Migration shaping youth work

This report presents a collection of inputs gathered during the seminar migration shaping youth work, hosted in Vienna, Austria, 20-23 November 2023.

Introduction to the seminar

European societies are shaped and continue to be shaped by migration. While this is a reality, societies struggle with accepting, acknowledging, recognising, appreciating and valorising it. The seminar migration shaping youth work was organised to deepen the understanding of how societies are shaped by migration, engage with the lived realities of people experiencing structural barriers because of migration, and focus on the daily practices and realities of youth work.

The roots of this seminar lie in the belief that youth work, and using the European Programmes for youth in those places, have the potential to smoothen and support renegotiation and adjustment processes. They can help bridge gaps and improve connections. By bringing together youth workers and persons connected to the field of youth, we wanted to explore this potential and the conditions to realise it.

What will you learn?

The report is a direct result from the inputs from the participants of the seminar migration shaping youth work. It is organised in 4 chapters:

  • Read part 1, background of the seminar, if you want to learn more about the context, objectives, programme, and framework of the seminar.
  • In part 2, concepts, you will learn about youth work, non-formal education, and post-migration. It also summarises the visions of participants about what a society shaped by migration is or could be.
  • Part 3, the current picture, presents the challenges, barriers and needs of the field of youth when it comes to the topic of post-migration. It also focuses on the EU programmes for Youth and shares ideas for projects with migrants.
  • The fourth and last part, a brighter future, firstly reflects on how youth work needs to be adapted in a society shaped by migration. Secondly, it presents a collection of good practices from the participants to create successful projects with migrant young people. Lastly, based on a co-creation exercise with the participants, you will find tips and recommendations to overcome various challenges related to post-migration.

Still hungry for more? Check out these documents:

  • The communication support tool provides a framework for international groups to work together. It enables us to be gentle and supportive with each other as a group, and to be able to dive into sensitive topics.
  • In the background document you can learn more about the theoretical and conceptual background of this seminar.

Organisational framework

This seminar was organised in the framework of the Strategic Partnership for Inclusion. This partnership between 25 national agencies aims to increase the participation of young people with fewer opportunities and facilitate access of new organisations in the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes. One of the groups the partnership focuses upon, are young people experiencing barriers in a post-migrant society.

The seminar was specifically designed to explore and to deepend the (practical) understanding of the concept of post-migrant societies. The outcomes will be used to support the Strategic Partnership for Inclusion to develop practices, tools, and methods to strengthen the participation of young people experiencing barriers of post-migrant societies.


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