Pros and Cons

Mutual cooperation among migrants and civil society


The specific and general objectives of the session are the following:

- to be aware of different point of view in integration of migrants and refugees

- to reflect about the sense of cooperation among migrants and civil society

- to introduce a reflections about the status of refugees and asylum seekers


Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes on the target groups are the following:

- to understand different point of views

- to reflect about the fact that each individual is involved in mutual cooperation

- to consider how painful an expulsion of migrants could be


Target group

All groups/Society

Adolescents, Adults

The number of participants: 6-15 people



(1 - very easy, 5 - very difficult)

The degree of expertise needed - 2

The amount of work to prepare and implement the scenario - 2

The relative overall cost predicted - 2






Room with capacity for 15 people, seating arrangement, tables.


Cards about the 3 roles to be played by participants (Annex 1)



The facilitator should prepare copy of 3 cards about the 3 roles to be played by participants, according to the example in Annex 1.




The facilitator explain the aim of the workshop and the activity, which is a role play to be performed by using 3 cards showing:

1.The migrants

2.The neighbours

3. The policemen

Cards indicated some features and arguments of the characters. Nevertheless the active participation of the target group is required in order to perform the role play.



Stage 1: Creation of the role play (10 min)

The facilitator divides the participants in 3 groups.

Each group is asked to choose one card without seeing it and to think how to perform the characters described in the card.


Stage 2: Development of the role play (20 min)

The role play starts: policemen go to migrants and tell them they have been expulsed from the hosting country because of a judge decision. Migrants try to find arguments to oppose (for example, they have a job) and neighbors intervene as defenders (for example saying they are good neighbors, they are perfectly integrated etc.).

The end of the story depends on participants' decision.

The facilitator can intervene to help if needed and suggest some ideas

useful to develop the role play:

1) And if they were refugees? Which is the situation in their native country?

2) And if they were climate refugees? Could they be back in their native country?

3) Among the neighbours there is a lawyer that offer aid to the migrants?

4) Among migrants there is a pregnant woman ready to childbirth?

5) Is the judge decision permanent?

The facilitator should also react in case of hate speech used by participants.


Stage 3: Change your role (15 min)

After the end of the first round of the role play, the facilitator invites participants to play a second round. One more time participants are asked to choose the cards without seeing them, and if a group find out the same card as in the first round, they will try again. The aim is that each group will be involved in a different role and they’ll try to invent another development of the story, by performing the characters.



The facilitator asks participants the following questions : (15 min)

1) Did you feel comfortable with your role? Why? Why not?

2) Would you have chosen another character? Why? Why not?

3) After this activity are you interested in deepening the knowledge about the status of migrants/refugees/asylum seekers?



Support tools

Presence lists, evaluation forms (if required)


The Erasmus + project “Educating on climate forests” in which EURO association is a partner. Website:


Ideas for action

The role paly will be enriched by performing other characters (other neighbours with other point of view, the judge, the lawyer etc.)

It will be possible also explaining the different status among migrants/refugees/asylum seekers.



Annex 1: Pros and Cons cards


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