The SIforREF Pilots are concrete actions for the inclusion of refugees into society and labour market. They are designed and implemented building on the extensive research and stakeholder cooperation within the project. Each pilot addresses a specific challenge, a specific target group, and a specific goal in respect to refugee inclusion. The pilots were conducted in the 5 partner regions of Parma, Ljubljana, Berlin, Vienna, and Bologna. They will be evaluated in respect to the question of effectivness and transferability. Key findings will contribute to enhance local and international policy measures.
Selbstständigkeit und Ich (self-employment and me) is a pilot programme aiming to introduce the opportunities of self-employment in Berlin to women with a refugee status who are not being reached by mainstream migrant services. This orientation programme brings 2 groups of 12 women together to explore empowerment, resilience, business ideation, and technical requirements of self-employment. These 10-week programmes comprise
s one weekly 3.5hr workshop and weekly one-to-one mentorship. The first cohort received training and mentorship exclusively in Arabic, the second in Farsi. COVID-19 has hindered plans to offer a live space to operate in, or to offer childcare. As a result, the pilot ensures meaningful participation, while also addressing the growing digital divide, though a laptop-lending programme. This is complimented by a digital training course provided by Frauen Computer Zentrum Berlin.
Selbstständigkeit und ich addresses the key barriers of labour market integration through access to information, networks and digital means. Focusing on empowerment not only increases self confidence and worth, but also arms those at risk of discrimination and racism with essential resilience tools.
The Pilot sets it focus on integrating refugee women in the labour market. This could be achieved by better understanding their needs with the aim of providing them with the appropriate consultation and offering them suitable entry opportunities into the labour market.
The pilot wants to strengthen the already existing network and integration activities in 1 neighborhood in the city of Bologna and in 4/5 towns in the Metropolitan area of Bologna. By the analysis of the needs, the resources, and the possibilities of each area the pilot will support locals, asylum seekers and refugees, long period immigrants, associations and institutions to work in an open innovation process. The three points of views of the project will be: RELATIONSHIPS - JOB - HOME. For each area the pilot will propose different participatory activities, taking into account the territorial specificities and working side by side with local institutions and associations, in order to create something (a project or a methodology) accessible and sustainable for future activities and projects.
The main idea of the pilot is to work with 25 refugees for investigating the needs, expectations and skills; after the interviews we will organise joint meetings to share idea on a common communication platform, the purpose of which is to connect refugees with the local labour marke (LM) through advisers (also other refugees). So the main concept is to form a communication platform that wil assist refugees with knowledge on various possibilities of inclusion in the LM, connecting and providing info o additional educational, vocational and craft options.
The pilot project in Parma concerns the experimentation of the "Social Caretaker". The Municipality of Parma makes some apartments available to refugees who, in turn, carry out social concierge duties in condominiums and in the neighborhood where they live.The project aims to build positive relationships between natives and foreign citizens.Through the project activities it is possible to achieve beneficial effects for both parties: local citizens can come into contact with refugees, dispel the prejudice against them and count on effective support in your neighborhood; refugees rebuild their social network and expand the opportunities for successful socio-economic integration.
Within this pilot a new educational line for apprentices at magdas hotel is created. This educational line is tailor made for apprentices with migrant experience. There for a new curricula will be formed and through three trainings tried out and reviewed. Key to this pilot is that also in the creation and implementation of the curriculum people with migrant experience are part of the team. The aim is to give apprentices through a training in soft skills – with a focus on conflict resolution and intercultural communication – on the one hand better chances in the labour market after finishing their apprenticeship and on the other hand more options for action in difficult situations, hence an active part in social cohesion and integration.
The focus of the pilot action is a training of 10-12 volunteers (with migrant or refugee background). They will receive information on "Labour market integration of refugees and migrants" during five training workshops. Five experienced volunteers from “Grätzeleltern / Community Buddies”, the team of Caritas Vienna Stadtteilarbeit / Community Work and the team of SIforREF (Caritas Vienna) will design, organize and implement the training concept and the curriculum. After completing the training, the trained volunteers pass on the knowledge they have acquired to migrants and refugees and directly improve the situations of migrants and refugees in Vienna.