The main aim of MY-Way is to contribute to creating a more inclusive society through education. Based on a qualitative approach that uses narrative methodologies and participatory research techniques, this study expects to make a relevant contribution to the urgent task of understanding structural and emerging forms of inequity and segregation that impact on migrants’ education.
Three general objectives guide this research:
- Contribute to identify, analyze and ameliorate structural and emerging forms of educational inequity deepened by urban segregation.
- Critically analyse how crisis contexts – such as the one caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – interact with the policies of fear and criminalization of immigration, and how this is experienced in different formal and non-formal educational spaces.
- Furnish instruments and methods to involve and empower migrant youth and their educational communities in processes of co-creation of innovative joint solutions to fight educational inequities and urban segregation.
The study focuses particularly on education as one of the most important and powerful resources promoting the participation and inclusion of migrant youth into host societies. Based on the extensive existing research that intersects education and migration, we take as a starting point three interrelated hypotheses:
- That the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened educational inequities and educational segregation, especially where it adds to urban segregation.
- That, in the context of fear and social tension caused by the pandemic, anti-immigration narratives have been transformed and spread, increasing the stigmatization and disaffection towards migrants, particularly young migrants.
- That the effects of this global crisis in the way we interact and move in urban environments is intensifying territorial inequities and segregation between people and communities of different socioeconomic and cultural profiles. This puts young migrants – and particularly migrant women – at greater risk of social exclusion, isolation and loss of cultural and social capital.
MY-Way makes a relevant contribution to thematic priority 2 of the State Plan for Scientific, Technical and Innovation Research 2021-2023: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society. Specifically, two important dimensions of this priority are addressed. Firstly, the identification and analysis of educational and urban inequities that affect vulnerable groups, both aspects directly related to social cohesion, territorial models and coexistence. Secondly, the generation of co-creative processes of social and territorial innovation, through proposing research-based alternatives, strategies and recommendations that will be built from a participatory perspective counting on the visions, sensitivities and knowledge of the young migrants themselves.