MigraCode is a European cooperation by various Non-Profit Organisations that promotes labour integration and social inclusion of youth refugees and migrants. By first supporting them with the development of advanced programming skills, the project then connects these groups to the labour market and therewith supports their long-term integration. The first pilot programme of “Coding Schools” has started this spring in Barcelona at OCC, and the aim is to expand these schools in other European Countries.
- The website of the European Project can be found here.
- The website of the coding school in Barcelona can be found here.
The project’s framework is build through transnational cooperation by the Open Cultural Center (OCC) from Spain and Greece, Social Hackers Academy from Greece (SHA), The Italian Association for Computer Science and Automatic Computation (AICA) from Italy and IFOA, also from Italy. The funding of the project is mainly provided by the European Union.
While focussing on the establishment of the first Coding School and more to follow, MigraCode also puts high priority on the transfer of know how between the participating NGO’s. Via shared training activities and international meetings, the various partners meet regularly via video calls and occasionally via events hosted by one of the NGO’s.
Foster labour and social inclusion through the development of programming skills
Collaborate with companies to connect youth refugees and migrants to job opportunities
Rollout of a “Coding School” in Barcelona followed by other cities in Europe
Build a European Network for transnational knowledge exchange and collaboration
MigraCode is a much-promising tool to create a new and comprehensive network for knowledge exchange, while also supporting youth refugees and migrants with their integration process by supporting them with developing their programming skills. As a result, MigraCode contributes to achieving the EU-goals found in the ‘New Skills Agenda for Europe’, since the project supports the “upskilling of low-skilled and low-qualified persons”. When youth refugees and migrants in Europe develop sufficient skills via our project, they will be, as the EU stated, “equipped for good-quality jobs and can fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens”.