VIC – How to validate the competence of “integration”?
After the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees over the last two years, Europe is now facing the task of integrating these refugee immigrants with a legal title to stay. A number of different educational offers aim to facilitate the integration of immigrants into the labor market and into society in general, but there is no common, precise and operational definition of this “integration skill”. The effectiveness of integration programs is also not measured and their impact on individual integration skills has not been assessed yet. So what does “integration” mean and how can we define it for validation?
This question was in focus of the second VIC (Validating Integration Competences of Refugees) project meeting, April 10/11 in Vienna, which was hosted by die Berater®. Finally the VIC project team agreed on the UNESCO statement from 1984: “Learning to live together in a diverse society”, which will now be the motto for developing the VIC set of competences. In the next months, appropriate tools for the validation process will be developed and tested in the context of educational courses for refugees.