Introduction to the Inclusion Through Mediation Project
The Inclusion Through Mediation Project aims to empower learners, activists and migrants to become peer-to-peer mediators in their communities and their wider area, Mediation is known as an alternative conflict resolution tool, our aim is to empower community members to engage in peer to peer mediation which has been shown to lower society tensions.
The Europe 2020 goals for a more inclusive Europe with higher social integration and community cohesion are more important than ever in light of increasing societal tension, linked to the economic crisis, immigration & refugee crisis and increasing multi-ethnicity communities etc. In June 2018 the UNHCR stated that there were 70 million people who has been forcibly displaced as a result of conflicts, violence and human rights violations. In recent years, Turkey and Spain have been well known to have taken in vast number of refugees.
Mediation is a tool which is underutilised by many countries, communities and wider education and support groups, the main reason being a lack of understanding and education surrounding this topic. In line with the mass influx of refugees, our every-changing political and cultural landscape we are always going to experience tensions and conflict, it is how these conflicts are met which will shape the future of our society. Communities in strife, and minority ethnic, refugee groups are all facing similar barriers and we have a solution which can help to break down these barriers.