Humanity has always moved all around the world since its early ages. People travel for several reasons, such as study, work, holidays. But they are often also forced to move to flee persecutions, wars, economic crisis and natural disasters. Most of them travel to escape the violence, but also to improve the living conditions and fulfil personal life plans. International Voluntary Service (IVS) organisations recognizes this right of freedom of movement to everybody who dream about a different life path.
SCI believes that each human being has to be the core of governmental policies before any economic or political evaluation. IVS organisations promote freedom of movement and the right to citizenship at global level. Too many current approaches, on a communication or legislative level, divide migrant people between legal and illegal, according to the reasons bringing them to leave their birthplace, referring to the means they use to travel or to treatment they get at their arrival in the hosting country.’
SCI had been working on multicultural understanding through organising international voluntary projects for almost 100 years. We dedicated to promoting a culture of peace with a vision where all people live together with mutual respect and without recourse to any form of violence to solve conflict. With this vision, SCI has been working with refugees and asylum seekers through our programme called Building Bridges, where we use SCI’s long experience as a movement to create a tool-kit on methods and tools that were then used by organisations to work with refugees/asylum seekers on all levels. SCI is currently reviewing and renewing this toolkit for free use by any organisation that is interested to initiate such work or to try new methods. We encourage all organisations, regardless of industry, to work with local organisations to create projects and opportunities for inclusion and thereby also enriching their own work.
SCI will work with both migrants and refugees in any future work to make sure their voices are being heard and to make sure they are receiving necessary access to discussions they should be involved in. As SCI celebrates 100 years of work, we will work towards creating and strengthening our network with these values in the forefront of our minds.