Migration Lab 2.0 was all about providing with the necessary tools to better understand the current migration phenomenon, as well as to encourage the development and strengthening of values such as solidarity, tolerance, and mutual respect. Also to encourage to become active citizens who embrace an interest in civic issues and the main socio-economic changes that currently affect our society while respecting the social and cultural differences. Learn from each other through a wide range of activities. Develop the ability to respond with critical arguments to anti-migrant statements. Be able to promote important values, to encourage successful integration, to combat the rampant racism that we are facing and thus to create a more cohesive and inclusive society.

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Migration Lab 1.0 and 2.0 – Erasmus plus youth exchange – Abroadship.org

Thirty seven adventurers caring about migration from UK, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria arrived to Migration Lab 2.0 simulation in Kennington, United Kingdom to explore the migration topic.

Day 1: Community Building

~ 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐥
“𝘈 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱”

On day 1, participants get to know each other and they get into the topic of the Youth Exchange.
After some practicalities, the participants to get to know each others through impossible missions & circle questions. Also, social agreement was settled.

Then, participants went around the “YouthPass Islands”, starting the reflection about the key competences.

Lastly, the first supporting system was introduced and we had 5 family groups.

Day 2 Concepts and Reality

~ Our impressions, in a nutshell

On day 2, participants have started to dive into the topic of migration.

First, they went to the “bomb shelter”, to reflect how tricky, difficult and challenging can be to make choices that involve other people’s lives.

Then, the topic of different kind of migration was addressed, in order to highlight the different shades inside this huge phenomenon.

An activity was focused on how mass media, especially social media, influence the perspectives that people have about migration.

We have closed the day with the first intercultural night, organised by the Spanish group.

Day 3 Active Citizenship

~ Our impressions, in a nutshell

On Day 3, participants have dealt with active citizenship.

During the morning, a role play was settled: the participants, in the role of migrants with different stories, had to persuade the police border to let them enter in a different country. From this, the reflection about who and how let migrant people come in has started.

In the afternoon, small groups went around Kennington and Ashford to carry out small tasks related, but not limited to, migration. They have taken some pictures and they have interacted with the local community.

The day was closed with the Greek cultural night.

Day 4 Role Play

~ Our impressions, in a nutshell

On Day 4, inclusion and emotions were the focus on the activities.

The day was opened by reflecting on the concept of differences and inclusion.

Then, there was an activity focused on emotions and empathy, through which participants have experience the feeling of loss and detachment that migrants could experience.

In the afternoon, the world café was focused on challenges that migrants can face in a foreign country and in which way it is possible to tackle them.

Last, but not least, the “Forum Theater” allowed the reflection on real situations related to discrimination, prejudges and human rights, putting the focus on what people can do to change them.

The day was closed with the Italian cultural night.

Day 5 and 6: Time to Shine

~ Our impressions, in a nutshell

On Day 5 and 6, participants had the opportunity to put their idea into practices.

They bring all their learning needs and ideas to build up specific activities related to the topic of migration.

The have used different methods (role play, media, body movement, lecture, questions) to face different shades of the topic.
In 25 hours, they have tested their skills related to project management and implementation, as teamwork, time management, commitment.

Also during these two days there were cultural nights: the British evening and the Romanian night.

Day 7 Closing

~ Our impressions, in a nutshell

The time to close the Youth Exchange has come: the Day 7 was already the last one of “Migration Lab”.
It was a moment to wrap up what has happened in the previous days and to share what are the results of these days working together.

Participants have split themselves in four groups, each one with a different output to create: video, articles, yearbook and the farewell party. They have time to put on the table their feelings, thoughts and emotion, in order to spread them with a broader audience.

Then, there was an interactive discussion about the opportunities that EU offers to young people, such as Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps.

We have closed the day with sharing with each others emotions, appreciations and feelings.