Preventing and Combating Racism and Xenophobia through Social Orientation of Non-Nationals
The RACCOMBAT newsletter is back with its second edition! Since our last newsletter we have published 6 Analytical reports for analyzing Social orientation and we have collected 15 promising practices from various EU Member States in the area of including fundamental rights knowledge and empowerment against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance into the overall integration process of non-nationals throughout the Union. At the beginning of November 2018 project partners and stakeholders gathered for a second time in Graz, Austria for a stakeholder workshop. Our third newsletter will follow on April!
The project is based on a broader view of two-way integration and adaptation efforts, which promote equal opportunities and respect for everyone’s rights and contribute towards better understanding among communities. To this end, best practices, often scattered throughout Member States, should be explored in combatting racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance by promoting the laws, customs and values of society, knowledge about relevant institutions and intercommunal activities throughout the entire process of induction, adaptation and ultimate integration of migrants. Those best practices should be collected and described in a consistent and comparable manner to form an overall conceptual framework for introducing tolerance and non-discrimination topics throughout the whole integration path of non-nationals.
The project started on October 2017 and has a duration of 22 months.
Following the mapping reports 6 Analytical reports were developed for providing insight on social orientation as tool to counter racism and xenophobia in the six partner Member States – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Latvia and Romania.
You can look further in the 6 analytical reports here.
Best practices collection
Within the framework of the RACCOMBAT project, 15 promising practices from various EU Member States were collected in the area of including fundamental rights knowledge and empowerment against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance into the overall integration process of non-nationals throughout the Union. Practices come from integration systems of very different level of development and are varied in their nature – from private company driven efforts to meet government requirements, concerning integration curricula, to citizen initiatives having found some form of institutionalization. What unites them all is the concern of institutions, NGOs and individuals that migrants should be given more than basic education, jobs and healthcare – a true sense of citizenship and readiness to counter negative social phenomena, related to hatred.
You can find the collection of practices here.
RACCOMBAT second progress meeting and stakeholder workshop
Austrian, Bulgarian, Greek, Latvian, Belgian and Romanian project partners and stakeholders gathered for a second time in November 2018 in Graz, Austria for a stakeholder workshop, led and organised by partner ETC Graz. Leading good practices were presented from 10 EU Member States. Lively discussions held place as to what makes a practice a good practice, how to make a practice sustainable and how to reach target audiences in the most effective way.
A project progress meeting was also held, as well as a study visit to Weichenstellwerk Graz where stakeholders from all project partner countries got acquainted with this grassroots initiative with already significant influence on the city’s multicultural character. A special presentation was heard from Start Wien, where participants got acquainted with the multitude of aspects in which the initiative helps Vienna newcomers settle in their new city and country.
You can find more photos and stakeholder’s videos here.
This newsletter was funded by the European’s Union Rights, Equality and Citizenship project (2014-2020). The content of this newsletter represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.