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In May 2021 all EPIC partners participated in an intense 4-day online training on alternative and counter-narratives methodologies and tools. The experts Jon Salaj, Dariusz Grzemny and Ruxandra Pandea guided them to understand hate speech, its different definitions, causes and consequences, as well as how to counterbalance hate speech messages by building counter or alternative narratives based on a human right approach.
Research on migration and integration in Europe especially today is framed in a context pervaded by racism that cannot be ignored. This report uncovers issues surrounding the notion of integration, and related policies, based on the perception of the people who live it. In collaboration with 15 EPIC partners, a team of researchers based at the Development Planning Unit (UCL) collected and analysed people’s accounts of practices. 700 urban inhabitants helped us better understand the multiple registers given to the word integration, ultimately challenging it and moving beyond the state as a privileged unit of analysis
In November 2020 the EPIC partners met for a 3-day consortium meeting. The working groups analysed the research results obtained so far and specific priority areas for the project based on those findings. The meeting ended with the analysis of the main findings and review of the overall working plan for the project
On 17th, 18th and 19th May, EPIC organised 3 focus groups with the representatives from local authorities and NGOS of the project.
The aim of the focus groups was to discuss existing practices of migrant integration collectively with partners in each case city, and to share challenges faced, lessons learned and what the needs are for their territory.
At the end of May, EPIC launched an online survey with the aim of gathering information on migration and integration practices across the EU. Open to host and migrant communities and practitioners, the survey invited participants to inform on strategies put in place for and by migrants to navigate the city during and after COVID-19. The results will help the project learn more about practices of inclusion and responses to displacement across different European cities.
On 28 April 2020, EPIC organised the first of a series of webinars on migration narratives on the topic of ‘Hate Speech: understanding the phenomenon from different perspectives’. In times of crisis, ‘the fear of the other’ becomes a common part of public debate. Bearing this in mind, the webinar aimed to set the scene for what hate speech is currently in Europe, how it is defined, how widespread it is, and what solutions are there to tackle it.
EPIC received a warm welcome from the municipality of Santorso with a public event announcing the start of the project. Project partners and work package leaders had the chance to present their objectives and work that will be undertaken within EPIC for the next three years.
The EPIC project leader ALDA hosted in Vicenza (Italy) a two-and-a-half-day meeting to kick off the project. Organisation delegates from the 16-partners consortium held several plenary sessions and workshops to establish the best working methods and revise the whole project work plan and strategy.