Second Home 12-20 December 2016, Denmark

Human migration is a global and vital issue of Europe. Annually a total 214 million international migrants are immigrating to other countries. Young people constitute more than 10 % of this sum, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences of them abroad.
Project is created by all partners that initially worked together on different international projects before. During our cooperation in other projects, we suddenly started a conversation about migration and emigrants problems in our states and we found that all of our countries have different types of issues related to the migration of people which provoked us to create all together this exchange project.
“Second Home” will be implemented in December from 12-20 of December 2016. The aim of the project is to concentrate on the following objectives:
• To focus on the consequences of migration and reflecting on the practice of migrant integration and inclusion in European countries;
• To share best practice in tackling migration, integration and inclusion;
• To exchange experience and good practice related to international/local migration and mobility and its influence on young people in Europe;
• To prepare young people in addressing the challenges and opportunities resulting from migration for young people/society as a whole;
• To raise the competence of young people about the push and pull factors of migration and causes and consequences of migration and how to prevent negative effects of migration (such as discrimination) in society;
• To promote European cooperation between youth organizations promoting youth mobility and support engagement youth with immigrant backgrounds in participating organizations’ activities;
• To provide informal learning opportunities with a European dimension and to create innovative opportunities in connection with active citizenship, especially for the young people with fewer opportunities through the development of new initiatives in the field of migration and mobility for young people within the framework of Erasmus + (Learning Mobility of Individuals).
Immigration to Denmark has increased steadily over the past 30 years, with the majority of new immigrants arriving from Non-Western countries of origin. As of 2014, more than 8% of the population of Denmark consists of immigrants. The population of immigrants is approximately 476,059, excluding Danish born descendants of immigrants to Denmark.
Turkey has traditionally been a country of transit for migrants and, to a much lesser extent, a country of final destination. Turkey is becoming a key transit and destination country for migrants from non-EU Member State countries, including the neighboring ones.
On the other hand, there are many who want to leave Diyarbakir and seek a better life in west part of Turkey. The main problem here is that many of them are educated people who are immigrating to another cities to increase their life conditions e.g. social rights, political situation, social life, higher living standards, etc. A big number of youths see Diyarbakir as a city experiencing lack of opportunities and development. Thus this brings many complications to the business sector and development of economy of the country because de facto Diyarbakir is raising young specialists for the other market. 1 out of 8 young people, especially in the 20 – 29-year-old group in Diyarbakir has concrete plans to leave the city in a search for better life in the nearest future, data from the draft National Strategy for Youth in 2010-2020 of the Education Ministry reveals. Another pair of countries that face a huge immigration flow are Bulgaria and Italia. Those countries have a tradition of dealing with the issue of illegal migration and employment of people without documents. They have a big arsenal of methods, policies and activities which can help us all together to build a strategy of how to resolve this problem at national level and influence internationally. Italy, also faces great challenges due to the high rates of emigration. In 2013 almost twice as many people left the country than came into the country.
The exchange project “Second Home” aims at addressing (illegal) migration and help young people understand the advantages and disadvantages of being an emigrant and apply all of the set objectives. This project will bring awareness to the people and will improve their competences of how to resolve an issues of such an importance which correspond to the Erasmus + goals and KA1 for youth mobility.