Project background

The vast impact of migration on contemporary European societies is indisputable. The political and economical changes of the late 20th and early 21st centuries have influenced growing mobility of European citizens. Though migration is nothing new in the history of Europe, never in the past has there been so much effort put into fostering understanding and peace, finding solutions for social inclusion of immigrants and promoting diversity as it is now.

Through painful history Europe seems to have learned a lot and offers various financial and operational means supporting peaceful coexistence of people from different countries. The key to creating tolerant, open-minded, critical and diverse society is to enable already young people of different origins, religions and cultures to meet, discuss and so to discover how enriching it can be to live in societies marked by diversity.

Sending countries like Moldova, Georgia or Ukraine have to deal with high emigration rates which deprive them of well educated and active citizens. Whereas Western European Countries like France or Germany face huge immigration waves which are a challenge for its social systems and capacity to integrate newcomers into the society. Since both Eastern and Western Europe experience different perspectives of migration, it is crucial for them to talk to each other, listen to each other’s opinions, discuss differences in perceiving it and finally try to understand each other’s perspective in order to spread it in their own local communities and this way to participate in creating peaceful, tolerant and diverse Europe.