May 2008 – the first training course in Ferrara, Italy
Due to the situation at grassroots level and following requests made at the Emmaus Europe Regional Assembly in 2007, the European members of the World Council on Training and New Generations, in partnership with the Regional Secretariat, thought that it was time for the members of Emmaus Europe to get to know each other and to work together.
Migration – a major work area for Emmaus Europe
Since 2007, Emmaus Europe has been working with Emmaus International to ensure that migrants’ rights are recognised and to fight human trafficking.
This is why the first ever training course, held in Ferrara from 19th – 23rd May 2008, focused on this priority issue for Emmaus Europe – “Migration and migration policies: what are the issues at stake for Emmaus?”
Training course objectives
The goal of this training course was:
- To understand the socioeconomic causes and consequences of migration flows.
- To find out about national and European policies and pinpoint possible responses to their restrictions.
- To discuss foreign national reception practices.
- To examine the specifics of human trafficking and learn how to develop initiatives to combat it.
Over the three-day course, speakers focused on the following aspects:
- Legal and economic aspects of immigration.
- Social aspects of immigration.
- Migration, Emmaus and the European dimension.
Having learned about the various aspects of the issue, participants debated the situation of migrants and migration policies in their countries and discussed potential solutions for the problems encountered.
Impact: Participants’ expectations of Emmaus Europe
Following the seminar, those who took part in the training expressed their expectations of Emmaus Europe, in order to increase the involvement of European groups in migration issues:
- Establish a dialogue between European groups so that good practice can be shared and so as to discuss how to support undocumented migrants at European level.
- Provide support for groups seeking to defend the rights of undocumented migrantsat local level.
- Run initiatives to raise public awareness and change the general public’s emotional and subjective view of migration issues.
- Lobby the authorities in order to influence migration policies.
Ferrara Course – Minutes