New forms of European citizenship in migration era


European project NECME “New forms of European citizenship in migration era” has started in 16 different European countries. The project, funded under the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, involves 17 Civil society organizations, universities and other organizations, and is coordinated by the Italian Foundation “Giovanni e Francesca Falcone”, managed by relatives and colleagues of the anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone who was killed in 1992. The project is aimed to explore how migration phenomena is affecting European civil society in terms of new experiences of civic engagement and active citizenship.

The organizations participating: Antigone - Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence; Asociatia Gipsy Eye;  Association InformaGiovani; Aventura Marão Clube; Beyond Barriers; FOPSIM; Fundacio Privada Ficat; Fundacja Tale Euro Est; IMI; LeISA gGmbH; Media Education Centre; Mezinarodni vzdelavaci centrum GEMS; NGO Sfera Macedonia; Out of the Box International;  Udruga Agencija Lokalne Demokracije, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.

To had better understanding of the current situation, an international survey was launched, and almost 4000 responses were collected in all project partner countries. The results of the survey are available here.

The survey, elaborated by Palermo (Italy) and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Valmiera – LV), made it possible to record and analyze the perception of migration and migrants in European society, also focusing on how migrants are victims of organized crime or are involved in it.

“Consistent migration flow during last years have influence on European Civil society – said Maria Falcone, president of the “Falcone Foundation” – and all of us must take an active role to overcome xenophobic, intolerant and discriminating behaviors.

Through the involvement of different stakeholders (teachers, representatives of associations and European agencies, administrators of public institutions, journalists, law enforcement, …) and the adoption of different methodologies, participants of the project will be stimulated to act, as single citizens or as organized civil society, to facilitate migrant inclusion in European society and will create synergies between civil society and public bodies, also by promoting the role of volunteering.

Besides the survey project partners will meet several times to gain better understanding of how the integration of immigrants can be achieved through the active commitment of public institutions working at local level and of organized civil society and volunteers.

The partner countries: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria,  Croatia,  Czech  Republic,  Germany,  Greece,  Italy, Latvia, Malta,  Poland,  Portugal,  Republic  of  Macedonia,  Romania, Serbia and  Spain.

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Project duration: 2016. - 2018.

HESPI researcher Agnese Dāvidsone (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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