Moveurope! is our main programme at migration_miteinander e.V. 

 We are the first and only grassroots youth-lead initiative in Europe that connects young migrants with organisations and companies across european borders. 

In the context of moveruope! we use existing tools shaped by the current visa procedures to present regular intra-european migration pathways for educational and vocational purposes as an alternative to irregular secondary movements.

By tools we are referring to existing mobility programmes available for refugees to legally move within the European Union, such as: 

  • short-term mobility programmes lasting less than 90 days (i.e. 3 months) and, therefore, do not require a visa: youth exchanges, internship, short-term volunteering.
  • long-term mobility programmes lasting more than 3 months which require a visa for educational or training purposes: long-term European or national voluntary services, apprenticeship, internship.



We believe that our moveurope! programme is a direct and resourceful solution to the ongoing and increasing number of refugees arriving into the EU through the southern border, such as Italy, Greece and Spain. Currently these countries do not have sufficient asylum systems and don’t offer enough long-term perspectives to refugees and migrants. Job opportunities or educational offers are limited. As a result many refugees are increasingly excluded, pushing individuals into unsafe and/or undignified working employment relationships or even poverty with no possibility to build up an autonomous life with a secure future. 

However, at the same time other European countries, such as Germany, are in need for skilled workers and have a large number of jobs currently available within its Labour Market. Migration laws such as the German skilled Immigration Act can only be claimed for certain people and only helps marginally regarding this problem. 

Within our moveurope! programme we address these two situations. Our moveurope! framework promotes social participation, mobility programmes and equal opportunities for all young people in Europe. More specifically, we support refugees, people who can often find themselves in a situation of unemployment or labour exploitation, into work or education so that their skills can be efficiently practised. We connect refugees with companies or organisations which offer internships, voluntary services and apprenticeship opportunities. An internship or voluntary service can offer orientation, skills can be further developed and the organisation benefits from the mutual enrichment of a diverse team. 

In this, we accompany both parties in all l steps before and during the mobility programme as well as in the application for permanent migration.


What 

In Germany, there are many opportunities to volunteer. 

You can do a voluntary service or civic service in the social, ecological or cultural field.

• Usually full-time employment with entitlement to regular vacation • Offers various training seminars for the volunteers • Social insurance is provided by the employer • Pocket money of up to 414 € is provided • Accommodation can be provided, but it is not guaranteed

There are different national types of voluntary service and also the European voluntary service (ESC programme).

Who

Depending on the program there are age limits (16-27 years) but there are also programs open to people up to 99 years.

 

Duration 

Normally, a voluntary service lasts between 6-12 months; 

usually 6-12 months (officially possible time frame: 6–24 months)

Advantages/disadvantages 

During your voluntary service, you normally get pocket money, accommodation and board from the organization you are volunteering for, you receive access to language courses, training and seminars and will meet other young people that volunteer in Germany.