Migrantour Sustainable Routes

Migration has been shaping European cities for millennia. Unfortunately a negative perception of diversity is more common than the recognition of the cultural richness and innovation migration brings, causing fear and intolerance that can result in social exclusion, racism and conflicts. Despite migrants and refugees being more at risk of poverty and social exclusion compared to host-country nationals , more than before a social consequence of Covid 19 emergency is the risk of exacerbating social conflicts at local and national level in host communities not prepared to receive them. The closure of borders , the strengthening of ultranationalist and xenophobic policies  put in evidence a situation which is radically deteriorating and posing new challenges for social cohesion.The response to this situation must come from the bottom up and engage both long-time residents and more recent arrivals in dialogue that simultaneously empowers and enlightens participants while also expanding notions of cultural heritage at local, national, and European levels. Migrantours seeks to provide such a response targeting the migrant/refugee needs for training, for recognizing their expertise, and for developing their sense of belonging through civic participation in the field of cultural tourism.

It aims to enhance migrants’ belonging and civic involvement through engaging with cultural heritage. To achieve this objective the project will:

  • Create new Migrantour itineraries enriched of audio-video contents in all partner cities, and guides in senior cities (Brussels, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Milan) will train guides in new cities (Barcelona, Copenhagen, Utrecht)
  • Create online toolkit (available in all partner languages) for training Migrantour guides incorporating good practices from across the Migrantour network
  • Create digital archive of interactive story maps of Migrantour routes across Europe to preserve the cultural heritage of the Migrantour walks (IO3)