Queer Migrants (QM) is a two-year Erasmus+ funded project done in partnership with four European partners. The ultimate goal of the project is to promote equal support from Adult Education for all beneficiaries, regardless of sexual identity, nationality or age, not only in each partner company but in the rest of the EU as well.
Previous research undertaken in the UK by the Office for National Statistics has found that sexual orientation formed part of the basis for an asylum claim in 3% of applications in 2019. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand how sexual orientation and gender identity affects migrants in both their home and receiving countries.
Objectives of the project:
The main aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of professionals in answering the needs of LGBTQI+ migrants. Many professionals are not given sufficient support and training to correctly deal with certain issues faced by this community. In order to do this we will:
- Identify the issues that affect LQBTQI+ migrants. This will be done through highlighting the challenges and dilemmas LGBTQI+ migrants face in relation to the immigration processes and within society. The combination of identities (migrant and LGBTQI+) has meant that individuals may face more complex challenges in their everyday lives. Many seek help and support from third sector organisations.
- Develop a sustainable training programme that will aid professionals working with LGBTQI+ migrants by equipping them with the knowledge and understanding needed to provide sufficient support.
- Spread awareness of charities, organisations and relevant resources currently available in the UK to LGBTQI+ migrants.
By developing an online training programme for educators and professionals in the employment, education and social sectors, we can better handle the needs of migrants coming from the LGBTQI+ community. The Queer Migrant project hopes to make the LGBTQI+ community feel more included and heard with regards to the issues they may face.
IARS are partners with:
- EURO-NET (Italy)
- SYMPLEXIS (Greece)
- CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION LTD (Cyprus)
ASIKI MH KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIEIA HEPINH HAND (Greece)
Visit the Official Website: https://queermigrants.netsons.org/
GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER – 2020-1-UK01-KA204-079101