International Organization for Migration
Launched in 2018
The project TandEM – Towards Empowered Migrant Youth in Southern Europe aims to build a bridge between migrant and local youth to promote dialogue, mutual understanding and cohesion in Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Croatia and Cyprus.
The project is grounded in a network of universities, as the places of socialization and first integration for an increasing number of foreign students in Southern Europe, and the ideal places to design a youth-led response to discriminatory and toxic narratives on migration.
The project aims to encourage young Southern Europeans’ active participation in the integration of young migrants in their countries, while allowing young people to speak up and define their own identities.
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“Our previous generations would be living in a closed family environment, they did not mix, and would seldom meet with people from other countries like we daily do. Our generation needs to be more open minded to people from different origins we come to encounter. We need to be open to hear them and understand that it is people like us we are meeting. In the end of the day, we are all human beings, with our own experiences and things to share, we are all equal.”
Jolene, Malta project participant