Fundación Cibervoluntarios celebrates World Refugee Day: technology for a more inclusive Europe
On the occasion of the celebration of World Refugee Day on 20 June, in Fundación Cibervoluntarios we want to highlight our commitment, track record and experience in promoting the inclusion, integration and empowerment of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union. Despite confinement and border closures, the number of forcibly displaced people in the world exceeded 82 million in 2020, 4% more than in 2019, according to data released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Fundación Cibervoluntarios has nearly a decade of experience developing, coordinating or participating in different programmes to promote the inclusion of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. In 2012 we launched the ICT for Peace program, together with Fundación Cultura de Paz. The aim was to encourage the social use of technology, promote democracy and Human Rights, and fight against inequality and hate speech. Among our ongoing programs on the matter are:
VIPValues+: a European project funded by the Erasmus+ Program to promote peace and inclusion of young people in Europe, especially migrants and refugees. The program provides materials, e-Learning platform and open resources so that participants can acquire the necessary skills and techniques to develop projects focused on cultivating peace and combating social and digital exclusion in the European Union.
NADINE: a three-year project framed in Horizon2020 with the aim of taking advantage of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to promote the integration of migrants and refugees in Europe. Focused on improving employability as a key to the successful integration of migrants in their host societies, NADINE has a platform that uses open data to better understand the challenges faced by migrants and thus contribute to their better integration.
DIGIMI: a program that engages local communities to promote the integration of migrants in Europe through digital storytelling tools and techniques. The ability of migrants to tell their reality through their own eyes and digitally narrated stories, as well as through volunteering activities, is fundamental to foster mutual understanding, knowledge and social cohesion.