Building a world without walls

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Humanity has always moved all around the world since its early ages. People travel for several reasons, such as study, work, holidays. But they are often also forced to move to flee persecutions, wars, economic crisis and natural disasters. Most of them travel to escape violence, but also to improve the living conditions and fulfill the personal life plan, and SCI recognizes this right to everybody who dreams about a different life path.

  • Refugee or asylum seeker:everyone has the right to seek protection outside their country of origin or habitual residence and enjoy it in case of fleeing from a conflict that puts their lives in danger and having well-founded fears of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or belonging to a certain social group.” (Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
  • Migrant person: “Everyone has the right to move freely and to choose his residence in the territory of a State. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country”. (Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

According to that, SCI promotes freedom of movement and right to citizenship at the global level, regardless of  the reasons bringing people to leave their birthplace or the means they use to travel.

For almost 100 years, the international network of SCI promotes a culture of peace by organizing international volunteering projects aimed at creating paths of social inclusion and social justice, in a constant effort to overcome cultural barriers and divisions among people and, above all, to work on the socio-political dynamics that determine them. Through our workcamps, we reject all violent narratives, including racism, xenophobia, intolerance and the distinction between legal or illegal migrants.

Our organizations are working to bring people together, and to let them share both an experience and their life stories. The first condition to make this a reality is the possibility to move.

In this way, we support activities and projects that believe in the transformative power of exchange between people from different backgrounds. We believe this will also create more open and tolerant societies, and ultimately a more peaceful world.

Experiences such as the "Human library", where participants exchanged different realities of people on the move.

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In the same way, the project “From Small Steps to Big Changes” tackled with non-formal education methodology the growing discriminatory attitudes and practices in the contemporary EU with the rise of xenophobia and fears against refugees, migrants and generally ‘others’.

Other concrete example is Building Bridges, a campaign and an informal working group within SCI International’s network, which is encouraging successful projects in the field of forced migration. The aim of the working group is to coordinate SCI’s efforts to raise awareness on the topic and to promote peace, understanding and integration between locals, refugees, and asylum seekers.

We want to inspire you with our case studies of successful projects on the topic with this toolkit.

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As a movement we support the free movement of all people.

 

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