CARDET with its partners from Italy, UK, Poland and Spain participate in the INTO project. INTO aims to promote strategies and methods that help students with a migrant background at risk of early school leaving to maintain their motivation for education, through e development of an innovative model of “Intercultural Mentoring” and an “Intercultural Mentoring Programme”.

The INTO project was launched in November of 2013 and will have a total duration of 2 years. In the framework of the project CARDET has collected from relevant researches, programs and policies about migration in Cyprus, educational context and system, and peer education in Cyprus, as well.

The METIS (Meeting teachers’ co-design needs by means of Integrated Learning Environments) Lifelong Learning Programme project aims to provide educators with tools and practices that promote learning design thinking, as a way of identifying educational challenges and devising new learning experiences. METIS had its third face-to-face meeting during 17th-19th 2014, in Genoa, Italy. During this meeting, the partners discussed the progress of the project, as well as the risks that partners are still facing regarding the next steps of the project.

The three-year EuropeAid project “Technology challenging poverty: Make the Link” envisions integrating issues around Technology Justice into the Science and Technology curricula of the early secondary classes of the EU member states’ educational systems. Technology Justice - the right of all people to access the technologies they need to live a life they value, without harming others now or in the future - will be explored in relation to the Millennium Development Goals, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

CARDET participates in the project Adults with a learning disability – Observatory of Best Practice / ALDO with partners from Ireland, Romania, Austria, Belgium and Spain. This is a Lifelong Learning Program which is leaded by the County Meath Vocational Educational Committee.

Addressing the educational needs of adults with a learning disability is not a once-off endeavour but a continuing phenomenon that is a core part of education provision throughout the European Union. As one would expect in such an important educational field, a significant number of projects that address the educational needs and integration of adults with learning disabilities have been financed with the help of the European Commission under the current Lifelong Learning Programme.

Advocacy e-Lab is a one-stop e-learning platform advancing community mobilisation and government engagement. World Vision leads the project and provides all the content and expertise in the field. CARDET leads the instructional design, graphic design and web development of the platform infrastructure and the course content.

The University of Nicosia in collaboration with the research centre CARDET, with the support of the European Return Fund and the Republic of Cyprus within the Action No. 2, Priority 3 - Action 3.3.1 Annual Programme 2012, developed the Voluntary Return Network (VRENET).

The network aims to promote exchange of information and practices among European, Mediterranean and Third countries’ organizations regarding migrants returning to their country of origin. It is expected to build a broader cooperation in developing effective, stable and continuous operational working relationships between governmental authorities and organisations enter the network to improve the quality of programs that apply on immigrants’ returns.

European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström reacted to the new tragedy in the Mediterranean:

“Unfortunately, all efforts done on the field could not avoid new shocking deaths. The responsibility is clearly relying on all EU Member States, who must show concrete solidarity to reduce the risk of repetition of such tragedies, she said. By safely bringing those people to Europe, we will avoid that they fall in the hands of smugglers who put in danger their lives, she added. It is time that Member States step forward from intentions to actions, this is why I ask a formal discussion in the next Council for Home Affairs on how to concretely contribute to the migratory challenges in the Mediterranean Sea, she concluded.”

Source: Repubblica.it

Terre des Hommes Italy position:

More deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. Terre des Hommes calls on the Italian Head of Government, Matteo Renzi, to urge the EU on humanitarian corridors

The shipwreck of a sea vessel carrying on board 400 migrants has put the appeal made last Friday by Terre des Hommes to the Italian Head of Government Matteo Renzi into the foreground. And so have the demands of the migrant children who had reached Italy and the ones of the local authorities left alone to tackle the reception of the migrants.

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Το Διεθνές Ερευνητικό Κέντρο CARDET, έχει αναλάβει την  «Έρευνα για θέματα που σχετίζονται με νεαρούς Υπηκόους Τρίτων Χωρών (ΥΤΧ) στην Κύπρο και μελλοντικές προοπτικές», στο πλαίσιο του Ευρωπαϊκού Ταμείου Ένταξης ΥΤΧ, το οποίο χρηματοδοτείται από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση (95%) και την Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία (5%).

Η δράση αφορά στη διεξαγωγή έρευνας και μελέτης πάνω στα διάφορα θέματα που σχετίζονται με νεαρούς ΥΤΧ (μεταξύ 16-35 χρονών) στην Κύπρο, με έμφαση στα προβλήματα/δυσκολίες που αντιμετωπίζουν οι νέοι μετανάστες ΥΤΧ καθώς και μελλοντικές προοπτικές που τους προσφέρει η Κύπρος. Μέσα από την έρευνα αναμένεται να προκύψουν χρήσιμες πληροφορίες και συμπεράσματα τα οποία θα προωθηθούν στους αρμόδιους φορείς και θα οδηγήσουν προς την ανάπτυξη μιας πιο στοχευμένης προσέγγισης ως προς το σχεδιασμό δράσεων ένταξης για νέους μετανάστες ΥΤΧ στην Κύπρο.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για την έρευνα στην ιστοσελίδα της δράσης: www.youth-research.org

The Mediterranean Migration Network kick off meeting took place in the University on Nicosia, 10-11 March 2014 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The meeting was organized by CARDET with the cooperation of INNOVADE.

The meeting attended representatives of services and authorities from the Republic of Cyprus, International Organisations, and NGOs from other EU-countries. More specifically the meeting attended representatives from the University of Nicosia, Trade Unions, the UNHCR, Youth board of Cyprus, Migrant’s organisation, the European University of Nicosia, the Cyprus Police, the Social Welfare Services of the Republic, Ministry of Interior, the Municipality of Ad. Dometios, the Ombudsman Office, the International Organisation of Migration, and NGOs.

The objectives of the meeting was the identification of needs and challenges public and private organisations face in relation to migration and integration. Some of the needs discussed were; the members expectations in relation to the Network, the redefinition of the working framework of the Network, and the participation procedures and activities to be developed within the
Network through discussion and brainstorming exercises.

The EP’s Directorate-General for External Policies just released an Analysis, “Mediterranean flows into Europe: Migration and the EU’s foreign policy,” in which it reviews the EU’s external policies and instruments relating to migration in the Mediterranean, including the Mediterranean Task Force established after 3 October 2013 tragedy at Lampedusa in which over 350 people died.

The Analysis describes the serious shortcomings of the security-driven approach that has been taken by the EU. Noting, for example, that “it is unclear whether the militarisation of EU border management (resulting from a tighter relation between the CSDP and Frontex) will actually save lives or create even more danger for migrants” and that “[t]he increasing militarisation of the issue of irregular migration was underscored in December 2013, when the European Council called for the establishment of an EU Maritime Security Strategy by June 2014 as well as for increased synergies between the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and freedom/security/justice actors to tackle illegal migration.”