International youngsters come to Italy to learn about migration and identities

Routes&Roots in Italy

For the second time already, EEE-YFU in partnership with YFU Italy organised the international youth exchange Routes&Roots, which was held in Genoa and Alessandria on 8-14 April 2017.
Thanks to the Erasums+ funding, Routes&Roots gave the opportunity to a group of more than 50 young people (aged 15-18) and group leaders from all across Europe and beyond, to explore the issues of cultural diversity, migration, and identities. The exchange combined field-visits, workshops, team-building activities, reflections in sub-groups, and other experiential learning methods.

Activities during the exchange project

During the visit to the Association Cambalache, participants did not only discover the work of a local association working with asylum seekers, but also had the opportunity to interact with individuals involved in Cambalache’s projects, listened to their perspectives and points of view, shared experiences, understood challenges and potentials behind migration processes. 
Another visit was organised at the Maritime and Migration Museum in Genoa, where participants discovered routes, stories and history of Italian emigrations and of the most recent immigration to Italy.
The participants of the project had the opportunity to get familiar with the activities of A-POIS and ARCI-Liguria and met the participants of a project called Tangram, mainly minor migrants.

The exchange increased participants’ capacity to look at issues through different perspectives, be more conscience of their own cultural stereotypes, and be more critical to narratives they hear in the media and in social media networks, especially narratives about other cultures and immigrants and refugees in particular.