2GEM – Second Generation of European Migrants


Project title: Second Generation of European Migrants

Project acronym: 2GEM

Reference number: 2020-1-FI01-KA204-066469

Project duration: 24 months (01/11/2020 – 31/10/2022)

Project website: www.2gem.eu

Programme: Key Action 2 Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices in the field of adult education within Erasmus + programme

Project summary:

Immigration has dramatically increased in recent decades in the EU. According to Eurostat, 2,4 million people from non-member countries immigrated to the EU in 2017, while the number of migrants within the EU is estimated at 1,3 million. Within the migrant communities, the migrants of 1.5 and second generation migrants occupy specific position.

Target groups:

The project is aimed at addressing the needs of the following target groups:

  • 5 and second generation migrants;
  • professional trainers, social workers, teachers and volunteers working with migrants;
  • institutions and associations working with migrant integration, job counsellors, policy makers and authorities responsible for social integration.

The term 1.5 generation refers to “people who immigrate to the new country before or during their early teens”. The members of this generation represent a very specific group, as they bring with them characteristics from their homeland, but continue their assimilation in the new country. On the other hand, a member of the second generation is “a person who was born […] in a country that at least one of their parents previously entered as a migrant”. Unlike their parents, the second-generation migrants are usually already fully integrated into the majority society. As these individuals have an inimitable set of competencies arising from their migrant background, they may work as bridge builders with majority society, a task which cannot be done satisfactorily by the first-generation immigrants due to their linguistic and cultural barriers.

Aims & Objectives

The main goal of the 2GEM project is to equip the 1.5 and second-generation migrants with skills, competences, and knowledge necessary to act as intercultural workers within their communities by building on their unique cultural assets. As such, they will be able to serve as a link between the migrant community and local people, thereby contributing to better integration of the newcomers, and the first-generation migrants. The opportunity to educate this target group for intercultural work aptly responds to increasing demand for qualified intercultural workers who would help migrant communities in their local context.

Intellectual outputs & Results

 To fulfil this aim, within the project lifetime the following intellectual outputs will be developed:

  • Repository of Resources on 1.5 and 2nd Generation of Migrants
  • Comparative Map of Approaches to the Intercultural Work
  • Guide for Educators
  • Training Program for Intercultural Workers with Migrant Background
  • 2GEM MOOC “How to valorize and use 1.5 and second generation unique culture

Note: all of the aforementioned outputs will be available in: EN || FI || CZ|| PL|| IT|| BG ||

Project consortium:

The consortium that will develop the 2GEM intellectual products consists of 6 partners from 6 EU countries with complementary background and experience, as follows:

  • Aar Social Development Association (ASDA) ry, Finland, Website: asdary.com
  • Spolek PELICAN, Czech Republic, Website: skolapelican.com
  • The Mosaic Art Sound, UK, Website: mosaicartsound.com
  • Foundation for the Development of International and Educational Activity – FRAME, Poland, Website: euframe.eu
  • Promozione Internazionale Sicilia-Mondo – PRISM., Italy, Website: prismonline.eu
  • European Center for Quality Ltd., Bulgaria, Website: ecq-bg.com