ARTEM, an Erasmus Plus project coordinated by Pistes-Solidaires (France), aims to bring together local communities and newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers more effectively. The integration of migrants at the local level is based on a dynamic and reciprocal process: mutual understanding is not only a question of language but also of cultural codes to which attention must be paid if reception and integration are to be successful.
The first step of the ARTEM project logically consisted of a literature search - an inventory of existing practices, tools and methods used to train professionals/volunteers and migrants in intercultural skills and competences. The question was simply to see what existed in the field, in France and in Europe and how, if need be, it was set up and participated in the reception and thus in a quality integration.
In the second phase, focus groups or focus groups were set up in each partner country. Several groups were facilitated, migrant groups on the one hand, groups of people in charge of their reception on the other, whether professionally or on a voluntary basis.
The results are interesting and confirmed in particular that for both groups there is a real need to improve their intercultural skills in order to better understand the Other, to better welcome and integrate into the local community.
This process was held in all project countries (Italy, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Denmark) and a report summarizes the results of this work and highlights needs and expectations.
Authors: Mathieu Decq and Soha El Jammal