eu flag europe for citizens enRomanian NGO Mod of Life is curently seking partner organizations for the project "Fighting migrants stigmatisation through intercultural dialogue and mutual learning", a project proposal that is going to be applied under March 1th 2017 Europe for Citizens -Civil society projects call for proposals.
In today’s Europe we are reaching alarming levels of urban fragmentation, inequality and structural socio-spatial divisions within our cities, feeding extremism and radicalisation. Most vulnerable people are often bound to concentrate in disadvantaged areas where social exclusion and deprivation usually overlap with multi-ethnicity, which further challenges social cohesion. Increasingly marginalized and stigmatised, these areas and their inhabitants are pushed into a vicious circle of poverty. In this context, and through a bottom-up approach to raise local awareness on the urgent need to establish new connections among inhabitants of marginalized neighbourhoods and those of central areas, this project aims at tackling the growing fear of immigration, which feeds euroscepticist attitudes.
 Xenophobic and Eurosceptic movements played their part into fear mongering; however, the EU was not able to show the causes of the phenomenon, as well as the benefits for the community where migrants successfully integrated – and integrate.
Integration is undoubtedly a two-way process, which today needs a new perspective. Europe shows alarming levels of urban fragmentation, inequality and structural socio-spatial divisions within our cities, feeding extremism and radicalisation. Most vulnerable people are often bound to concentrate in disadvantaged areas where social exclusion and deprivation usually overlap with multi-ethnicity, which further challenges social cohesion. Increasingly marginalized and stigmatised, these areas and their inhabitants are pushed into a vicious circle of poverty.
In this context, and through a bottom-up approach to raise local awareness on the urgent need to establish new connections among inhabitants of marginalized neighbourhoods and those of central areas, Mod of Life is proposing the new project „Fighting migrant stigmatisation through intercultural dialogue and mutual learning”. The project, co-funded by the programme Europe for Citizens, brings together civil society organisations and local stakeholders from different EU countries in wider Europe to exchange knowledge and good practice and act at the local level to tackle the growing fear of immigration.
The project will create spaces of discussion and mutual learning among citizens from different socio-cultural backgrounds, tackling the fear of immigration. Fear which can lead to poor choices and to very dangerous scenarios for all of us.
Due to the growing dimensions of the phenomena, and the dramatic humanitarian crisis it arose, member organizations of project consortium are in the frontline to promote effective practices in the management of the migration phenomenon in line with the key principles at the basis of the European project. 
To meet the objectives of our migration programme, such as promoting tolerance, integration and dialogue, fight against any kind of discrimination and social exclusion, providing migrants with opportunities, tools and useful competences to help them integrate in a new social and economic context, Mod of Life is proposing this new, co-funded by the programme Europe for Citizens, that brings together local authorities and civil society organisations from different EU countries in wider Europe to exchange knowledge and good practice and act at the local level to tackle the growing fear of immigration.
Project Objectives 
  • to create spaces of discussion and mutual learning among citizens from different socio-cultural backgrounds and from different countries of Europe;
  • to foster active citizenship and co-creation of policies and services in local societies, particularly for migrants who are often excluded from the decision-making processes;
  • to enhance the capacity of local institutions to be “multipliers” in their own communities in order to engage a wide range of stakeholders;
  • to provide a new impetus to the EU enlargement process, contributing to the establishment of a long-lasting thematic network of CSO`s that are strongly active and committed as key players in Europe.
Project Activities:

0. Steering Committee
Online, all partners
Content:
At the beginning of the Project, the consortium will meet online to:
  • gather representatives for each partner;
  • further discuss the project outlines and objectives;
  • create the basis and define the agreements on the definitive action plan;
  • clarify the roles and specific commitment for each partner;
  • consider financial aspects of the project and clarify the management structure;
  • provide a platform for queries and suggestions;
  • set-up further avenues of communication;
Expected results:
  • Project objectives and outcomes are further discussed and agreed upon;
  • Project action plan is revised and agreed upon;
  • Shared project methodology is agreed upon;
  • Contingent technical issues are agreed upon;
  • Possible financial matters are effectively solved;
  • Increased communication and mutual understanding among partners is ensured;
  • Increased comprehension of each partner’s role is ensured;
  • Increased trust and network effectiveness between the partners is ensured;
  • Smooth project implementation is performed;
  • Evaluation measures are agreed upon.
1. European preparatory meeting
Venue to be defined, 2 representatives from each partner CSO
Content:
During 2 working days, 2 representatives from each partner are going to meet in (venue to be defined) in order to discuss all the aspects regarding project implementation. Now is the time to discuss about web page creation and design, to speak about the european events, promotional and visibility material creation, final products realization. Also we will discuss about proper financial resources allocation to each stage of the project and the evaluation methods to be used.
Expected results:
  • Project objectives and outcomes are further discussed and agreed upon;
  • Project action plan is revised and agreed upon;
  • Shared project methodology is agreed upon;
  • Contingent technical issues are agreed upon;
  • Possible financial matters are effectively solved;
  • Increased communication and mutual understanding among partners is ensured;
  • Increased comprehension of each partner’s role is ensured;
  • Increased trust and network effectiveness between the partners is ensured;
  • Smooth project implementation is performed;
  • Evaluation measures are agreed upon.
2. Immigration and intercultural dialogue, from the global to the local
International event, venue to be defined, 4 representatives from each partner country
Content:
With the facilitation of local organization reprezentatives citizens will discuss:
  • figures about migration and refugees VS myth and stigmatisation processes;
  • European conventions/national legislation on migration;
  • immigration situation in partner countries and causes of local radicalisation patterns;
Through a collaborative workshop, all partners will identify conflicting areas in partner cities and will be trained on techniques of territorial analysis (see local paths-pilot projects).
Expected results:
All participants become aware about:
  • migration/refugees processes at EU level;
  • the causes and effects of stigmatisation processes and radicalisation patterns at local level;
  • conflicts, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination aroused by the presence of migration/refugees in their cities/regions/countries;
  • common challenges about migration at EU level that have different outcomes at national level;
  • the presence and the main features of conflicting areas due to the presence of migration in the city;
3. Migration issues at local level
Local activities, all partner countries
Content:
Through the organisation of local activities, partners will implement their role of “multipliers” at the local level. Thanks to the information and techniques acquired in the first international event, local partners are expected to collect the following information by performing territorial analysis:
  • immigration and refugees situation in targeted areas;
  • main local problems/challenges regarding the living in intercultural settings;
  • main forms of discrimination/social exclusion;
Expected results:
    • Citizens in partner countries are aware about new boundaries, hampering integration and mutual understanding in their own communities;
    • Resources of the community are “collected” and used to promote active citizenship and intercultural dialogue;
    • Forms of discrimination and social exclusion are recognized to promote mutual understanding and prevent radicalised behaviour at local level;
4.Reframing cohesion in Europe
International event, venue to be decided, 4 representatives from each partner country
Content:
The partners will exchange about the local paths implemented and lessons learnt will be shared in thematic focus groups. Common guidelines for the development of local pilot projects will be defined. Parallel training sessions will be held on tools to:
    • develop pilot projects to overcome stereotypes about immigrants;
    • promote intercultural dialogue in participatory environment (open space technology, world café, urban living lab).
Expected results:
    • Specific competences on conflict management, intercultural dialogue, active citizenship promotion are acquired;
    • Competences on pilot project design and implementation are acquired;
    • The kind of local resources to invest in the EU as an intercultural political space is shared;
    • Knowledge exchange and mutual understanding among partners are facilitated;
    • Active citizenship is promoted in partner cities/targeted areas;
    • Tools to reduce radicalised behaviour, xenophobia, discrimination are exchanged.

5.All partners elaborate pilot project ideas for intercultural dialogue in deprived and conflicting areas in cities
Local activities, all partner countries
Content:
Thanks to the training acquired, partners will develop a pilot project idea to be implemented at local level in targeted areas. A citizens’ consultation will be organised in each country to discuss and design the pilot project. Different participatory tools previously acquired will be used according to local priorities. Pilot projects are dedicated to reduce stigmatisation, promote intercultural dialogue among diversities, and prevent radicalisation and euroscepticism at city level.
Expected results:
    • Pilot projects at local level are defined trough the promotion of active citizenship processes;
    • Target areas are taken into account by local authorities that develop pilot projects to promote intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding;
    • In each city, local communities become active in promoting the social cohesion of local communities in most fragile city areas;
    • In targeted areas, radicalisation behaviour and euroscepticism are prevented trough the definition of community based activities;

6. Civic participation against migrants stigmatisation
International event, venue to be defined, 4 representaives from each partner country
Content:
Partners discuss about the pilot projects ideas developed at local level using SWOT analysis to revise them. Pilot projects will be adjusted according to guidelines developed during the 2nd international event. Each partner presents the local path experience in thematic focus groups on:
    • the effect of the local welfare constraints on social cohesion;
    • the link between social exclusion and euroscepticism;
    • the effect of community based activities in building intercultural dialogue.
Expected results:
    • Pilot projects are discussed, evaluated and further elaborated according to common guidelines;
    • Knowledge exchange and mutual understanding among partners is fostered;
    • The role of local authorities in time of crisis is discussed and shared among different EU cities;
    • The role of community based organisation in building intercultural dialogue is discussed and shared;
    • The link between social exclusion and euroscepticism is discussed among different EU cities and countries' experiences;


7 - Pilot projects are organized in each partner country
Local activities, all partner countries
Content:
In each partner country, pilot projects are updated thanks to the suggestions collected during the second international event. Then, pilot projects are implemented to overcome stereotypes about immigrants by deconstructing past and present processes of stigmatisation; pilot projects will be able to build counter narratives, hampering integration and mutual understanding in targeted areas. Pilot projects in marginal areas of the city will exemplify a way to work against xenophobia and intolerance.
Expected results:
    • Citizens at local level understand the kind of resources to invest to build an intercultural European space;
    • Techniques understood during the international events are put into practice at local level;
    • Active citizenship is promoted in real scenarios;
    • Pilot projects to promote intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding in diversity are realized at local level;
    • Knowledge is exchanged and understanding on common challenges among partners fostered;
8. Evaluation meeting
International event, venue to be defined, 4 representatives from each partner country
Content:
Two representatives from each partner are going to take part in an evaluation meeting in order to check if project objectives were achieved or not, if the project was a success or not. During the meeting a press conference is previewed in order to assure more visibility to project and to the Programme and to disseminate project results to a wider audience. Also this will be the time to think on possible activities for follow-up and valorization of the results.
Expected results:
    • Raised partners’ awareness on their role in shaping the intercultural future of the EU;
    • Diminishment the negative effect of euroscepticism in the project participants;
    • Enhanced collaboration among partners to be continued after the Project closure;
    • Each partner CSO is aware about the networking opportunities for intercultural dialogue in Europe;
    • Partners manifestos to build a common understanding about interculturalism, social inclusion, integration of migrants are produced and exchanged.
  
9.Communication and dissemination
Communication activities, all partner countries
Content:
    • A project website will be created;
    • Traditional and social media will be employed to reach the widest audience possible;
    • Each partner of the project will offer its communication tools at the project's disposal (website, press, articles, social-networks, networks of people);
    • A Handbook to collect the experiences of the enactment that overcome stereotypes about immigrants and build counter narratives is discussed;
    • EU logo will be displayed in all dissemination materials;
Expected results:
  • Website of the project;
  • E-publication;
  • Newsletters, articles of newspapers, news on web and socials developed;
  • Around 10.000 people reached by the dissemination tools;
  • Relevance of the topic transferred to the wider public, with possible replication of results;

10 - Monitoring and evaluation
Monitoring and reporting activities, online and in all partner countries
Content:
  • A list of indicators written and shared by all the participants will be prepared to monitor the proceeding of the project activities;
  • At the end of each event, questionnaires to evaluate the implementation of the events will be delivered to all the participants;
  • A final evaluation sheet will resume the overall opinions about the organisation of the project;
  • A final report of the project will give a summary of the activities and results of the project;
Expected results:
  • List of indicators is created to monitor the proceeding of the project's activities;
  • Final report of the project is produced;
  • Results of questionnaires will be reported in the final evaluation of the project;
 Timeframe:
Total project duration 12 months (01.12.2017 - 31.11.2018)
Applicant and partners
 
The applicants and partners must be either public bodies or non-profit organisations with legal
Personality, established in one of the countries participating to the Programme. At least one EU Member State must be involved.
Participating countries
The Programme is open to the 28 Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Potentially participating countries
The Programme is potentially open to the following categories of countries provided that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commission.
a) acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in Union programmes established in the respective Framework Agreements, Association Council Decisions or similar Agreements;
b) the EFTA countries party to the EEA Agreement, in accordance with the provisions of that Agreement.