A project that tries to spark asylum seekers’ interest in cultural activities by offering workshops on photography, writing, music, and setting up a magazine.
Asylum seekers in Luxembourg have to wait for the decision of the responsible authorities before they can start integrating into the labour market and thereby the Luxembourgian society. Due to this situation, they are often considered to be lethargic and stigmatised by the Luxembourg residents. This stigma makes it difficult for them to integrate into the labour market once their legal statusis changed. To prevent this development the Go4Craft project tries to bring immigrants and residents in touch by mingling Luxembourg’s and foreign culture.
Go4Craft offers assistance in approaching the labour market to asylum seekers and recognized refugees in Luxembourg, who fulfil the conditions to obtain a temporary occupation authorisation. The project makes use of and supports writing, artistic, musical or photographic skills to bring the asylum seekers intouch with the culture of Luxembourg. Participants can also invite friends from all over the world to take part in the writing activities and thus remain in contact with them through the website.
The main work of the project consists of several thematic workshops for the training of musical, photographic, artistic and writing skills. After the workshop the participants express themselves and their perception of the life in Luxembourg. The results are presented a short time after the end of the workshops.
Since the start of the project several workshops have been held teaching writing, artistic, musical and photographic skills and presenting results of the participants. As the project only started a few months ago results are still pending and difficult to analyse but a growing understanding of different cultures is expected.
Participating asylum seekers in the City of Luxembourg
Co-financed by the European Fund for Refugees
A.S.T.I. – Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés
(Association for the support of immigrant workers)
Pauline TROLLÉ, tel. +352 43 83 33 31
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