Associazione Donne Romene in Italia – A.D.R.I.

Associazione Donne Romene in Italia – A.D.R.I.

Conferinţa europeană “Familii dincolo de frontiere. Ce impact are migraţia asupra familiei?”/European Conference “Families Beyond Borders” @Sofia, Bulgaria

Conferinţa europeană “Familii dincolo de frontiere. Ce impact are migraţia asupra familiei?”, organizată de the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union and The Bulgarian Center of Women’s Studies and Policies (Sofia, 5-8 noiembrie 2015). Interviu cu Silvia Dumitrache, preşedintele Asociaţiei Femeilor Române din Italia (A.D.R.I.), unul dintre invitaţii conferinţei @RRInternational/Totul despre Romania. Realizator: Mihaela Dinca-Bajanaru

COFACE event on transnational families aims at breaking gender and ethnic stereotypes and taboos!

5-6 November 2015 | Families Beyond Borders conference in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Participants of the training “Designing and implementing your advocacy campaign for transnational families” | Photo © 2015 Ana Pérez

On the 5-6 November 2015, COFACE, the Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU and the Bulgarian Center of Women’s Studies and Policies, organized the “Families Beyond Borders” conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. The 2-day event, focused on transnational families, aimed at exploring challenges and consequences of what it means to move to a different country for better economic prospects, but leaving ageing parents and sometimes young children in their countries of origin.

Economic migration is not a new phenomenon but, while studies and policies are focussed on the person who move, little attention is paid to those family members who stay in the country of origin and the impact that the migration process has on the family has a whole. The departure of a family member is always a difficult decision and sometimes a last resort for families living in poverty. The profile of economic migrants in some areas is changing, bringing changes also on roles within the family: more and more women move to become care workers abroad and become the family breadwinners.

The event was a great opportunity to foster exchange between researches, experts and policy makers from all around Europe to raise awareness of the difficulties that transnational families go through.

On November the 5th, a training “Designing and implementing your advocacy campaign for transnational families” was organized, followed by a networking dinner and the film projection “The town of Badante women”.

The training aimed at identifying needs and objectives, target groups and best tools. Participants worked in smaller groups to develop its own campaign idea and received feedbacks from other groups and trainers. The training was organized by Paola Panzeri from COFACE.

The film presented the Bulgarian city of Varshets, where the unemployment rate is extremely high. For many families, the only solution is to take the decision (this concerns only women) to go to Italy and work as “badanti” (caregivers for old people). These women leave planning to stay a short period but they often end up staying much longer. In the meantime, in Varshets also men’s lifestyles are changing: they deal with housework and find strategies of mutual aid, while waiting for their wives’ money that arrive once a month, and for their wives who come home more and more seldom. The film, very touching, was followed by a question-answers session with Diana Ivanova, film screenplay writer.

The actual number of migrant careworkers is unknown but their number is far higher than the workers in the formal care sector. We discussed at the event about the effects of the “care drain” in the country of origin and the consequences it has on children and family members left behind. The children are left behind to the care of other family members. Sometimes other women are employed to care for the children .Those women may also be a mother and have left her children behind to care for someone else (a “global care chain”). This is a highly relevant topic in the context of our ageing population in Europe.

On November the 6th, the European conference “Families beyond borders – What is the impact of migration on families?” took place, including a poster presentation.

The conference explored a variety of aspects of transnational families through three workshops:

1 Labour migration and transnational family life
Family members can live apart temporarily or for very long periods and their family life is very much conditioned on the possibility to visit each other and going back to the country of origin.

2 Brain-drain, emigration and family formation
Mobile workers are massively leaving countries with economic difficulties to find opportunities in other EU member States. Mobility is often the last resort more than a career choice.

3 Migrant carers and global care-chain
A large share of the care work which is externalised outside the family is covered by the employment of migrants, often migrant women.

A poster presentation session was organized during the lunch time with the participation of associations from different countries.

A detailed report from the conference will be available in the following days. In the meantime you can check the speakers’ presentations and pictures of the event on COFACE’s website

On 5-6 November 2015, COFACE and the Bulgarian Center of Women’s Studies and Policies, organized the”Families Beyond Borders” event in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event, focused on transnational families, aimed at exploring challenges and consequences of what it means to move to a different country for better economic prospects, but leaving ageing parents and sometimes young children in their countries of origin.

Europe is witnessing a rapid and big increase of migration flows due to political and economic crisis. In this context, the departure of a family member is always a difficult decision and sometimes a last resort for families living in poverty. Roles within the family are also significantly changing and this will affect a whole future generation citizens.

The 2-day event was a great opportunity to foster exchange between researches,experts and policy makers from all around Europe to raise awareness of the difficulties that transnational families go through.

5 November

14.00-18.00: Training “Designing and implementing your advocacy campaign for transnational families”
Find here more information about the training

19.00: Networking Dinner and Film projection “The town of Badante women”
Find here more information about the film

6 November

9.00 – 16.00 European conference “Families beyond borders – What is the impact of migration on families?”
(Including a poster presentation)

Please download :
FINAL PROGRAMME
Info pack for participants
Speakers’ Bios

PICTURES OF THE EVENT

PRESENTATIONS

Keynote speech
Prof Maurizio Ambrosini, University of Milan, Italy

Workshop 1 Labour Migration and transnational family life

“Transnationality and the impact on Bulgarian families and children”
George Bogdanov, National Network for children in Bulgaria (BG)

“The effects of migration on Romanian children”
Nicoleta Ungurianu, Alternative Sociale Association (RO)

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“The mothers’ perspective and the project ‘Mum loves you’”
Silvia Dumitrache, Romanian Women Association in Italy – ADRI (IT)
Prezentarea proiectului “Te iubeste mama!” & “Home Alone A Romanian Tragedy” (trailer)

Workshop 2 Brain-drain, emigration and family formation

“Family migration to Lithuania: challenges and future perspectives”
Giedrė Blažytė, Social Research Centre, Institute for Ethnic Studies (LT)

“Youth emigration in Greece and its consequences”
Antonia Torrens, KMOP (GR)

“Psychosocial and employment support for women from transnational or migrant families”
Camino Calle, Red Acoge (ES)

Workshop 3 Migrant carers and global care-chain

“Families in context project: focus on Polish families in the Netherlands”
Nina Conkova, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (NL)

“Female migrant domestic workers and global care chain”
Antonello Scialdone, ISFOL (IT)

“Local initiatives and benchmarking for work-life balance to support migrant care workers and their families abroad”
Alessandro Baldo, SoleTerre NGO (IT)

Poster presentations:

Association Binational Families and Partnerships (Germany)
Vaestoliitto-Family Federation of Finland (Finland)
Partners Bulgaria Foundation (Bulgaria)
Association of Binational Families – ASFAMIX (Spain)/Les amoureuxau ban public (France)
Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Fondazione l’Albero della Vita (Italy)
Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (Ireland)

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PICTURES OF THE EVENT #FBB15

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