The objective of this project is to inform decision-makers, policies, and Belgian citizens on the connection between migration and development. We will aim to sharpen existing opinions and to more actively involve the different sides of society: including the public, decision-makers, and other actors in the development field. Tom Devriendt, coordinator of the Advocacy team at Caritas International, explains, “Correct information and both citizen and political involvement are crucial if we want to put our society on the path to sustainable development.”
MIND : Migration, Interconnectedness, and Development
This three-year project has received a wonderful name: MIND, an acronym for “Migration, Interconnectedness, and Development.” Behind this name, the first goal is to gather telling accounts of the connections between development models and migration. Next, MIND strives to show how migration and migrants can contribute to human and economic development. Lastly, the project analyzes what existing political frameworks teach us and their influence on reality and our perception of reality. Tom Devriendt, surrounded by his team, wonders, “Is there a difference between this reality and its perception? Are there misconceptions concerning these topics? If yes, can we clarify them? Also, what is the role of the EU and its member states? Do they make informed decisions?”
“We think that the decisions can be made in better way. Caritas wants to adjust the policies and politics concerning this subject and make them more coherent by showing the results of European migration policy on development and vice-versa.” Importantly, the following question is currently unresolved. What are the real effects of development on migration patterns? Do we know them?
Work in a Network
This project will not be easy. The opinions on these themes differ. The discussions are often passionate because they affect the daily lives and the futures of our fellow human beings: mothers, fathers, children, brothers and sisters. It is impossible to remain indifferent.
12 European Caritas organizations* have embraced these questions for three years. We will regularly share news, analysis, and many stories from the Caritas network – a network filled with energy. A network characterized by both big and small stories. We cannot wait to share them with you. See you soon!
The MIND project received financial support from the program of the European Union for Awareness and Development Education (DEAR). For more information, please click here.