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EN Retopea News

‘Docutubes’ workshop for religious peace and tolerance in Granada

The RETOPEA H2020 project has developed a workshop model for adolescents based on a collection of examples of how people in Europe and beyond, in many different historical periods, have thought about and experienced different religious beliefs and practices and found ways of living together.

During June and July, The RETOPEA team is carrying out, these workshops in educational centers in the province of Granada, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, Finland and North Macedonia.

The purpose of the workshop is to allow students to engage in creative ways with the subject of religious toleration and peace, both in historical and the contemporary settings through shorts ‘documentaries’ that will be recorded in different parts of the city.

The Euro-Arab Foundation together with partners from the University of Granada and The Open University (England) in collaboration wih Dar Al Anwar will carry out this workshop in Granada from July 8 to 10.An event hosted bythe Almirante’s Palace and the headquarters of the Euro-Arab Foundation in which young people will discover and record emblematic places of Granada: in its center and the Albayzin neighborhood. During three days, The RETOPEA team will accompany young people between 12 and 15 years old who came to our city from countries such as Morocco, Ghana, Sweden, France, Malaysia, among others, to convert their idea about ​​religious peace and tolerance into visual elements in a short visual communication. We call “Docutubes” the short films inspired by the RETOPEA clippings in a format similar to Vlogging on YouTube.

The RETOPEA collection includes more than 400 clippings which cover 12 themes that comes with a set of questions to encourage critical thinking about the issues it raises: ‘Gender and Sexuality’; ‘Migration, trade and travel’; ‘Propaganda, stereotyping and communication’; ‘Discrimination and being different’; ‘Ideas about toleration’; ‘Peace and conflict resolution’; Memory and Heritage’; ‘Law, police and public order’; ‘Places and buildings’; ‘Religious practice’;’ Clothing and dress’ and ‘Family life’.

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EN Perceptions News

The Euro-Arab Foundation participates in the 18th IMISCOE CONFERENCE 2021

Researchers from “the Department of Projects & Research” of the Euro-Arab Foundation will participate in the IMISCOE Annual Conference ‘Crossing borders, connecting cultures’ (July 7-9).

Two panels ‘Migrants’ perceptions of the EU. Imaginaries, policies and symbolic management across Europe and beyond‘ will be dedicated to presenting the results of the PERCEPTIONS H2020 project on July 7, from 14:00 to 15:30, and from 15:45 to 17:15.  

These two panels will analyse  how migrants perceive migration to Europe , as well as the narratives of journalists and policy makers and how this (potentially) relates to each other. Perceptions on (migration to) Europe are structured by prevailing and each continuously reinforcing narratives that are spread through (social) media, by policy makers and personal networks. These perceptions vary along migration trajectories as they are part of social constructions that are repeatedly reinterpreted through a series of stories and highly impacted by information campaigns and migration management by policy makers.

José M. González Riera and Patricia Bueso Izquierdo will present some of the results of the research carried out by the Foundation in a paper  titled: Across the Strait: migrants’ narratives on Europe in Morocco and Spain.

Our research has studied the Moroccan context, which in the last three decades has become a key transit country, mainly for sub-Saharan nationals on their way to Europe. At the same time, it continues to be the origin of a sizeable amount of Moroccan citizens migrating to the EU. Additionally, Morocco is consolidating as a host country, mainly for sub-Saharans (Khrouz & Lanza, 2015), many of whom reside irregularly despite of the two regularisations that the country has recently implemented (Benjelloun, 2017). A question often raised is which visions of the final destination move so many people to undertake such a costly and often perilous journey. This paper aims at comprehending the ways in which the perceptions and narratives of Spain/Europe are framed amongst migrants in Morocco on transit to Spain/Europe as well as potential Moroccan migrants. Such views will be then contrasted with those of migrants who have already arrived to Spain. Based on the assumption that these imaginaries are affected by migrants’ experiences, we aim at analysing the evolution of this narrative plasticity, assessing the ways in which the migration itinerary interacts with the perceptions and narratives from the country of origin to the final destination. We will depict the evolution of various patterns of narrative itineraries in parallel to the migration journeys.

This paper is based on the empirical research findings stemming from the fieldwork conducted in Morocco and Spain. The key outcomes will be discussed in terms of a better management of the migration flows and the development of migratory policy recommendations.

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EN Hope News

European survey and research on deradicalization and disengagement

Creating a European Learning Hub on Radicalisation

The HOPE project is developing a network for continuous training and knowledge sharing in the Balkan, Southern and Eastern European countries.

This network aims to intervene in radicalisation prevention and disengagement and improve the transition between the prison and probation system and the community, for those at risk of radicalisation or who have already been radicalised.

Training and research organisations, academics, prison, and probation administrations make up the HOPE project network.

European Survey

As part of HOPE’s activities, we are carrying out a European survey for professionals engaged in deradicalization and disengagement in order to evaluate their needs within the prison and probation context and to identify the current state of prevention strategies and efforts to promote deradicalisation and disengagement.

Take the survey: https://psicsocialugr.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bq0v7vstyXl1A2i
From July 1 to 20
Available in different languages (Bulgarian, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovenian, and Spanish).
The survey is completely online, take no longer than 20 minutes, and it is completely anonymous.

Interviews

To deepen this research, the Euro-Arab Foundation will carry out throughout the month of July interviews with professionals who work on (de)radicalization in prisons in order to identify the problems they encounter.

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EN Armour News

End of the ARMOUR project

The ARMOUR project has come to an end, successfully achieving the objectives set. Promoted by a consortium of 9 entities from 8 different countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands and Romania) led by the Euro-Arab Foundation and funded by the Internal Security Fund – European Union Police (GA nº.- 823683). ARMOUR started in 2019 with the aim that professionals and future professionals who work with children and young people, aged 10 and 18 years old, know how to prevent, detect and intervene on possible cases of radicalization and violent extremism in educational centers, social centers and other entities where minors are worked.

Over the last two years and half, the project partners have carried out an in-depth analysis of the factors that contribute to the phenomena of radicalization and societal polarization, through literature review, expert consultation, individual interviews and focus groups with first line practitioners and have been working on building a model for the prevention of radicalisation which worked on different levels and involved multiple social actors. Armour has explored a new learning model to provide individuals in the community and practitioners the know-how, as well as a toolkit consisting of an experimental creative lab architecture in which to create, test, and promote psychoeducational and community behavioural and communication strategies aimed at correcting reactions to perceived or real grievances and thus promote resilience to push and pull factors involved in advancing radicalization and violent extremism.

The ARMOUR project ends with the successful development and testing of the ARMOUR Experimental Labs on development of individual agency, community empowerment and resilience, and moderate and proportionate state response where special attention was placed on individual capacity building and social skills of support. The labs represented a safe environment where participants could experience alternative ways of responding to push and pull factors of social polarisation and extremism.

Through different activities and elaborated resources (such as a Train-the-trainer program, manuals, toolkits, workshops, e-Learning Courses…), ARMOUR has been increasing awareness and capacity of first-line practitioners on radicalization and polarization among children and youth; promoting interaction and cooperation among different stakeholders; promoting the views of moderate voices by engaging with the silent majority and integrating them into the experimental lab and developing and promoting concrete tools targeting vulnerable groups.

Thanks to its good results, the project will continue implementing the Experimental Laboratories in collaboration with different organizations and institutions and training public and private professionals in strengthening the resilience of young people.

All findings can be found on the ARMOUR website at

https://armourproject.eu

Check out ARMOUR Project Overview Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaFYZzZcYnY

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EN Unchained News

The UNCHAINED project begins its research on trafficking in child , sexual and labor exploitation

Throughout this month of June 2021, three focus groups have been held on the business models in trafficking for child exploitation (in Spain); sexual exploitation (in Italy) and labor exploitation (in Germany). The debates have focused on the business models identified in their national contexts, as well as the good practices necessary to carry out intersectoral cooperation.

In the focus group held in Spain, organized by the Euro-Arab Foundation, experts and agents representing different sectors have been invited to debate on the main problems related to the business models that exist in the trafficking for child exploitation, an exploitation that includes, but is not limited to, forced begging, sexual exploitation and labor exploitation.

Participants have explained from their own fields of action, the phenomenon of child trafficking, debating the main commercial models in the Spanish context, as well as the points of interception and the sectors that require intersectoral cooperation. and closer cross-border to follow up on suspicious financial actions.This debate has been developed according to five thematic blocks: forms of child exploitation in Europe and new trends; Business models used in the trafficking of minors; the financial investigation of the crime; points of interconnection and sectors of cooperation between law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, judicial bodies, tax inspectorate, labor inspectorate, NGOs. The last block is the one dedicated to improvement proposals.

The UNCHAINED project, financed by the Internal Security Fund of the General Directorate of the Interior of the European Commission, coordinated by the Procura della Republica Presso il Tribunals ordinario di Padova of Italy, has the participation of the Euro-Arab Foundation (Spain); Fondazione Agenfor International (Italy); Ministry of the Interior- ESMIR (Spain), Institute for Police and Security Research (IPoS) – in Hochschule für Öffentliche Verwaltung Bremen (Germany) and School of Public Administration (Hochschule für Öffentliche Verwaltung Bremen (Germany).

UNCHAINED WEBSITE:

https://unchainedproject.eu

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@EuUnchained

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EN Trace News

Online course: Working multiculturalism and critical thinking through children’s stories

The online training that will be given on June 22 is part of the multiplier event of the TRACE project for the exchange of traditional children’s stories between educators from different EU countries who work with girls and boys from 6 to 12 years old.

Duration: 2 hours

Date of celebration: June 22, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (CET, Spanish time)

Price: free, upon registration: https://forms.gle/9tXLa8iCKLwwsm6U7

Registration deadline: June 17, 2021

Aimed at teachers, professors, librarians, social educators, leisure entertainers, experts and interested people, this course aims to provide professionals who work with children with tools to work on critical thinking and multiculturalism.

The course will present a selection of traditional children’s stories from Croatia, Greece, Latvia and Spain translated into English, Spanish, Croatian, Greek and Latvian, as well as educational resources designed for their didactic exploitation. Special emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking, the acquisition and reinforcement of ethical values ​​and the awareness of diversity and multiculturalism.

PROGRAM:

Introduction: The TRACE project and work with children through traditional stories.

The selection of stories

Tools to work on critical thinking and multiculturalism:

– The TRACE platform

– The TRACE Guide for Teachers and Librarians

– The videos

Discussion and conclusions

This training offered by TRACE provides the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas and experiences on traditional children’s stories, including practical examples to implement in the classroom and in libraries. Thus, contents and practical activities are presented to promote the acquisition of values ​​and skills, such as honesty, courage, solidarity, creativity and critical thinking.

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EN Armour News

Course on “Psychoeducational Models of Intervention in the Classroom”

The first course on “Psychoeducational Models of Intervention in the Classroom”, organized by the Euro-Arab Foundation as part of the actions designed by the European project ARMOUR: Radical Model of Resilience for Young Minds[TyC1] , will be held until February 8.

This project is aimed at frontline professionals in state institutions and civil society, working with young people susceptible and vulnerable to radicalization.

With the collaboration of the Andalusian CCOO Teaching Federation and taught by staff of the Euro-Arab Foundation, this first course is offered in virtual format and lasts one month, in which almost a hundred teachers from the Andalusian community have enrolled.

The course is divided into a first theoretical section on radicalization and its prevention, followed by 7 workshops: coaching and parenting; development of critical thinking; anger management; narrative therapy; simulation and debate; conflict resolution; principle of proportionality.

Its programming is based on the experimental laboratories developed by the ARMOUR project. They provide material for teachers to better understand the challenges and strategies recommended to overcome difficult situations in their daily practice, focusing on how radicalization can be managed, reversed and channeled towards positive forms of self-affirmation and success.

The Euro-Arab Foundation hopes that this first approach to the subject of radicalization by the teachers enrolled in this course will be the beginning of future training actions on issues of radicalization and prevention. The debates generated among the participants in this first training experience will undoubtedly allow perfecting future training actions which will continue to be given to the educational community on a permanent basis.

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Miict News

The social and labour inclusion of immigrants makes the digital leap in Granada.

This is a trial program that is being tested in Granada (Spain), through the UGR, Cyprus and Italy.

The Euro-Arab Foundation of Granada has begun testing the digital platform designed by the European project MI-ICT, an initiative that develops tools to facilitate the social and labour inclusion of migrants, refugees or asylum seekers.

The European MI-ICT project is an initiative focused on the area of Public Services for migration based on information and communication technologies that starts its third phase of implementation with the testing of the multilingual digital platform designed to achieve its objectives.

This software solution aims to improve access to the labour market for migrants or asylum seekers by linking people with jobs and opportunities for personal development, always taking into account their specific contexts, as reported by the University of Granada in a statement.

This digital prototype is being tested in Spain, Cyprus and Italy, the three pilot countries of the project, and has counted in its design with the users, which would be immigrants or refugees, with the NGOs and service providers, either public or private, and with a third group composed of experts.

The Euro-Arab Foundation is in charge of developing the tests of this platform in the Faculty of Law. This prototype covers areas such as training, employment, accommodation, language, social security, legal issues, mobility, health and social integration activities.

The MIICT project, in which the Euro-Arab Foundation participates along with fourteen other partner organizations from ten European countries, addresses the challenge of integrating migrants.

Through its own methodology, this European project seeks to involve public authorities, key civil society organizations, public service providers, interest groups and migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to jointly advance their desired social and economic inclusion in the host countries.

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EN Sat-Law News

Experts and researchers participate in the experimental laboratories of the SAT LAW project

As part of the technical package of qualitative research of the SAT-LAW project, two experimental laboratories organized by the Euro-Arab Foundation and the University of Granada will be held today, Thursday 5th and tomorrow 6th November. These meetings will allow the exchange of information and experiences between the key agents involved, as well as the sharing of problems and needs detected in the use of the instrument of criminal judicial cooperation created by Directive 2014/41/EU on the European system of criminal investigation.

The aim of these laboratories is to identify both the legal and factual obstacles that arise in the execution of OIEs (passive) and in the issuing. It will also allow, from a perspective very close to the judicial reality, to suggest practices or solutions to the problems that the project has previously identified.

Due to the mobility restriction measures adopted by the crisis caused by the Covid-19, these laboratories have been adapted to the online modality.

The European Project SAT LAW -Strategic Assessment for Law and Police Cooperation, financed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, deals with the application of Directive 2014/41/EU regarding the European Criminal Investigation Order (ECIO), which lays the foundations for a new system of judicial cooperation for criminal investigations in the European Union based on the principle of mutual recognition.

The objective of SAT LAW is to contribute to the biannual report on the implementation of this Directive in order to detect the state of harmonization and its interrelation with other judicial instruments in the different European countries.

This European project, led by the Italian Ministry of Justice – Regional Directorate of the Penitentiary Administration of the Triveneto, is constituted by a consortium in which institutions from 8 countries participate: Spain, through the Euro-Arab Foundation and the University of Granada, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic and Malta.

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EN Armour News

ARMOUR evaluates violent extremism prevention projects

The ARMOUR (Radical Resilience Model for Young Minds) project, co-financed by the European Commission, in which the Euro-Arab Foundation works together with partners from eight European Union countries, has held a discussion group on the evaluation of projects for the prevention of violent extremism.

Experts and professionals from different areas participated in this discussion group. From the academic field, where they have been studying the processes of radicalization for years, to front-line professionals who carry out their activities in fields as different as the legal and educational or civil service. 

During the interesting discussion that took place in this session, issues related to the capabilities that certain professionals have when implementing and evaluating a program of this type were assessed; the different problems surrounding evaluation, such as the difficulty of defining certain objectives or the indicators used for evaluation, among others; the need to create specific evaluations, moving away from generalizations; the ethical dilemmas involved in evaluation as well as the most relevant methods, the costs involved in evaluation or the problems of moving from design to implementation. The discussion left instructive phrases such as “we must see what we did before and do not do now, and what was not done before and is done now” or categorical phrases such as “monitoring is as important as evaluation”.

The results of this focus group, in conjunction with another group to be held in the Netherlands, are intended to improve the evaluation proposal for a prevention program created within the framework of this project. This proposal consists of different modules offering keys and tools aimed to help frontline professionals in their task of educating and strengthening the resilience of young people in the face of radicalization. These modules will soon be available in course format from the First-line-practitioner (www.firstlinepractitioners.com) and Hermes (www.traininghermes.eu) platforms in different languages.

ARMOUR: https://armourproject.eu/