TAS - Migration Labs

Newsletter 10 - April 2021

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Whether they're referred to as refugees, asylum-seekers or migrants, for decades people from around the world have looked to make Europe their home (https://www.dw.com/en/migration)


TAS -Migration Labs project funded by Europe for Citizens Program, is implemented during 18 months. The project partners from Romania, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Serbia organizes WorkLabs, debates and roundtables with the aim to analyse past and current experiences, narratives, misconceptions and stereotypes about migrants and refugees, as well as local, regional, national and European policies related to migrants and migrations.

  • Directed at young adults, decision-makers and other stakeholders from partner countries, the project envisages raising awareness of EU policy-making processes and to boost opportunities for participation and volunteering.
  • Read more on the project website: https://tasmigrationlab.eu/

What are WorkLabs in the TAS project?

During five WorkLabs: Thesis 1, Thesis 2, Antithesis 1, Antithesis 2 and Synthesis, the current narratives of migration and the model of different groups of migrants in Europe are analyzed. This analysis will allow us to know and deconstruct prejudices and stereotypes about migration and to debate current national and international migration policies.

  • of the young people participating in all WorkLabs, two per country will be selected for the final event in Brussels. This selection will be based on the following criteria: understanding the topic, participating in all 5 workshops and getting involved in them and the ability to communicate and argue their own ideas.
  • four WorkLabs, Thesis and Antithesis, have already been organized in each partner country of TAS project and were attended by young people who want to take an active role in promoting the values of European citizenship and want to participate through civic and democratic actions in the European Union.

Final TAS WorkLab - Synthesis

During this final Synthesis workshop, which will take place in each partner country until May 2021, the youth will engage in debates, activities and simulations to develop their own narratives following all the learning outcomes of the previous four Labs.

  • The participants will receive the video answer from the EU policymaker
  • Each partner country's participants will develop a country recommendation paper for EU policymakers that will be collated and presented during the final event in Brussels. The youth will also know of the EU Solidarity Corps, Structured Dialogues and similar opportunities.

Made for minds

Conflict and poverty have been among the main drivers of migration to Europe as well as other countries around the world. As a result, politicians have debated both how to manage migration and how to help the people in need of protection https://www.dw.com/en/migration/t-41577210

Expert opinion on migration data

To answer the question 'how well do publicly available statistics on international migration for European countries, more in particular statistics on international migration from national statistical agencies, reflect the true migration flows?' Nico Keilman and Georgios Aristotelous eliciting expert opinions on measurement accuracy and undercount. During the summer and autumn of 2020, they carried out a two-round Delphi survey among 15 migration experts, preceded by a pilot survey with eight participants. The online questionnaire included questions on the measurement accuracy of migration data from population registration systems and from migrant surveys, on possible undercount of immigration and emigration flows, and on the assumed impact of the Covid-19 pan-demic on European migration flows


European Migration Forum

The 6th meeting of the European Migration Forum will take place online on 27-28 October 2021, having been previously been cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The topic of this year's edition is From pandemic to recovery: challenges and best practices in migration management. The forum is a platform for dialogue between civil society and the European institutions on issues relating to migration, asylum and the integration of third-country nationals (TCNs), and is run by the European Commission (EC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

As in previous years, a consultation with civil society on the topic of the forum which includes a questionnaire and a virtual meeting. Interested practitioners may take part in both or just one of these opportunities:

  • The online meeting will take place on Thursday, 19 May, 9:30 - 11:30 CET, as part of the EESC Immigration and Integration Group (IMI), with all civil society actors welcome to take part. Online registration for the online meeting will be open until Tuesday, 11 May, here.

Stay tuned for news!

After the completion of the Synthesis workshop in each partner country will be organized the 3rd WEBINAR in which important speakers in the phenomenon of migration at the level of the European Union will be invited. For more information on how to register and participate please visit the project website https://tasmigrationlab.eu/. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.