Destination Europe is an educational tool that encourages young people (16+) and professionals to discuss about migration and integration and learn about their current challenges and opportunities in today's Europe in an innovative and interactive way.
Students are discussing migration policies as part of the educational activity Destination Europe. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2023.
To take full advantage of all the benefits of the Destination Europe in the education on migration, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the coordinator of the European Migration Network (EMN) in Slovakia conducts workshops with this activity for students.
“Learning about migration with the activity Destination Europe was a very positive experience,” said young people and educators who participated in the workshops.
“These printouts to allow us to continue using Destination Europe in our classrooms and centres,” were appreciated by teachers and youth workers.
So far, IOM organized six of these workshops across 4 different cities in Slovakia for more than 130 students and young people at the following sites:
- Grammar School Pavla Horova in Michalovce,
- Grammar School Puchov,
- Police Academy in Bratislava,
- Business Academy in Michalovce,
- Leisure Centre in Prievidza with the event for youth from different schools in the region.
Special event took place during the EMN Youth Day with the online streaming for young people from Slovakia joined by their peers from 10 different European countries, as well as a team from the European Commission.
“Migration is a complex topic. Teaching about migration decision-making and its impacts on migrants and host society can pose a challenge for educators. The innovative tabletop tool seeks to help users to grasp the complexities of migration decision making in an accessible manner,” explains Katarína Kubovičová, Head of the EMN Unit at the IOM Slovakia.
The educational activity Destination Europe. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2023.
What is the Destination Europe
Young people have the opportunity to take up roles of different migration stakeholders. In their shoes, they can negotiate and take decisions on migration policies at different levels: the EU, their country and their city.
The role-play activity allows students to:
- Step into the shoes of a minister, European Commissioner, mayor or representative of an NGO.
- Discuss and experience how decisions can influence migration and integration policies, as well as the lives of three migrants: Yulia, Ahmed and Sunil.
- See the impact of their decisions on migrant groups.
- Reflect upon about how the values of security, peace and democracy can accompany migrants on their journey to achieve their dreams.
More information about the Destination Europe educational activity and how it can be used in youth work can be found at: https://destinationeurope.uni.lu/slovak/.
How to bring the Destination Europe to your place:
EMN Slovakia organizes workshops with the educational activity Destination Europe for young people 16+. The workshop lasts at least 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the time possibilities of the school, class or other group of young people. The workshops are free of charge.
EMN activities in Slovakia are funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic.