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The FATIMA project is an EU partnership project (between 5 NGOs) with the aim of empowering migrant women, aged between 15 and 50, living in the UK, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain through a personalised and holistic approach.

Wonder co-designed this ground-breaking project with migrant women with the aim of supporting the economic, social, cultural and political integration of 210 women of Third-Country Nationals. Each woman will receive one-to-one support through language classes, mentoring, personalised development programmes, civic engagement and cultural activities.

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Why FATIMA?

The FATIMA project supports the EU policy on integration whilst developing models of good practice across EU, learning from each other and disseminating the results amongst national governments, EU institution and networks and transnational organisations. The FATIMA project will support the achievement of the following EU policies:

  • The European Handbook for Integration (3rd ed) states “..basic knowledge of the host society’s language, history and institutions is indispensable to integration; enabling immigrants to acquire this …is essential”. The FATIMA project will use language and civic learning as a central tool for integration, combined with mentoring and volunteering for women across four EU countries.
  • The European Social Fund, and the Situation of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the EU (2015/2325(INI)) highlight the need for greater efforts to involve women in the labour markets through language classes, literacy programmes and lifelong learning. However, these identify migrant women solely as workers. The FATIMA project builds upon existing measures to economically integrate migrant women, whilst also recognising their role not only as economic actors, but also as social actors who are critical in supporting the integration of their children, families and wider communities.
  • The Europe 2020 strategy agenda for growth and jobs for the current decade. Current social policy will affect migrant women and their children for years to come. Migrant children, who are identified as a key target group within EU policy, are twice as likely to leave school early than EU born students. However, given proper resources and support, as the FATIMA project aims to do, migrant women can promote their children’s educational attainment and employment.

How does the project work?

FATIMA works by implementing a five-step process in order to reduce isolation and barriers amongst migrant women in the four countries in which it is being delivered:

  1. Engagement – Each co-applicant will prepare publicity material to engage target participant in the programme. The Personal Development Plan will be produced to access the baseline needs of the beneficiaries.
  2. Language classes – The women will be assigned to the appropriate level of language class following the assessment by the tutor. The language programme will have embedded themes of integration and living in the host country. Certificate will be issued to those beneficiaries who complete the programme and achieve level A2 proficiency.
  3. Civic Knowledge  – The women will discover the local community and attend various activities and workshops, including visiting the doctor, trips to key cultural venues, seminars on the education system etc.
  4. Mentoring – Each co-applicant will select volunteer mentors to match each beneficiary. The role of the mentor will focus on supporting the well-being of the women and helping them to fulfil their potential through unearthing their aspirations and goals and encouraging them to work towards these. The mentors will have a minimum commitment of 6 months in order to give the programme and relationship a sense of continuity. 
  5. Employability support –The volunteer/work session will be arranged for the last two months of year 1 and year 2. At least 60 volunteering or work experience will be completed by beneficiaries, providing them with an opportunity to secure permanent work in the future.
  6. Dissemination of learning to policy makers –The project will get known amongst EU, national and Local level policy makers in order to influence policies on the integration of migrants into the EU

 

The project is being managed by our new Project Manager, Paola Delmonaco, and we will be posting regular updates on our website and social media. Alternatively, you can stay up to date, by subscribing to our monthly newsletters below or getting in touch via email paola@wonderfoundation.org.uk 

 

The FATIMA project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

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