Disability and migration: Anthropological and educational perspective

Location: Turin, Italy   |   Duration: 5 days   |   Cost: 350/person


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Course programme

People with disabilities of foreign origin, migrants or children of migrants, present in our country is a phenomenon of which we know little. The framework of scientific references on the subject is overall rather lacking, because it is calibrated on one or the other dimension: disability or migration. Today’s national and European statistics do not return data and information capable of grasping the dual status of a foreign person with disabilities. At present we have research and statistics on people with disabilities, on the one hand, and on migrants on the other, without being able to grasp the dimensions and characteristics of the phenomenon in its entirety and above all without being able to know the conditions of people who experience this dual risk of discrimination on a daily basis.

Before going into the substance of the question of how disability is different cultures, with which we are confronted every day, in as a result of the steady growth of immigration in our country, we let’s look at some historic moments where this issue was addressed with the intention of not limiting ourselves to the account of facts and/or events of eras past but trying to contextualize, too, everything about evolution in terminology, an element closely linked to culture and finally, we enclose in this single look, also the scope of awareness of the regulatory changes related to disability.

In this day, we will address an important aspect of disability, i.e. as it is seen, read, and interpreted in the world in particular in the Subcontinent India, China, Africa and Eastern Europe, the choice to analyse these reality is not random but reflects the presence of immigrant people in our country from these countries.

Why talk about their countries of origin if they are now in our countries? The answer is not so obvious, rather it implies a reflection on the experience of these people, on the cultural-disability relationship that influences their thinking personal and above all, allows us to be more confronting them empathetic. The knowledge of their culture of origin gives us the opportunity to establish that dialogue that becomes a bridge between different realities, sometimes looking at a situation with a knowledge base not only makes us grow but it leads us to question our prejudices and allows us to open up concretely and truthy to each other.

Moving, ideally, between one end of our planet, we have put in place a journey whose purpose was to make us grasp how much the issue of disability takes on specific characteristics in the different world realities, this is not only interpreted as a reason for increase in knowledge, but it is a way by which to put in place reflections, in particular on transverse trawls i.e. on all those elements that unite these world realities with our countries, as well as the differences that we can see.

Man builds his own identity and his history through relationship with each other, coexistence exists on the basis of mutual recognition in a dimension where everyone is a bearer of diversity therefore, the reason why an analysis of common points and common divergences is intended to overcome the dichotomy we/them and lay the foundations of genuine intercultural dialogue between peoples.

The last day will a focus on all the daily situation and service we have to face with migrants’ disabilities. It will a series of workshop about how to deal and give the right services to migrants with disabilities in the different professional and social context (school, social services, educational services, medical services etc.).


Persons with disabilities make up around 15 % of the global population, and comprise a significant minority of refugees and migrants. In addition to pre-existing physical, sensory, intellectual or psychosocial impairments, people may acquire or develop impairments during the migration process. When identified, these impairments place an obligation on Member States to provide specific support throughout the arrival, registration and asylum process (https://fra.europa.eu/en/theme/asylum-migration-borders/overviews/focus-disability).

Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union prohibits any discrimination on the grounds of disability, while Article 26 sets out the right of persons with disabilities “to benefit from measures designed to ensure their independence, social and occupational integration and participation in the life of the community”.

The European Union and 27 of its Member States are also parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the preeminent international standard on the rights of persons with disabilities. The CRPD does not explicitly make reference to refugees and migrants with disabilities. Nevertheless, Article 11 on situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies requires State Parties to the convention to ‘take, in accordance with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict [and] humanitarian emergencies’.

Disability issues and educational situations issues, especially in recent decades, have been the subject of privileged study. Just think of the experiences of so many pedagogues who have acted in difficult contexts, addressing the most varied educational issues with subjects considered “ineducating”, “difficult”, or “hopeless”. Experience teaches us that precisely in the contexts considered most critical, where the educational gamble is far from obvious, the most interesting discoveries take place.

Target Group

The target group of the training includes professional who are operating daily with migrants (educators, social workers, caregivers, teachers, tutors, relative, pedagogue etc.).

Staff of local or regional authority’s coordination bodies leading a national mobility consortium who are involved in migration policy, or other activities of strategic importance for the migration sector.

Certificates rewarded

▪  Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
▪  Europass Mobility Certificates – to be issued by the applicant’s National Agency

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