Raul Dragan about “Changing Europe- migration: challenge or opportunity?”

In perioada 28 iunie- 7 iulie in Estonia, eu Raul Dragan am reprezentat A.C.T.O.R.  in cadrul unui seminarului international (action 4.3) “Changing Europe- migration: challenge or opportunity?” si a avut ca participanti tineri din opt tari: Estonia, Grecia, Spania, Letonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Italia si Ungaria. Localitatea in care s-a desfasurat seminarul se numeste Ida-Virumaa, se afla in zona de nord-est a Estoniei si doar aproximativ 19% din totalul populatiei este de origine estoniana, restul fiind de origine rusa. De asemenea, locul este cunoscut si pentru rata mare a emigrarii, dar si pentru peisajele naturale frumoase, mari areale de paduri, dar si pentru populatia numeroasa de ursi. Proiectul a avut ca scop dezbaterea pe tema migratiei si a mobilitatii in Europa, precum si consecintele acestora asupra tinerilor si activitatilor acestora. In acord cu obiectivele generale, organizatorii seminarului au provocat participantii spre reflectarea asupra diferitelor dimensiuni ale migratiei si mobilitatii, acumularea de noi informatii, familiarizarea cu terminologia domeniului de interes si pentru sporirea atentiei s-au abordat subiecte legate de noile tendinte in migratie, precum si efectele ei globale. Alte obiective au constat in facilitatrea schimbului de experienta si bune practici dintre participanti, pregatirea noastra pentru a aborda tema migratiei si in acelasi timp raportandu-ne la provocari si oportunitati, dobandirea de noi competente in vederea abordarii eficiente a fenomenului de migratie si astfel evitarii efectelor ei secundare, analizarea politicilor europene cu privire la migratie, cat si a realitatilor locale din tara de origine a fiecarui participant. Pot spune ca sunt mandru pentru activitatea in care am fost implicat in zile petrecute in Estonia, am aflat lucruri noi nu doar despre subiectul seminarului, dar si despre oamenii de acolo, despre cultura lor, despre Estonia la modul general si am avut ocazia sa ajung intr-un loc nu foarte popular in lista tarilor de vizitat pentru romani si poate si pentru alti europeni. Asadar, experienta mea este valoroasa, iar ca output concret imi ramane sa ma gandesc la planul de follow-up.

During the period between 28 June and 7 July I represented A.C.T.O.R. in an international seminar (action 4.3) which took place in Estonia. Named “Changing Europe- migration: challenge or opportunity?”, the project brought together 27 youth leaders and youth workers across Europe (Estonia, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and Hungary. The aims and objectives of the seminar were as follows: debates on migration and mobility in Europe along with analysis on their consequences upon youth and youth work. In agreement with the aims and objectives, the project organizers challenged the participants to reflect upon different dimensions of migration and mobility, provided them with new insights on topic, ensured that the trainees would get familiar with the theme’s terminology and topics as latest trends in migration and its global effects were tackled in order to make the seminar much more interesting. I can say that I am quite proud of the activities in which I was involved during the seminar.  I’ve learned new things not only about the subject of the seminar, but also about the people there, about their culture, about Estonia in general and I was able to get in a place not very popular on the list of Romanians and even other Europeans that plan to go abroad for visit or vacation. So my experience is valuable and in order to get also a practical output out of it I have to focus on the follow-up plans. 

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