General information about the research
The current study aims to support the development of useful, practical and exemplary approaches and implementation processes towards migration related topics in the respective local communities across the EU. The RC project will implement a series of activities (art residencies, small and large scale exhibitions, touring residencies, lectures, symposiums, conferences, educational modules, ambassador of culture training programme, communication actions, stakeholders involvement) related to migration topics and develop supporting materials and tools for innovative approaches towards art production and creative educational modules targeted at migrants and integration activities.
- Migration, research, human rights
RC confronts contemporary migrations from North Africa, Ukraine, Pakistan, China, the Middle East into the EU. Some of these are new phenomena, caused by wars. RC did several desktop researches: the 2011 “Arab Spring” revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East dramatically increased trans-Mediterranean migration, leading to record numbers of deaths of migrants at sea and heightened fears across Europe about irregular migrants and asylum seekers. There are several immigrant routes: African, Mediterranean and Balkan. None are easy. More than 1,500 people drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2011. From 2011 to 2015 the number of immigrants grew exponentially.
In the last year the most crowded route is the Balkan one: Syria-Turkey-Greece-Macedonia-Serbia-Hungary, directed to Germany, Sweden and Austria. Beside young, mostly educated, people, there are even more children, women and elderly people. In 2015 EU is expecting 800.000 immigrants, seeking asylum, a basic human right.
To stimulate cultural, social, human rights policy and raise implementation possibilities, we’ll collaborate with stakeholders on national, local, and EU levels.
- Multicultural society, integration, interdisciplinarity
RC will highlight the importance of connectivity and interdisciplinary culture for multicultural integration in EU, in particular for immigrants and new EU members. This will lead to new interdisciplinary practices intended to help migrants integrate into communities and to be actively involved into interdisciplinary co-working processes, having access to multicultural community benefits.
- Audience development, informal education, lifelong learning, intangible cultural heritage
Implementation of new skills, knowledge and experiences through RC educational activities and audience development methods has an important role in RC, with the intention of confronting intolerance, stereotypes, prejudices and social fear. This will be achieved through on-going sharing with audiences throughout and after the project, active involvement of target groups and civil society, participatory art and integration of intangible cultural heritage.
- Creativity, innovative environment and tools, new creative models
RC will develop and upgrade innovative cultural strongly connected to the innovative environment of a post-industrial society where creativity becomes a driving force and added value and artistic creativity and cultural production have an active role in civic aspects of migration and integration issues. Mobile app as extensive innovation tool will provide free access to updates.