MED-looking Youth Shaping EU Policy for a “Ready Europe” “RE-YOUrEU”
Incorrect information, intolerant and aggressive speeches, incitement to violence against migrants, refugees and Roma are multiplying in the web,
in particular through social networks: this phenomenon is difficult to control due to the nature of the medium in which it develops.
All available sources, both official and unofficial, document a worrying growth of racist discourses in Italy and in Europe. The inversion of this trend requires a specific, transversal and coordinated commitment of all the subjects involved: the victims and their representative organizations, the anti-racist organizations, the traditional and online media system and the national and local institutions.
Lunaria has long been engaged in the fight against all forms of discrimination and racism and in recent years has devoted specific attention to the analysis of stigmatizing, intolerant and aggressive discourses that choose as special target migrants, refugees, Roma and more in general citizens of foreign origin residing in Italy and in Europe. The project Re-YOU-REU is part of this strategy.
RE-YOU-REU is a project supported by the Erasmus + program that aims to develop a structured dialogue between young people and local institutions in Rome, Barcelona and Thessaloniki to better prevent and combat racism and the spread of hate speech to local, national and European level. RE-YOU-REU is promoted by Lunaria in collaboration with GES (Gabinet d’estudis socials) of Barcelona and Antigone Center for information and documentation on racism of Thessaloniki. Started in September 2018, the project includes the organization of 1 national workshop in Italy (LINK, In Italian), the consultation of young people on racism and on the best ways to combat it, the holding of an international meeting in Rome on January 2019 and the promotion of a communication campaign to raise awareness on human rights and against racism in view of the European elections of 2019.
The youth consultation on racism
The consultation will be articulated in two actions, the interviews and the online survey.
Conducting face to face interviews
The realization of 10 interviews in each city involved in the project will be carried out using a common reference grid that can be integrated and modified according to the interlocutor. The interviews will involve 10 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who are not active in youth organizations and are identified in significant open spaces of socialization in each city. The goal of the interviews is to investigate the perceptions of the phenomenon of racism by young people chosen randomly and not active in youth organizations or in defense of human rights.
- Text report of each interview.
- National and international report
The online consultation
The online consultation, conducted through the supply of a structured questionnaire to a group of at least 60 young activists aged between 18 and 30 residing in Italy, Greece and Spain, has the following objectives:
– to investigate the current perception of the phenomenon of racism (definition, direct experience, main elements of self and hetero representation of one’s own subjectivity, identification of the main causes, identification of the most responsible subjects) by young people active in youth organizations;
– to investigate which policies / actions / initiatives are considered most effective to combat the spread of racism among young people, whether they are promoted by institutions or civil society organizations;
– to investigate the most effective tools and languages to prevent and combat the spread of racism in the youth world.
- At least 20 questionnaires filled in in each country involved in the project
- Data and ibnfographics to show the information and opinions collected in each country
- National and International report
Participate to our online consultation on racism!
What do young people think about the spread of racism that is worryingly going through European societies? Do they think they can play an active role in combating it? And how?
Lunaria, in collaboration with Gabinet d’Estudis Socials of Barcelona and the Osservatorio Antigone-Center for Information and Documentation on the Racism of Thessaloniki, launches an inquiry among young people aged between 18 and 30 looking for answers to these questions.
The goal is to better understand which policies / actions / initiatives could be more effective to combat the spread of racism in the youth world, taking into account the forms of communication, expression and aggregation that characterize it. The results of the survey will be collected in a dossier that will be published at the end of the year.
The survey will be carried out both by conducting interviews and by providing a questionnaire available online. To fill it out there is time until July 31st 2018.
Are you aged between 18 and 30? Do you live in Italy, Greece or Spain?
Would you participate to the consultation?
Fill in the questionnaire clicking to the links, below: