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Integration und Mobilität - Italiener in Deutschland, Deutsche in Italien: Bedingungen, Erwartungen, Herausforderungen heute und gestern
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The crises Europe has been facing within previous years have had and still have their impacts on young Europeans and do play an important role in the lives of our students who are going to finish their school education very soon. This has given us reason to reflect the current conditions in both countries putting the emphasis on employment and tourism. The public discussion about a “Fuga dei cervelli” from Italy to Germany (Corriere della Sera, 29th July, 2012 and “Frankfurter Allgemein2, 17th June, 2013) has been the input to our reflections. We are going to take the following aspects into consideration: 1. Which are the main reasons for the “European emigration”? 2. In which way does the German job market differ from the Italian one? 3. Which factors can help with the integration of foreign newcomers on the job market? 4. Which positions do Italian university graduates hold in Germany? On the other hand, we are interested in questions why Germans are attracted by Italy? Are there only aspects like tourism, culture, art and the Italian cuisine? Or are there also reasons that derive from the Italian economy or its job market? With regards to these questions we’ll establish contact with German employees in Italy, with the “Regione Lombardia”, the province of Milan and with various travel agencies and tourist offices. According to their geographical locations, their socio-economic environments and their political situation there are different initial positions for the two schools involved. “Istituto G. Torno” is located in the wealthy North of Italy, near to Milan. .In spite of the wealth, our students and their families are increasingly afraid of the future because most of them are experiencing financial difficulties. The German school is situated in an area (Braunschweig, Lower Saxony) which is strongly influenced by the VW plant in Wolfsburg where many Italians found jobs in the past and where the number of Italian employees is still high. Our main object is to get into contact with this leading German car producer hopefully supported by the “Italienisches Kulturinstitut Wolfsburg” and the “CCI” (Centro Culturale Italiano) in Braunschweig. Moreover, we would like to interview some socalled “Gastarbeiter” of the German economic miracle in the sixties and early seventies and current Italian employees and to evaluate their statements with regards to our analysis. The Italian and the German school will, by means of the collected information, examine, compare and evaluate aspects and consequences of working and travelling in a political, social and historical context. Our main emphasis will be put on making young people aware of their chances and rights as EU citizens with reference to education, work and travelling. In addition to the consecutive work on the project there will be an annual one week student exchange for about 50 students aged 16 to 19. They will be hosted by German and Italian families and they will join their forces in mutual workshops aiming at preparing powerpoint/prezi presentations, reports and videos to be exhibited in both schools. Besides, there will be topical field trips. All these activities will meet the requirements of relevant school curricula and will be related to subjects like foreign languages, History, Geography and Social and Economic Studies. By institutionalizing ways of multilateral information exchange (mainly on the Internet in-cluding all different kinds of web tools) and the creation of a wikispace platform we will provide an infrastructure that will enhance the objectives of our project and bring about a sustainable awareness for international cooperation with the students. The results of the two year project will be continuously updated and published (on the homepages of both schools, in the local newspapers and on the wikispace platform) thus giving students and teachers the chance of profiting from the project work. Working in transnational teams and using modern technology is an innovative form of foreign language teaching and is supposed to make learning a foreign language more attractive for students. Appealing to their web skills and giving them the chance of applying their web knowledge to prepare expositions and presentations in both schools, they will be able to increase their communicative and human skills as well as their professional qualifications in a real and highly motivating situation.
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