Tell me about it -stories building belonging and democratic integration

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.04.2019 - 31.03.2021

€266 567

€199 925

Project Summary:

For minority groups and immigrants, access to the labour market is often quite challenging. The project promotes young immigrants’ integration and aims at preventing the social exclusion of young immigrants aged 16-29 in Kotka, Finland, and Uppsala, Sweden.
Story-telling is a way to improve young immigrants’ self-expression and to provide them with the necessary skills to engage with society and to build transcultural trust. To achieve this goal, the project organizes workshops based on cultural and artistic methods as well as Human rights and democracy –games. The young immigrants' integration stories will be collected through culture and art methods such as theatre performances, rap lyrics, comics or videos. The success factors of the integration process will be analysed, published and disseminated further in immigrant communities.
The social capital resulted from the project is estimated to improve young immigrants’ participation in the education system and the labour market. This will, in turn, strengthens the ties between young immigrants and the society they have emigrated to.

Lead Partner

Kaakkois-Suomen ammattikorkeakoulu

Country: FI

Partner budget: 203.567 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 152.675 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Folkuniversitetet stiftelsen kursverksamheten vid Uppsala universitet

Country: SE

Partner budget: 63.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 47.250 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The main result of the TELL-project is preventing the marginalisation. The social exclusion will be prevented by the actions of TELL- project which build and strenghten the communities of Kotka and Uppsala. Both these areas are facing challenges of the integration processes of young immigrants and increasing amount of NEETs with immigrant background. The TELL-project improves the situation of this vulnerable group. TELL-project brings people together and streghten the bonding ties of the communities in Kotka and Uppsala area. The project strenghtens the social capital of the participants and it improves their possibilities to employment and education.

The outcome are the stories of success factors in integration processes of young immigrants. The story-making processes improve the social capital as well as mutual understanding and building transcultural trust. Stories building belonging and democratic integration are disseminated cultural products and presentations: theatre performance, rap lyrics, comics or videos. These cultural products will be disseminated in the communities of Kotka and Uppsala as well as publications to wider audience.