raise awareness and disseminate information about the critical role of intercultural dialogue in building a dynamic European identity.In order to achieve them, the project will combine different research, knowledge dissemination and training activities. They will include: - The realization of an online opinion poll in order to detect the attitude of a sample of the public opinion of partner countries towards migrations and the role of the EU in managing migration flows. The survey will allow to compare different national perspectives on a common European issue. - A cycle of training activities aimed at youth and representatives of civil society organizations of partner countries. The training activities will be divided into two strands. The first strand will consist of a set of seminars aimed at examining and debating the political and social characteristics of migrations, their root causes, and the role of the EU in addressing them. The expected outcomes of the first strand are: to provide young participants with factual information about migrations and the functioning mechanisms of the EU’s asylum policy; empowering youngsters in searching and analyzing information on issues critical to European democracy by increasing their media literacy. The second strand will entail a working group exercise, which will require the direct engagement of young participants. Firstly, they will be asked to identify the current challenges that the spread of disinformation poses to European democratic resilience. Secondly, they will be asked to draft and implement a campaign to counter fake news concerning migration flows and asylum seekers. Therefore, the core of the educational approach of the second strand will be a peer-to-peer learning method. The expected outcomes of the second strand are: to strengthen young peoples’ resilience against fake news by prompting them to identify and select the most effective tools to counter disinformation on migrants; to develop and disseminate best practices to counter anti-migration, racist, contents. - Recipients of the training course will also participate in focus groups which will be held at the beginning and at the end of the training course. The focus groups will allow to detect if and how exhaustive information and debates between peers affect the opinion on the migration phenomenon and its challenges. The focus groups will also work as an instrument to monitor the progress of the training process itself - In order to implement an adequate monitoring of the project, intermediate seminars will be held periodically. During the seminars, representatives of the partner organizations will offer different perspectives on the topics discussed. Activities, for the most part, will be held in Italy and will be oversee by IRIAD itself.