Migrant welcoming issues


• To define problems of welcoming migrants and to find positive solutions on the issue through reflective and transformational learning

• To foster mutual understanding and cooperation between host society members and migrants


Expected Outcomes

During the workshop participants will be able to develop and / or improve problem solving, critical thinking skills using personal resources.

Participants will  be able to foster mutual understanding towards each other


Target group

Adults (over 18 years old)

Nationals, Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum seekers

Number of participants: 10 – 12 people



(1 - very easy, 5 - very difficult)

The degree of expertise needed - 4

The amount of work to prepare and implement the scenario - 3

The relative overall cost predicted - 3



2 h 10 min


Room with tables and chairs. Each participant has to have one seat. Tables can be organized in different order


Material: 30 – 40 printed special pictures (attached in annex), A3 size white sheet of paper for each participant, colourful pencils, markers, soft pastilles, glue, scissors, gouache, brushes of different sizes, cup for water, markers multimedia (computer, internet projector, speakers)



Facilitator has to prepare room with all equipment and recourses required. Photos provided in Annex 1 should be colourful and  laminated in transparent plastic.




As migrants from the Middle East and Africa continue to flood into Europe to escape poverty and war, they are receiving a warmer welcome in some places than others. Some countries welcome migrants well prepared and do not face so many issues as other countries.

In this workshop particularly we are going to learn what migrants’ welcoming issues are and how each of us could contribute to solving this problem.



Stage one:  Video showing (5 min)

Facilitator shows selected video which supposed to strengthen the participants’ feelings about migrants' problems (it can be: Most Shocking Second a Day Video prepared by Save the Children).


Stage two: Selecting of photos (5 min)

After the video, facilitator is going to provide participants with different printed photos (Annex 1). Facilitator can put photos on the floor that all participants could observe them and choose one which is related with migrant welcoming.


Stage three: Conversation in pairs ( 30 min)

After participants select the photo, each participant chooses co-partner on his / her own way. Participants in pairs are asked to make conversation with provided questions in the Annex 2. They answer should be related with selected photo.  Questions should be asked in a sequence from 1 to 13 without any interruption of the interviewee. Afterwards the roles are changed.


Stage four: Individual work  (10 min)

Participants are asked to put selected photo on the sheet of white paper A3 size and visualize the stated issue/problems on migrant welcoming by drawing/ painting and write identified problem during the conversation in pair.


Stage five: Group reflection session (30 min)

- What symbols are in the image? To what/whom do you associate them?

- What meaning do they have for you?


Stage six:  Individual transformation (10 min)

Each participant is asked to transform their picture by removing selected photo on the Stage One. They have to visualize and write the possible solution of migrant welcoming issue (which they stated on the Stage Four) using resources. Participants can add/remove details from previous picture, all changes have to be made in the same picture.




At the end of the workshop, participants create a circle of debriefing.  Facilitator is leading the discussion (30 min).

- What problem of migrant welcoming did you figure out and how did you solve it in the process of the workshop?

- What kind of the resource did you use?

- How do you feel after the workshop? What emotions, thoughts did you have during the process of the workshop?

- What did you find easy/hard in this workshop?

- What did you find interesting working in pairs?

- What have you learnt, if anything, from this workshop?


Support tools

Video: Most Shocking Second a Day Video prepared by Save the Children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQ-IoHfimQ (link to video shown at the beginning of the workshop)



Ideas for action

This workshop could be implemented during the class of Geography, Political Science or Sociology, Social work (both, at school or University). It is a good way to encourage people to discuss and reflect on migrant welcoming issues and develop possible problem solving ways on a personal level.  It can also be implemented in various NGO working with migration issues and multicultural communication, by social workers and other specialists.



Annex 1: Migrant welcoming photos

Annex 2: Pair conversation

Annex 3: Process of the workshop - example


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