MILAR
Modelli Inclusione Lavoro Rifugiati
Inclusion and Job Patterns for Refugees
Project ID: 2016-1-IT01-KA202-005446-CUPG36J16000820006

Participants
Stefano Cuppini, Consorzio OPEN
Barbara Bovelacci, Consorzio OPEN
Gabriele Marzano, Regione Emilia Romagna
Ingmarie Rohdin, Folkuniversitetet Kristianstad
Yousif al-Karauli, EEC
Barbara Karayi, EEC
Christian Geiselmann, VHS Hannover
Anja Kobus, VHS Hannover

Minutes provided by Yousif al-Karauli and Christian Geiselmann

Agenda

Friday 19th October

10.00 –10.30 Germany and United Kingdom

11.00 –12.00 Sweden and Italy

12.00 -13.00 Debate and discussion on OI2 (Closure of Guidelines, Barbara Bovelacci and Stefano Cuppini with the participation of all partners)

13.00 -15.30 Lunch (restaurant to be defined) and free time with the opportunity to visit the Town hall (emblematic building from 1913) including looking down from its 100 m cupola.

15.30 -16.30 Meeting with SCE “Unter einem Dach” (“Under one roof”) -grassroots labour integration of refugees.

16:30 -17:30 Discussion

Saturday 20th October

9.00 -9.30 Summary of the previous work session and introduction of the new one by the coordinator (S. Cuppini)

9.30 -12.45 Continuation of the work on OI2 (Closure of Guidelines)

11.45 –12.45 Conclusion and debate

13.00 –14.00 Lunch (Restaurant to be defined)

14.00 – 16.00 Project management, organization of the final event, ECVET, and closure of the meeting From

16.00 Departure of participants

Friday 19 October

9.00 – 9.30 Welcome

Christian welcomed partners and introduced them to the city of Hannover (history, economy, education, etc.), and Lower Saxony as one of the 16 German provinces. Special respect to the situation of refugees (officially about 4000 accommodated in the town)

9.30 – Introduction of the meeting by the coordinator (S. Cuppini)

It was reiterated that the two main objectives of Milar was too:

– 1) Improve the skills of refugees

– 2) Integrate refugees into the community

Stefano highlighted and presented the structure of events/agenda that will take place over the course of the meeting for Friday 19th October and Saturday 20th October 2018. Stefano ended on stating that the main focus of the meetings will be to discuss the findings of the IO3 reports and passed on the platform to the partners:

It was reiterated the importance that the IO3 process would consist of 5 meetings during Step 2 and 15 organisations involvement.

10.00 – Partners’ presentation on OI3 key obtained results and introduction of the activities they are developing for OI4

Ingmarie Rohdin (SE)

Ingmarie presented findings of IO3 in Sweden – Specifically focusing on one, SCE namely the recycling of materials to produce clothing.

The process:

– We had meetings with the refugees in January 2018 and February 2018.

– The objectives from the meetings was: Identifying immigrants’ education and employment needs.

Results: Social cooperatives that migrants think can be developed:

– Recycling of waste, clothing, paper metal etc. with a group that informs about waste sorting.

– Start a fixing team that helps with home and housekeeping services, cleaning, cooking etc..

– Start second hand with clothes, shoes and textiles to your home. Create and repair household items to be sold on.

Outcomes of MILAR in Sweden so far: Folkuniversitetet have started a cooperation with Alvesta municipality, the Red Cross organisation and the women shelter and together we have started an activity – recycling of clothes. This have started as an activity for migrant’s women, the women will change and sew clothes to the women shelter after their needs and wishes. This activity started as a study circle and will be developed to a social cooperative in the future. And the activity will probably also be a second hand shop in the future.

Folkuniversitetet will contribute with their experience, knowledge, education and material from the MILAR project and will help with marketing and dissemination.

See also her presentation slides (available in our shared folders).

Yousif al-Karauli (UK)

Yousif presented findings of the IO3 in Ealing discussing the works done in Ealing including the Multiplier event held, the refugee focus groups, the different SCE’s that have been set up, the risks that were involved the risks and obstacles that manifested whilst the project had begun.

Christian Geiselmann (DE)

Christian presented the state of MILAR activities in Germany: the IO-4 activities with active work on implementation of CSE development are in full operation currently with a workshop series being held in October – December to advance the management capacity of the initiative “Unter einem Dach” which is both an organisation co-run by sitting citizens and refugees, and aiming at improving the social and work integration of refugees and other migrants through providing vocational orientation, vocational training, internships, linguistic support, and social support. The workshop series focusses on a number of skills that were identified as desirable for further stabilizing the work of “Unter einem Dach” and improve its visibility in Hannover.

Stefano Cuppini (IT)

Stefano reported IO3 and IO4 activities in Bologna: struggles that Bologna had anticipated; an explanation that the ‘hub’ was not a safe and good place that supported refugees. An example of a challenge that could not be controlled or removed was that the ‘Albergo’ area was deemed to be unable of MILAR implementation for reasons of changes in the demographic.

Discussion

Once the partners had presented their findings – Stefano asked the Partners to discuss what good practices were identified by the partners during the implementation stages of IO3 MILAR and what were the main impacts of implementing the SCE in question.

A discussion of the issue of hate crime, racism and other social issues was raised during the discussion – Referring to the far right and how through MILAR this could essentially be combatted.

A discussion of what the „community“ is and what each partner considered as what constitutes as the community in their own understanding in line with their own territories and a universal meaning in line with MILAR.

(End of the morning session)

15:30 – Presentation of and discussion with A. Faruga, “Unter einem Dach”

The German partners had invited a representative of the „Unter einem Dach“ initiative, Aleksandra Faruga, who presented the initiative and gave insight into its work. Under One Roof was described as a cultural project where identification of what social work can be done to help vulnerable people and working within the theme of integration of those vulnerable people identified.

Workshops in various crafts trades are made available, and attendees from the refugee community are benefitting from hands on experience while also getting acquainted with German culture and language. In later steps, participants often get placements for internships in local SME, and often they can then even sign an apprenticeship contract (paid work, qualifying for a vocational degree), or rightaway a full working contract. However, language is crucial in all cases.

The specific asset that “Unter einem Dach” can deliver, as compared to other initiatives who provide vocational orientation and training for refugees in Hannover (and generally in Germany), is a inclusion in a network with personal relationships and a more “alternative” lifestyle, different from what usually people in crafts trades are living in Germany. This is often very favourable for the (predominantly) young men who came here as refugees, and helps them find friends and integrate into society on a different level. Also, they get into contact with a very open-minded part of German society.

16:30 – Discussion

Starting from Mrs Farugas presentation, a broader discussion of refugee integration in the various countries emerged.

It was observed that the ‘bottom up approach’ initially promoted by MILAR was not the best approach for Germany, given the relatively tight network of institutions and provisions for social care and employment in combination with the general demand for labour in existing companies. Finding work is currently relatively easy, but a necessary precondition is acceptable command of German language. Another obstacle to implementing a “pure” MILAR approach is regulatory requirements and funding – even for the most simple forms of companies.

Discussion of migrant empowerment: belief in all people having competencies and skills. What motivational works can be done to get people in work and subsequently improve community/social inclusion.

Discussion on the difference regarding the legal status of refugees and asylum seekers in the different partner states was made – Also a discussion of the difference in funding opportunities in the different member states.

Another deep discussion we had was regarding the dispersion of refugees throughout member states. With respect of the UK, akey difference is that the UK had not adopted this approach, whereas Italy, Germany and Sweden had.

Saturday 20 October

9:30 Shaping the the MILAR Guidelines (IO-2)

Barbara Bovelacci presented the latest version of the MILAR Guidelines (IO2).

By going through it page for page and chapter for chapter, and by collecting thoughts, comments, and suggestions for improvement, we co-operatively worked on improving it to make sure that the guidelines are accurate and reflect the findings in all countries, and especially recognize the specific social and regulatory situations in the countries which – as we had learned – are surprisingly different despite all countries being members of the EU.

This process took about two hours.

All partners presented the training and educational opprutunities and services that they have provided for/to members of the refugee community. – Concluded that 10-15 refugees would be engaged/included in this training process.

It was decided that any changes to be made by way of recommendation of the partners would be submitted within 10 days of the Hannover meeting.

14:00 Project management issues

This segment was led by Stefano Cuppini

Agreement on next steps and things to be done

It was concluded that the deadline for the IO3 reports to be sent to Yousif was 31 October 2018 – And the final completed works of IO3 done by Yousif will be ready by the end of December 2018.

Yousif submitted that a new document would be created namely a IO3 questionnaire which would enable Ealing to comply and compare all of the IO3 reports produced by partners more effectively and thoroughly.

It was agreed that within 10 days any proposals or amendment that Partners felt should be made would be sent to Stefano regarding IO2 Guidelines. Final copy to be published.

23-24 January – meeting in Bologna – It was presented that each Partner will be in attendance. Furthermore, Italian experts, municipality for Bologna, Milan and Forli would also be present. Stefano outlined the meeting agenda.

Special focus will be laid on a larger conference (multiplier event, 23th Jan. 2019) with about 50 stakeholders from Bologna and surrounding cities being invited (social workers, people working in social cooperatives, etc.) to get informed about MILAR results. There will be a panel discussion, and each country should have one seat in the panel. – Italian team will send a concept note on the topics of the panel discussion so that partner can prepare.

Reminder to prepare and deliver the formal documentation, including

– Time sheets

– ECVET documents (Barbara will prepare and send the templates; these then need to be completed and signed by participants of the staff training in Milano)

– Dissemination reports

– IO3 Reports (editing of the final document by Yousif)

– IO4 Reports (editing of the final document by Ingmarie)

We also reviewed the IO1 (Book of cases of good practice). Christian said: the manuscript was available for comments in Dropbox up to now. He will now transform this into a professionally typeset / layouted book, and also do one more cycle of proof-reading for elimination of typos.

16:00 Conclusion of the meeting