MINT

Migrant children and youth are especially vulnerable to social exclusion. Through the MINT project, Terre des hommes and its partners aim at empowering refugee and migrant children as well as European youth to engage in new integration activities. By using an innovative mentoring programme, we will contribute to building more inclusive societies in Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia.

As a result of the project:

  • 120 children will be supported to integrate by trained local peer mentors
  • 1000 children have cultural knowledge and skills to engage in social relations
  • ·240 children and youth are empowered through awareness and advocacy

Around 30% of the migrant population reaching Europe over the past years were children – many of them separated or unaccompanied. In their host countries, migrant children and youth face considerable challenges in terms of education, social inclusion, and subsequent employment. As part of this EU-funded project, we work in Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia to support and facilitate the integration process of children, enhance social relations and empower both local youth and third-country national (TCN) children.

A mentoring programme – engaging in educational and social activities

Together with its partners, Terre des hommes will design an innovative and replicable peer-to-peer mentoring programme based on good practices and tested models. The mentoring programme includes training local youth volunteers and pairing them with newly arrived migrant and refugee children. The peer mentors and mentees will participate in individual and group meetings focused on educational and language support as well as on recreational activities such as board games.

In each country, the volunteers will facilitate the integration of migrant and refugee children in the local host communities by introducing them to other children in the community, and organizing common outdoor sports and socio-cultural activities. Such activities will involve visiting historical museums, watching popular national movies or organizing sport competitions such as football matches. This will help TCN children make new friends and become more familiar with the host community history and habit. At least 120 children will be enrolled in formal or informal education and benefit from the mentoring programme and its diverse activities.

Acquiring linguistic and socio-cultural knowledge

Migrant children’s integration and learning journey will be also accompanied by adapted printed and online content. The child-friendly online resources will help newly arrived children understand the national cultural and social specificities of the four project countries. Further, children will have the opportunity to learn the local languages through offline and online courses offered in a language that children understand such as Arabic or Farsi. Overall, more than one thousand children will acquire the basic knowledge and skills to engage in social relations.

Countering stereotypes about migrants and refugees

As part of the mentoring programme, groups of local youth and TCN children will identify key topics reflecting the integration experience. They will bring these topics into public discussions through videos promoted online and through theatre plays, debates with peers in schools or other local offline events. These child-led awareness raising and advocacy initiatives will address members of local communities and policy makers at local and national level. By countering stereotypes and spreading a positive image of migrant and refugee communities, children will benefit from a more welcoming atmosphere within the host societies.

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This project is co-funded by the European Union, Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)

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During the second mentoring cycle of the EU-funded MINT – Mentoring for integration of third country national children affected by migration, similarly to the first on
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During the second mentoring cycle of the EU-funded MINT – Mentoring for integration of third country national children affected by migration, similarly to the first on
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During the second mentoring cycle of the EU-funded MINT – Mentoring for integration of third country national children affected by migration
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During the second mentoring cycle of the EU-funded MINT – Mentoring for integration of third country national children affected by migration
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Migrant children and youth are especially vulnerable to social exclusion.
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Similarly to other project countries in MINT (Mentoring for integration of third country national children affected by migration), a video has been prepared in the Czech Republic by children who participated in the first cycle of the mentoring programme.
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Children participating in the first cycle of the MINT project (Mentoring for integration of third country national children affected by migration) in Slovenia had created a video in which they talk about what they like the most in Maribor and in Slovenia, what was it like when they came to Sloven
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This video was made within the framework of Mentoring for Integration of third country national children afected by migration”- MINT project (Jan. 2019-Feb. 2021) implemented by Terre des hommes Romania. MINT is co-funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. 
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Around 30% of the migrant population reaching Europe over the past years have been children – many of them separated or unaccompanied. These are children that fled countries because of war or very difficult living conditions for them and their families.
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Recently, children participating in the MINT project (Mentoring for integration of third country national children affected by migration) in Poland had the opportunity to participate in creative workshops combining elements of theatre, visual art
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Romania is considered a country of transit for migrants, but it is a destination for 80.000 foreigners and, as the current situation shows, the efforts to integrate these children are insufficient.
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About 30% of the migrant population reaching Europe over the past years were children – many of them separated or unaccompanied. In their host countries, migrant and refugee children and youth face considerable challenges in terms of education, social inclusion, and subsequent employment.
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Watch this video to learn more about Slovenia, the experience of Teba, Juhaina, Kasem and Heba, kids living for a while in their new country! Play the video below in English or Slovenian.
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Watch this video to learn more about Czech Republic! How Gular, Gulum, Adam and Jára see it as newcomers in their new home!
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Kasia, Kalimat, Amina and Abdul have been living in Poland for quite a while. Their families come from Chechnya and Kenya. Every day the kids "migrate" between the cultures of their origins and the Polish culture.
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Watch the video to hear children in Romania presenting their country to newly-arrived migrant and refugee children.
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Mentoring for Integration (of third-country national children affected by Migration) MINT Project Background information about MINT:
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Migrant children and youth are especially vulnerable to social exclusion.
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Ahmed, a Kurdish boy who came to Romania from Iraq, is 17 years old and he is enlisted in the second grade, in the "Second Chance" program. How did this happen?