Diverpass- an ebook for professionals supporting migrants

Bénédicte Halba (ed) et Benoit Arnaud, Agnieszka Borek, Zita GABOR, Bénédicte Halba, Laura Laurenzi , Attila Meszaros, Claire Millot, Sebastien Nadot, Bartłomiej Walczak

When a young man of 25 years old coming from Iraq dies in some wood in Poland because he was brutally treated by Belarus soldiers without receiving any support from Polish soldiers, this is a shame for Poland and Europe. When a young man about the same age coming from Afghanistan dies in the sea because he tried to cross the Channel to reach the United Kingdom, this is also a shame for France and Europe. In both cases the European Union has not respected the fundamental rights that are its basis since the very beginning- human rights are unconditional and universal, whatever the status or citizenship, any human being should have the freedom to build a better future, to be supported in his/her research for happiness, and to be given the chance to achieve this dream especially when he/she is persecuted in her/his country or when life is totally impossible for social, political or economic reasons. The death of these young men is not only a human tragedy and a moral fault, but also a main risk for the European Union. It may give the idea that the EU doesn’t respect the principles it should stand and fight for. Democracy is not only a theory, it has to be shown in facts.  For the families of the young men who died in Europe, this is a main grief. In the countries (in Middle East) these young men come from it may confirm a very negative message spread by an Islamist propaganda against Europe and democratic countries in general. We have experienced in the past twenty years the damages it may cause in democracies: the terrorist attacks against New York in 2001, the series of terrorist attacks in France since 2012 with a climax in 2015, the terrorist attacks in Belgium or Germany in the past 5 years. Whatever their name, ISIS or Al Qaida, this terrorism is here to stay and seems to be quite vivid in Sub Saharan Africa but also in North Africa. It has a main impact in Europe in sensitive urban areas where many youngsters (belonging to families with a migratory background) are highly sensitive to this fake news spread by social networks.

The DiverPass, a European project (Erasmus +) gathers a French, Italian, Hungarian and Polish team to offer tutoring to professionals with "diverse" profiles, working in such "diverse" territories (urban, peri-urban, rural) with audiences various (by their profiles, experiences and learning). Professionals who also have a very varied profile (by their training: social workers, educators, teachers, by their status: employees or volunteers of associations, by their areas of intervention: urban or rural ...) are not always prepared to support effectively migrant populations themselves very diverse (by age, gender, country of origin…) to overcome the many obstacles they must overcome in the labor market. The DiverPass ebook is aimed at any professional interested in the migration issue (training professionals, migrant aid associations, prefectures and public services, local communities, and companies engaged in the Social Economy. and Solidarity). A theoretical part explains the educational strategies to be implemented and a practical part is based on the experiments carried out in the 4 countries (France, Italy, Poland and Hungary). A third part, recommendations, was enriched by the contribution of a volunteer engaged in a SALAM association working in Calaisis (North of France) and the article by the deputy in charge of a parliamentary commission of inquiry on asylum and migration (report submitted in November 2021 at the  French Parliament in France).



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