Personal Journal 6
December 14, 2016
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December 14, 2016

Personal Journal 7

Day 1: Registration + Understanding the Migration Issues of Southern EU Countries 

   BEFORE THE WORKSHOP: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO LEARN FROM THIS SESSION

I expect and hope to gain a better understanding of the many different issues that southern EU countries are facing in terms of migrants that are coming over to southern EU countries and hopefully ways we can better deal with these issues.

I also expect to network and make new friends.

   AFTER THE WORKSHOP: WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

The presentation by Alessandra Cugnetto was very interesting. I have learnt a lot about the Italian reception system for asylum seekers and refugees, asylum and immigration laws, difference between economic migrants and refugees, immigration in southern Europe.

   SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

          Perhaps in order to stay within planned schedule, it would be useful to keep an eye on participants’ presentation time.

          Introduction of the participants was too long.

   WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST

Questions and answers part as in that way I could understand better the information we were given. The visit of “Insieme” center and the talk we had with Alessandra and the volunteers.

 Day 2: FULL DAY VISIT to Riace with Mayor DOMENICO LUCANO

   BEFORE THE WORKSHOP: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO LEARN FROM THIS SESSION

I expect to see first-hand the positive contribution that migrants have had on a city that was abandoned by people and hopefully to meet some of these people and also local residents and to see what their opinion is.

   AFTER THE WORKSHOP: WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

I learnt that it is possible to integrate refugees in a local community, helping them to find a job, a school for their children, a place where to stay.

This is possible only thanks the local community and the authorities.

   SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

To spend more time to talk with the Mayor, but I understand that he was extremely busy.

   WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST

Having a chat with some refugees that shared their stories with us.

 Day 3: History of Immigration in Southern Europe and Perceptions

   BEFORE THE WORKSHOP: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO LEARN FROM THIS SESSION

It would enlightening to see the history of migration to southern Europe it would also be very interesting to see if migration is an old issue in southern Europe and not just a recent issue. It would also be interesting to see the perception of people before and their attitudes towards migrants and to cross reference that against our time.

   AFTER THE WORKSHOP: WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

I learnt more about recent migration data in southern Europe, the various phases of immigrations history, the different public and social on immigration perceptions in Greece, Italy, Spain, etc.

   SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

Follow more the timetable

   WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST

Enjoying a delicious ice-cream in Tropea.

 Day 4:  How are different cultures and religions accommodated in Europe?

   BEFORE THE WORKSHOP: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO LEARN FROM THIS SESSION

I hope to gain a better understanding on how religions and cultures are accommodated in Europe and to see how they could be better accommodated and to see where we are succeeding and failing with respect to this topic.

   AFTER THE WORKSHOP: WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

I learnt more about some of the best social inclusion and prevention of violent radicalisation methods that have helped and are helping integrate minorities across Europe. I learnt more about how refugees can be affected by mental health problems and how these can be prevented.

   SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

More time for questions and interaction within the group.

   WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST

I really liked both Tholani’s and Amal’s presentations. They rose some very interesting points.

Day 5: Migrant Pathway Options (2) + Afternoon visit to a local “centro di accoglienza”

   BEFORE THE WORKSHOP: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO LEARN FROM THIS SESSION

I expect to learn more about methods and integration activities that practitioners and institutions put in place to better integrate migrants in the South of Italy.

   AFTER THE WORKSHOP: WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

I have learned how migrants are supported in the South of Italy, how they learn a new language, how they take part into job trainings, how they develop cultural integration.

   SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

   WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST

I really enjoyed the the visit to “Progetto accoglienza diffusa” in Maida. It was very interesting to listen to asylum seekers stories and they were very nice with us, offering us a cup of tea.

Day 6:  Workshop at a migrant centre in Reggio Calabria – FULL day visit padre MIOLI

   BEFORE THE WORKSHOP: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO LEARN FROM THIS SESSION

I expect to learn more about how migrant centres work in Calabria, what services they provide to migrants.

   AFTER THE WORKSHOP: WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

Today I felt quite bad when we went to the harbour. To me instead of going there only for asking questions and taking notes, we give our help practically. Seeing migrants sitting on the floor, looking at us made me feeling poor less. We would bring them food, clothes but with our visit there we considered them a media phenomenon and this is unfair.

   SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

Regarding unaccompanied minors, I think that for privacy, confidentiality, sensitive matters, it was inappropriate to visit the centres and most of all to ask personal questions to those disadvantaged children.

   WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST

Lunch

Day 7:  The importance of promoting European values and tackle social exclusion

   BEFORE THE WORKSHOP: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO LEARN FROM THIS SESSION

I hope to learn more about migrants’ experience in Southern Europe and how to promote intercultural dialogue and social inclusion.

   AFTER THE WORKSHOP: WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

I learnt more about social exclusion phenomenon in general and about the trip to Europe migrants do.

   SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

   WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST

Ivan’s presentation

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