Twelve organisations, one common vision

MIND (Migration. Interconnectedness. Development.) is a 3-year project (October 2017-September 2020), financed by the European Commission (DG DEVCO). It is led by Caritas Austria with Caritas Europa in the co-lead with 10 further Caritas organisations as partners: Caritas Bavaria (Germany), Caritas Bulgaria, Caritas Czech Republic, Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands), Caritas International Belgium, Caritas Italy, Caritas Portugal, Caritas Slovakia, Caritas Slovenia, and Caritas Sweden.

The project revolves around three pillars:

  1. Drivers of forced migration
  2. Welcoming societies
  3. Migrants as development actors

We seek to raise public awareness of the relation between sustainable development and migration and the EU’s role in development cooperation.
Overall, our objective is, on the one hand, to foster welcoming and inclusive narratives about migration in Europe and, on the other hand, to ensure that EU and Member States’ development aid is used exclusively for the purpose of poverty alleviation and eradication to improve people’s lives.

Raising awareness: The main goal of the project

Our project will contribute to positive views and the active involvement of European society on development issues and concerns. We will increase the space for encounter between people to better understand the complex connections between migration, sustainable development and the responses to them with humanity, dignity and respect.

The anticipated outcomes from our engagement on advocacy and campaigning over the three year period will result in:

  1. Improved public understanding of the relationship between universal sustainable development and migration, its role both in the EU and developing countries and the EU’s contribution in development cooperation (in and across 11 EU Member States).
  2. State authorities, CSOs, individuals and other (potential) development actors being increasingly more engaged in addressing drivers of migration and in investing in migrants and refugees as actors of development (in and across 11 EU Member States).

The #whatishome campaign

In the framework of this project we launched on World Refugee Day (June 20, 2018) a Europe-wide summer campaign called #whatishome, which asks people to reflect on the meaning of home. The campaign has peak periods each year in summer.

In relation to the public, it aims to: 1) raise public awareness of the motivations that compel people to migrate, 2) of how the lack of sustainable development creates unworthy living conditions and 3) to create a more welcoming environment for migrants and refugees in Europe.

In relation to policy, the campaign aims to encourage EU Institutions, Member States and third countries to address drivers of forced migration and to invest in migrants and refugees as actors of development. We need to advance the Sustainable Development Goals agenda so that everyone can live in dignity and call a place home.

Caritas Europa in MIND

Caritas Europa is taking the lead in steering advocacy actions at European-level, overseeing the drafting of the Common Home publication, organising roundtable meetings and multi-stakeholder alliances with businesses, universities/academics, civil society organisations, migrant and refugee as well as diaspora communities organisations, as well as with media/journalists.

Our partners: The youth at the heart of activities

Project partners will deliver national advocacy and campaigning actions involving a range of stakeholders including national and local decision makers, private sector, civil society, academia and grass roots organisations working with refugees, migrants and diaspora groups.

With a strong focus on youth and in cooperation with Young Caritas partners will also organise creative contest, mobile exhibitions, solidarity walks, buddy groups, summer schools, and awareness raising workshops.

Caritas Europa contributes to Caritas Internationalis’ campaign #ShareJourney

The MIND project has received the financial assistance of the European Union Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) Programme. For further information please click here.