Project Duration: 1st Feb 2021- 30th August 2023
The I-SAVE project provides a space for inclusive self-advocacy for young displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers, aged 17 to 25 years.
More than 79.5 million people across the world have been forced to leave their homes to find shelter in another part of their country or abroad (UNHCR, 2019). In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that a lack of human rights-based migration governance at a global, regional and national level is leading to the routine violation of migrants’ rights in transit, at international borders, and in the countries they migrate to (OHCHR, 2020).
Migrants in an irregular situation tend to be disproportionately vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and marginalization, often living and working in the shadows, afraid to complain, and denied their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
I-SAVE has been funded by Erasmus+ and consists of five interrelated outputs:
- I-Save stories: reflecting on Human Rights (Videos)-digital self-representation tools for young migrants
- The Hedge Programme-Training Handbook for youth workers and practitioners working in the youth field. Empowering self-advocacy in 17-to-25-year-old refugees and migrants
- HEDGE Global Effectiveness Masterclasses to encourage global advocacy–training tools for young refugees
- A Youth-led digital platform to support young leaders and youth workers
- I-Save Know-How Policy Recommendation for creating I-Save networks-for NGOs working with young refugees
The project will develop an innovative, youth-led educational and empowerment programme to enhance young refugees’ knowledge of their human rights. The project aims to make human rights relevant to daily life. We will develop ways of enabling young refugees to safeguard their well-being, and to become self-resilient and independent adults. The resources will improve and extend the supply of high-quality, non-formal learning opportunities tailored to the needs of young refugees. Focusing on human rights, we will provide the participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for personal fulfilment and social inclusion.
The Objectives of the Project:
- Youth-led co-creation between young refugees and migrants and professionals working in youth fields. Thse professionals will be from a variety of backgrounds (volunteering, advocacy, creative arts, human rights). This process will help develop innovative approaches to the challenges of young refugees
- Empower young refugees to protect themselves by knowing about their human rights
- Develop capacities and skills of individual refugees to conduct self-advocacy in relation to the policies and practices that concern them
- Design the resources for use not by young people, service providers, NGOs and organisations working in the youth field
- Develop young, migrant-led advocacy, an online platform for networking, peer to peer learning, and training resources for youth workers and volunteers working with young refugees