July 2016

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Newsletter No2

Τhis newsletter will bring fresh information on the TIME project and remind you of key aspects related to the implementation of the activities. Feedback from our first multiplier events organised in all partner countries, as well as information about all upcoming events and project products are shared.


National events for the presentation of the research results

In our previous newsletter we provided information about the multiplier events that were implemented in Greece and Austria. Here we provide an overview of multiplier events as implemented in the rest of the TIME partner countries.

Participants in these events were representatives of public administration for foreigners, migration institutions, non-governmental organizations, academics, scientists and journalists of national media and websites about migration and mediation.

All multiplier events were implemented for the presentation of the first intellectual outputs of the TIME project, namely: IO1 “Research report on intercultural mediation for immigrants (IMfI) in Europe and IO2 “Description of 10 good practices in IMfI throughout Europe and suggestions for transfer”. In each partner country the Multiplier Event was an opportunity for a vivid discussion on issues related to the local need and problems of intercultural mediation. The highlights of each multiplier event are presented bellow.


in Italy

The multiplier event was held in the Migration, Asylum and Social Integration Center (PI headquarter) the 28th of October 2015.

Main findings and issues related to intercultural mediation in Italy that should be considered for the Italian case and for the future intellectual products development, are presented below:

·       The figure of IM includes 2 professional fields: the IM is a social operator and a professional interpreter

·       The main fields of intervention of IM in Italy are: legal support, education and health assistance

·       During the trainings of IMs there isn’t enough time to increase the knowledge of other languages

·       In Italy, there isn’t a specific training on religious differences, a fundamental sector to know for a better understanding with foreign citizens

·       IMs need specialized knowledge related to the health field

·       A key competence of IMs is to manage conflicts between different ethnic groups

·       Remote interpreting could be an obstacle rather than an opportunity

·       European structural funds should be utilized in order to guarantee a greater stability for IMs that work in Italy

·       Involve  Regions and Municipalities to realize more integration projects

·       Involve medical staff to work mainly with IMs, for the patient’s interest

For accessing additional information and the event photo gallery please click here


in Portugal

An event under the theme: “Mediation and Urban Security: the Challenges of Training” was held in Lisbon Municipal Police facilities the 26th of January 2016, organized by the Municipal Police Department of Lisbon. In this event an extended representation of local and national authorities was achieved.

The main conclusion of the event was that

  • Territoriality,
  • Partnership,
  • Participation and
  • Integration (of actions),

 stress the importance of mediation as a guarantee of human sustainability.


For accessing additional information and the event photo gallery please click here



in Poland

The 23d of October 2015 a national conference was implemented in Kraków, Poland by the Polish partner “The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow”. 

The project outputs gained the interest of the audience and there were many suggestions to promote project outputs in organizations connected to migrants and continue the already existing cooperation with the Office for Foreigners. Journalists also requested to receive actual pieces of information about the TIME project to use it in their materials about migrants.

For accessing additional information and the event photo gallery please click here


in Belgium

In Belgium the multiplier event was held in SPF Santé Publique, Place Horta 40 à 1060 Brussels, the 30th of October 2015 with the participation of representatives of healthcare institutions that cooperate with intercultural mediators. The participants highlighted the following as issues that the TIME project should take into consideration, support or provide resolution pathways:

·         More and more cultural problems keep popping up

·         Social risks are very important but aren’t even a fix subject in curriculums everywhere

·         Intercultural mediators also need leadership and networking abilities. In hospitals they can campaign for interpretation and intercultural mediation.

·         The need for mediation depends on the context and the changing migratory flows.


Transnational Cooperation Activity in Essen


The TIME project travelled to Zollverein, Essen Germany. Why? In order to participate and present its findings and outcomes in the frame of the conference under the title “Education, participation, Integration- Erasmus+ and Refugees” that was organized by the German National Agency Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (NA at BIBB), with more than 290 participants from 23 EU countries.


The TIME project is one of the twelve Erasmus+ projects related to migrant integration, selected as a good practice worth presenting at the market place of the event!

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If you wish to learn more about the event, you can access it directly here http://www.na-bibb.de/service/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungsdokumentationen/dokumentationen_2016/19_20042016_education_participation_integration_erasmus_and_refugees.html


IO3 Guide on the desired IMfI profile and related learning outcomes

What should an IMfI know, understand and be able to do?


A guide presenting in detail the skills, competences and other characteristics that research has proven necessary or desirable for an intercultural mediator is now available!

This guide offers an overview of

·         the IMfI profile,

·         competences acquirable through training

·         desirable learning outcomes – acquirable through training.

Thus the guide provides a benchmark for the design of effective training programs and assessment tools, the detection of possible skill gaps, and continuous training needs of IMfI.


The guide is available for download here!

IO4: IMfI training course – guide on training IMfI


Through what kind of training could a person be prepared for the provision of effective intercultural mediation services?


A comprehensive and structured course catering for current and future needs of European Intercultural Mediators for Immigrants has been developed by the TIME project. The course consists of a set of 7 learning modules that can be combined flexibly in order to complement different initial competence profiles.


The training guide consists of Five parts covering different aspects for the development and provision of a comprehensive training course:

·         Training content

·         Training methodology

·         Training material

·         Practical training

·        Assessment methodology


Upcoming Events & Project Products

A self-study course for IMfI trainers (IO5) as well as recommendations for validation, certification & accreditation of IMfI training (IO6) are going to be available soon. Multiplier Events for the presentation of the TIME products are being planned and implemented throughout summer.

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