Building Bridges Toolkit

The Toolkit was designed to collect and share the know-how on voluntary projects involving people seeking or who have recently found refuge, as well as raising awareness on forced migration in general. The collection of guidelines, methods and case studies is non-exhaustive and should simply foster your own inspiration and support you in implementing projects on the topic. The creation of the Toolkit has been driven by the ever bigger need of the international SCI network to exchange best practices on projects in the field. It was coordinated by SCI Switzerland with the support of Útilapu Hungary. Its existence wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the active contribution of the Building Bridges working group and a number of SCI branches.

METHODS AND TOOLS serve to support your work on the topic of refugees and migration with different target groups.


Workshop outline for SCI activities

Time needed: 2h+

Objectives / aim: Support SCI volunteers and similar target groups to work on migration and asylum

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Resources needed: materials and printouts for the workshop activities

Number of participants: 3 to 30 participants

Contact / Source: Lorena Rodriguez Xhagjika

Additional information: Variation depending how deep you want to go with the topic

    The workshop aims to help the volunteers to understand better the following issues:

    1. a) the movements of populations
    2. b) the reasons for flight and forced migration
    3. c) the circumstances of arriving in a new and unknown country and
    4. d) the asylum seekers proceedings and to know the impact of the administration and bureaucracy on the migrant’s life

    It is based on

    1. Theoretical information regarding the above mentioned points
    2. An interactive game to put ourselves in the position of a migrant or refugee
    3. Discussion between the participants about the current situation of the refugee movements in Europe and legal framework as an obstacle and restriction of Human Rights




      You can share your experience, observations, tips and tricks, pictures etc. by uploading for instance a method or a case study to the Building Bridges Toolkit. As this Toolkit is a work in progress to which all involved parties are invited to contribute, we would also be very grateful for your support and contribution in order to inspire others to continue the work towards peace and intercultural understanding.