BRIDGE-IT is an Adult Education project carried out between 2010 and 2012. It provides online learning tools for better integration between migrants and the resident population of EU countries, i.e. a population mainly, but not necessarily, without a personal migration experience.
BRIDGE-IT aims directly at the end beneficiaries of the integration process: migrants and public service providers or as the project authors prefer to say: Adults-in-Mobility and Adults-in-Contact-with-Mobility. These two different target groups are strictly interrelated as far as bureaucratic-institutional procedures are concerned. Such procedures represent the most delicate node where integration concretely succeeds or fails.
For the design and creation of the online learning materials the project is foregrounding the more vulnerable groups of Adults-in-Mobility, especially those who are in a first-impact situation. ‘First-impact’ situation means the period which starts from the first contact between an Adult-in-Mobility and an Adult-in-Contact-with-Mobility in an EU country and ends with the permission of either to stay in that country or to move to another country.
BRIDGE-IT invites service providers, as Adults-in-Contact-with-Mobility, working within bureaucratic institutions, to “be relevant”, that is, to reflect on their current communicative behaviour within multicultural settings with a view of transforming attitudes and behaviour. Rather than cultural melting pots, BRIDGE-IT advocates for communities where different cultures and languages co-exist, where the generation of intercultural diversity generates further diversity, where all generations and all ethnic groups integrate into each other in a dynamic and dialectic relationship.
Europe has to open its eyes: intercultural diversity is more and more an undeniable matter of fact. It represents challenges and resources to be exploited in a constructive way by all actors involved. This explains the acronym BRIDGE-IT which stands for Be Relevant to Intercultural Diversity Generation in Europe – Integration Team.