New kids on the block, just trying to find a new home in Europe: in our cities, towns and villages many people of different national and religious backgrounds live side-by-side.

 

What is the best way to integrate young migrants into our communities - schools, sport clubs and workplaces?

What are successful practises of integration - how to play a new game of “give-and-take”?

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People are searching a place for necessity, not for pleasure. We need to think they are living a war, and they just want to leave the horror. We should be able to search a place and give them the opportunities like if they were one of European citizens. There is space enough for everyone, we should be open minds and accept people like us, giving them the resources necessaries so they can start a new life, a life everyone would like to live.
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I wish the EU saw the opportunity in luring young educated British people who want to escape Brexit Britain, perhaps by offering them permanent residence in the EU?
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Our Birthplaces are those places we always feel connected to. Despite all potential detachment, it's literally our origin of personal growth. We are a group of university students settled in Venice (Italy) with different birthplaces all over Europe. After living for several years together, attending Erasmus Programs and traveling around the world, we have learnt to share cultures, experiences, and stories. In so doing, we are carrying on the tradition of "Osteria Rivetta", a tavern settled in Venice, which has for centuries been a meeting place for all cultures. For this particular reason, our birthplaces are not indicated in our passports nor in any other documents; they cannot be circumscribed to a defined place or a specific name. Our birthplaces are not in countries, nor in cities or in territories but instead in "Osteria Rivetta", our common birthplace. In there, we are building the stories that we bring with us on our journeys. Osteria Rivetta is the place where just some students learnt to live each other and share their stories. The world is the place where billions of human beings should learn to leave each other and share their stories. Our birthplaces are inside ourselves and they are narrated as stories. We have the responsibility to share stories with other people and help them to build their own ones. We believe in the force of sharing cultures and experiences among Humans. We believe in Humans. This is Accademia Rivetta.

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There is a great lack of skilled workers and people are leaving the rural areas. Why don´t support the young adults to do an apprenticeship in a more rural area? e.g. the unemployment agencies, the regional government should fund part of their salary for the first half a year, so that it´s a win win win situation for government, migrants and employers. Beside the two problems already mentioned, it´s easier to get integrated (learn the language, the culture,...) in the community in a rural area than in a big city. And also the rural community gets a profit: their prejudices against other cultures/migrants may get less.
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One thing to note, that integration is a continuous process. Naturally, integration will happen even without we do something about it. But, such natural flow may lead us to unwanted outcomes along the way. Therefore, with proper policy and operational actions implemented by EU government, we can accelerate the process according to our humanistic objectives. FIrst of all, EU government role. After reinforcing equal opportunity law in the EU system, we should provide Cultural Center in selected major cities. The model of this one-stop-facility can follow the concept of City Tourism Center where everyone can come, see and understand the main attractions of th city. Likewise, here guests can see citizens (new and current) work together shoulder-to-shoulder on cultural/sports event/project organized by the commission. Secondly, the current citizens role. As this is part of a project funded by EU, it is fair to say everyone who participates should get some benefits. Everyone loves traveling. So why not give them chance to do it. For example a chance to involve in Cultural Center Prague for 1st semester and then in Cultural Center Bratislava the next period. Finally, the new "kids in the block". New citizens are encouraged to do voluntary jobs related to the projects performed by Cultural Center while improving both of their soft skill (i.e. language, communication, entrepreneurships) and hard skill (i.e. basic math, gardening, painting). Then they must come up with their own project plan on how to carry-on their life in Europe. Which of course they must do it! In conclusion, through these activities new citizens can get a job and/or start their business rather sooner and most importantly, integrate to the society better and more humanly.

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First of all, we need to change the european people's perspectives about this issue. Many europeans think that the migrants are stealing our jobs and that some of them are terrorists. That's entirely not true, but events like the Brexit shows us the power of xenophobic rhetoric made by political parties. We must oblige the national governments to adopt awareness campaigns on this matter in order to stop this kind of propaganda. If we can solve this problem, everything becomes easier and we can implement measures like: creating the iniciative "One new citizen, one new friend" in which European families receive new citizens in their homes during a period of adaptation (for example, the first 6 months) for the refugees in their new country or creating the European Refugee Day where european schools dedicate only one day of the year to discuss and learn about this matter.
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We have to give them new opportunities, new chances. They should have and easy-way to live in Europe and learn a language, because that's a great issue for an immigrant. Work can be a good way to let new citizen live in european countries: they can have jobs like agriculture without receiving money but only a place to live and food for a period, a year for example. They can replace a european person, so that he/she can get the money which is not paid to the non-EU citizen, to be able to carry out his/her dreams like music, art, philosophy,... In this way, immigrants will learn an european language, culture, and so on; another person would be happy to do what he/she really likes, and our economies will be stronger in the global context.

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In my opinion if the new citizens had some tutor/angel/buddy, that could be a person or a entire family, to guide, welcome and help them it would be the an excellent integration mechanism. Just imagine if the new citizens find any obstacle or problem they would have a more friendly face than the social services of that country, they would also understand more easly the traditions and costums of the culture they are in. To help this mechanism there could be some finantial or taxing relief, but honestly, at least me I wouldn't mind helping people, it's what charaterize us as european people.
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We need more immigrant welfare. Due to our competitive job markets, new citizens usually are not able to find a job and struggle economicly. With increaded welfare aimed specificly to immigrants, we can make sure that they will not be marginalized due to poverty caused by unemployment.

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The more population Europe have the more power to us. Easier to achieve technological edge, military safety, also we get closer to economical self sustain. For old population benefit we should accept new people who want to become European, so they can work and grow in Europe. The challenge is to make Europe for many not few, and to keep democracy ruled by citizens, not some foreign powers.

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