Democracy and participation, Migration

Voices of Migration:Youth engagement for migration


Who is behind this?

Natalia Lombana



Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Apathy of youth towards the situation of migrants is present throughout Europe. The project seeks to create empathy towards the lifeworlds of people on the move and encourage youth to become democratic agents of change. Based on a theatre play, youth will enact the testimonies of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and the experiences of rescue teams in a workshop. The project aims to engage students in a critical discussion, linking them to the larger issue of how Europe responds to migration.

Where will your idea take place?

Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, Italy, Greece and Sweden, with potential to scale up.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Through the re-enactment of testimonies, we are raising awareness about the situation in the Mediterranean. The youth will engage in critical democratic discussions revolving around migration and hopefully motivate them to pro-actively diffuse this knowledge within their own communities.

What is your impact?

Through critical engagement and discussion about the realities of migration policies, we seek to increase the interest of youth for them to become agents of change on how to deal with migration and create a more organized movement working within their communities towards better migration policies.

How do you get there?

We will bring together students (15-19), a local rescue member, a person who crossed the Mediterranean and a theatre pedagogue for the theatrical framework. Our unique approach is the use of testimonies collected on board our rescue vessel (first-hand accounts of the dangerous crossing to Europe). The rescuer and the person who fled will function as a mediators, giving insights into the realities of forced migration. Thereby, creating a space for critical discussion in an additional workshop.

What is your story?

Enabling youth to understand the real-life consequences of migration policies might create new perspectives on responses to people making their way to Europe. We believe that our unique perspective as a maritime humanitarian organization can add valuable insights.

Who are you doing it for?

For the European youth and their involvement in a global challenge unfolding at the European border. With their engagement for migration policies in Europe, they will transform Europe’s path towards more solidarity and humanity. Also giving a voice to people risking their life seeking safety.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would like to receive advice and feedback as well as sharing experiences on the organization of workshops with teenagers and the stimulation of creative debates over pluralistic perspectives towards migration.



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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