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Socrates Intensive Programme 2008
"Children, Poverty and Social deprivation in the EU: Suggestions and Policy recommendations to tackle children's social exclusion in Europe"
Co-operation with private and public sector
The region of Rodopi and the City of Komotini in Greece are multicultural areas with a large Muslim minority. It also hosts immigrants (coming mainly form the neighbouring Balkan countries) and Pontain-Greeks from the ex-USSR republics.
The programme will comprise: (a) field trips to Muslim communities in urban and rural areas of the prefecture of Rodopi; (b) visits to projects for the resettlement and labour market integration of ethnic-Greeks from ex-USSR republics and projects of community development; and (c) visits to statutory agencies, NGOs and other organizations involved in welfare provision and project implementation (i.e. the local branch of the National Institute for the Reception and Rehabilitation of Greek Repatriates and Local Social Services Departments).
Student's Preliminary Report
Topics to address in the preparatory report
In brackets, below, is indicated the approximate length of the sections
of the report. If necessary, use an appendix for additional information.
Do not forget to reflect the sources of your information.
2. [3 pages] List
three important policy initiatives of your government (central, regional
or local) to fight social exclusion/poverty/income inequality, children's
drop out from compulsory education and discuss:
3. [1 page] Would you argue that your country's membership to the European Union is beneficial towards social inclusion or rather the opposite? In other words, do the socially excluded benefit from it or not? Think for instance of the European Social Fund, 'race to the bottom', 'Open Method of Coordination' and the National Action Plans,.... Would you argue that the implementation of such policies have assisted towards tackling children's poverty and social exclusion in your country