MUDEM is currently collaborating with Youth Work Ireland and with the funding support of Erasmus+ are running the project ‘Youth Workers Mobility’ between Ireland and Turkey.
In UNHCR’s (the UN Refugee Agency) 2013 ‘Global Review of Displaced Youth’ it states that only 14% of its managers worldwide reported fully achieving their target actions for adolescents. It is recognized as one of the top four gaps in implementing its Age, Gender and Diversity policy. Little data exists within UNHCR on the globally displaced population of those aged 15-24 years and yet evidence suggests that those in this category form the majority of UNHCR’s ‘Persons of Concern’.
The EU Commission acknowledges that youth work and non-formal learning activities can significantly contribute to addressing the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants while also increasing awareness about this issue within local communities. The EU Commission wishes ERASMUS+ to particularly contribute towards supporting youth mobility projects involving or focusing on refugees/asylum seekers and migrants.
Turkey continues to host the largest number of refugees worldwide. They host close to 4.1 million refugees, including 3.7 million Syrians and nearly 400,000 asylum-seekers and refugees of other nationalities. While the government leads the refugee response, national and international relief organisations and NGOs are working hard to enhance the integration of migrant populations. Ireland has more limited numbers of refugees, but new arrivals have caused challenges for communities and the youth work sector. Ireland has also pledged to take more people in need into the country under EU relocation and resettlement schemes.
Therefore, the project partners wish to develop and strengthen their ability to work with young refugees in their respective countries. In Turkey, MUDEM wishes to further its capacity to do this by strengthening its youth work practice and aligning it to European standards and policy priorities. Youth Work Ireland wishes to further its work with refugees by learning from an organisation with considerable experience and practice in running a number of refugee projects with substantial numbers on the frontline of the recent refugee crisis. They also wish to develop mutual understanding and share their respective strengths in this field whilst building a relationship of co-operation for future work in this and related fields.
The primary goal of the Youth Worker Mobility Project is to provide assistance to the young people who represent some of the most disadvantaged, excluded and hard to reach groups in Europe and beyond.