P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region
4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities
01.04.2019 - 31.03.2021
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.
Partner budget: 203.567 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 152.675 EUR ERDF
Folkuniversitetet stiftelsen kursverksamheten vid Uppsala universitet
Partner budget: 63.000 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 47.250 EUR ERDF
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.