The organization of a meeting to survey the needs of the migrant population residing in the Parish of Santa Clara, in Lisbon, and the promotion of activities with children were some of the first activities developed within the scope of the project.
NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home is the European project that AIDGLOBAL promotes, in Portugal, to promote the integration process of newly arrived migrants in their host country.
Funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), NEAR began in March 2021 and will last until February 2023 in four European cities: Lisbon, Nicosia, Perugia and Milan. Two years will be guided by the promotion of intercultural knowledge sharing, between migrants and local communities, and by raising society’s awareness of the importance of inclusion.
In Portugal, Lisbon is the city in which the activities carried out within the scope of the NEAR project will be developed, with greater incidence on the Bairro das Galinheiras and Ameixoeira, in the Parish of Santa Clara.
Despite the value that was recognized in the past, Bairro das Galinheiras is today a place that represents a portrait of the social inequalities that cross Portuguese territory.
In a socially and economically disadvantaged context, the immigration rate is high. Newly arrived immigrants live here, often without the necessary documents to safeguard their rights. The majority of the community is made up of people from the PALOP, namely São Tomé e Príncipe and Guinea-Bissau.
To the pressing need to integrate these people, in a reality that is still alien to them, is added the urgency of developing policies that address regional asymmetries and that take into account the structural relationships between the living conditions of populations and their family, socio-professional, educational contexts and access to health.
Through the NEAR project, AIDGLOBAL seeks to mitigate the impacts caused by the reality described above in order to guarantee the integration of migrant people and the safeguarding of fair access to full, inclusive and multilateral citizenship, in national and local contexts.
In August, the official Website of the project and its Instagram page were launched, platforms through which the activities carried out by the four countries involved in the project will be communicated, including: Training for agents on how to inform newly arrived migrants; supporting refugees and asylum seekers in their participation in the labor market; support for newly arrived minors, of compulsory school age, through workshops, laboratories, urban walks and events, among other actions; guidance for newly arrived university students, facilitating their academic path; and exchanges and interactions between local communities and newly arrived migrants through the realization of a communication campaign built together with NEAR beneficiaries.
NEAR is a project funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), with the ISMU Foundation as a promoter and as partner entities Tamat, CARDET, AIDGLOBAL and Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore.
AIDGLOBAL – Ação e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development)is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects in the field of Education for Development and Active Citizenship, in Portugal, including in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, where it has a Delegation in Porto Santo and, also, in the field of Literacy, in Mozambique, in the Province of Gaza, in collaboration with the team of its Delegation in Chibuto. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.