On 19 July 2022, the Final Conference of the SafeJourney project, co-funded by the European Union, was hosted at the Palace D’Anfa Hotel in Casablanca.
Many participants were present, including representatives of civil society who collaborated in the project as well as institutions such as the High Commission for Planning, the Regional Directorate of Health Beni Mellal-Khénifra, the Regional Academy of Education and Training (AREF) and international organisations such as UNHCR, IOM, Caritas Morocco and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
It was through this closing event that the partner organisations, Progettomondo, ISCOS Marche, ANOLF Piemonte and FAMSI, had the opportunity to present the SafeJourney project to the guests, as well as the results and good practices of the campaign to raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration.
The conference was moderated by Jonathan Lobe, Gender and Migration Consultant for the project, who gave the floor to the partners to present their organisations and their role in the project.
After the interventions of Ms. Paola Bordi, ISCOS Marche Country Representative, Mr. Paolo Pozzo, President of ANOLF Piemonte and Mr. Sergio Castañar, FAMSI Representative, Ms. Chadia Arab, CNRS researcher on migration and gender at the University of Angers, presented her research work in the framework of the SafeJourney project as well as the preliminary studies for framing the migration in Morocco.
The guests got into the heart of the conference when the project coordinator, Ms. Concetta Mannino, took the floor to present the results of the SafeJourney project with the success stories. A space was also provided for each partner to present their work package. This moment involved a lot of guests who were curious about the services offered by the project and the events implemented.
Next, Ms. Maha Raissouni, Manager of Acetre Consulting, presented her work in the framework of the Monitoring & Evaluation project. Ms. Maha used a Powerpoint presentation to present the lessons learned and good practices as well as the recommendations for each work package.
Finally, to close the day, a video made by Youtuber and content creator Mustapha Swinga was shown. The video is part of the SafeJourney project to raise awareness among young people about the risks of irregular migration through the influencer’s social channels. After the screening, Mustapha Swinga spoke about the impact of social networks on young people.
To close the conference an interactive debate took place, during which guests and speakers exchanged ideas and gave recommendations, thanking again all the partners for their work during these 20 long months.