MIND - Migration. INterconnectedness. Development.

Text: "What is home?"

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.

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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).

What is home?

We asked people all around Europe: What is home?

Worldwide, 70 million people live without a safe place to call home. Every human deserves to feel at home.

The #whatishome campaign

In the framework of this project we launched 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.

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.

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.

Keep in MIND - The Blog on migration and development

We are constantly in discussions with experts with years of expertise in the fields of migration and development. On our "Keep in MIND" blog, we introduce the experts and have them paired with facts and more detailed explanations to speak. Some of the interviews can also be found in English. Read more on our Keep in MIND-blog

The "Common Home" study

Migration has always been part of Austrian history. The Austrian diaspora comprises several million people. Around 15% of the resident population in Austria have a foreign nationality, the majority are Europeans.

In the Common Home study, which was written as part of the MIND project, the diverse contributions of migrants to social development in their new and old homeland are examined. "Common Home" is a series of eleven national reports and one European report, created by the European Caritas network. In the Austrian version, the backgrounds were researched extensively on 75 pages. To the Common Home study


Funding and Partners

The Mind project is co-funded by the European Union and the Austrian Development Cooperation.

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