Third-country nationals, including children and youth, continue to fare worse than EU citizens in terms of employment, education, and social inclusion outcomes. Migrant children and youth are especially vulnerable to social exclusion. Through the piloting of an innovative and replicable model, the MINT project aims to contribute to the successful integration of third country national (TCN) children residing in the EU, by enabling them to fulfil their full potential and lead secure, active and productive lives in the host societies, and enabling a better understanding of the intercultural benefits that interaction between newly arrived migrants and host societies bring.
The project embeds a rights-based approach and promotes child participation, with specific attention to gender-based and other forms of discrimination and with the proactive involvement of the most marginalized children.
The main instrument used throughout this project is the Mentoring guidance designed with partners and young people which foresees the implication of both children and young people coming from third countries but also children from host communities which engage and co-design individual integration projects at local and regional levels.
The project (January 2019 – December 2020) was implemented in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and was funded by EU funds (AMIF).