On 21 October 2019, EPOMM (European Platform on Mobility Management) published its latest e-update on the topic of 'mobility management as a tool for the successful inclusion of immigrants'.
The theme is described as follows:
The German, Irish and Italian immigrants who arrived in America during the 1800s often faced prejudice and mistrust. Many had to overcome language barriers. Others discovered that the challenges they had fled from, such as poverty or religious persecution, were to be encountered in America as well.
And still today, immigrants often meet challenges upon their arrival that they never anticipated. Difficulties in speaking and learning the language, raising children and helping them succeed in school, securing work and housing, and accessing services are commonplace.
And like language barriers, understanding transport is an issue that affects nearly every aspect of life for immigrants. Imagine, you have never learned how to cross the street safely, how to ride a bike, nor how to read the traffic signs. Consequently, it makes it difficult to fit in additional commitments like language classes or medical appointments. Therefore, Mobility Management, and especially mobility education, can be a driver for the successful social inclusion of immigrants.
The e-update can be read online here.
Act TravelWise copy-edits the English version of the e-update and distributes it within the UK.