RuedaDePrensa07.08.18Documenta and Santurban (the Development Agency of the City of Santander) presented the MINGLE project (Generating Social and Human Capital for Third Country Nationals TCNs) during the press conference organized by the public entity the last 7th August. In the call, which was attended by the media of the region, the characteristics and actions to be implemented throughout the two-year period in which it is set were presented.

The person in charge of the presentation was Javier Farto, President of Documenta, accompanied by María Tejerina Puente and Ana María González Pescador, Councillor for Family, Social Services, Immigration and Development Cooperation, and Councillor for Economy, Finance, Employment and Business Development respectively. They also presented the official image of the program, which will be disseminated throughout the city with the aim of attracting potential participants in the activities that will be carried out.

MINGLE is a project that seeks to facilitate active citizenship and the integration of TCNs through collaboration and networking with different social agents of the host community. It also tries to promote frequent interaction, concluding in a greater integration of TCNs in society, and the empowerment of the people that participate through the improvement of their personal and social skills, as well as a better knowledge of the community and the available resources. As a consequence, there is an improvement in the individual economic, labour, social perspectives, etc.

This program, which began in January, is shaped by a transnational network of 10 organizations in 5 partner countries (Germany, Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Sweden). The project, financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) of the European Commission, follows the line of the European policies of integration and social inclusion of different groups with difficulties for the exercise of citizenship. This program focuses on the basic aspects that foster integration: social interaction, social and institutional trust and culture. From the AMIF it is understood that measuring integration only on an economic basis ignores the social factors that contribute to it and can sustain long-term economic results.

The innovative nature of the project is based on the use of methodologies aimed at increasing the human and social capital of the beneficiaries and the design of personalized itineraries (support of tutors and mentors), and the transfer of technological tools tested in other European projects.

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