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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

October 26, 2020

On October 22, 2020, the Education and Culture Directorate of the Canton of Uri, together with the aid organization of the churches, held the sixth Uri Integration Day in the Aula Hagen in Altdorf. The focus was on the topic of “Migration from a psychological perspective”. The knowledge gained from this will be incorporated into further integration work in Uri.

“As with the Corona crisis, integration is ultimately about consideration and solidarity,” said Government Councilor Beat Jörg, Director of Education and Culture of the Canton of Uri, in his speech at the opening of the sixth Uri Integration Day last Thursday, October 22nd 2020, in Altdorf. “Corona forces us to take a little distance from each other, at least physically,” says Beat Jörg. “For integration, however, you always need encounters, conversations and approaching each other.” Around thirty people, volunteers and migrants who are professionally involved in integration came to the Aula Hagen despite the current tense situation to exchange ideas about the migration process from a psychological perspective. The integration day was jointly organized by the Education and Culture Directorate and the Uri Churches Aid Organization – a sign that not only state actors contribute to integration, but also civil society, private and church actors.

A challenging adaptation

Under the title “Migration from a psychological perspective”, the event focused on the question of which challenges – in addition to very specific tasks such as finding their way in a new everyday life or finding a job – migrant people have to master in psychological terms. Prof. Dr. Luzia Jurt, lecturer at the Institute for Integration and Participation at the University for Social Work Northwestern Switzerland, spoke in her presentation about the different phases that people go through when they say goodbye to their home country and arrive in a strange world.

The actual act of migration is often preceded by meticulous preparation in which plans for the future are also forged. However, once you have arrived at the new location, dealing with the new reality often leads to disappointments, according to the expert. How well the demanding transitions can be designed depends not only on a person’s personal resources, but also on the awareness and support offered by the host society.

A demanding recording performance

In the discussion rounds following the presentation, the participants also dealt with the question of how migrants can be supported so that the migration and integration process works as well as possible. The fact that migration, leaving one’s home country, is a painful process cannot change the host society either; But how well they arrive, how quickly someone feels at home with us, targeted measures (such as support, advice and information) make an effective contribution. In the discussion it became clear that the openness of the host society and low-threshold support – for example in the form of neighborhood help – can make it much easier for migrants to arrive.

The findings from the discussion rounds were presented in the plenum and Prof. Dr. Luzia Jurt balanced and classified. Christian Mattli, President of the Government Council’s Integration Commission, said at the end that the knowledge gained will be incorporated into further integration work in the canton of Uri. He thanked all participants of the Integration Day for making a valuable contribution every day to ensure that uri develops a strong integrative force and that migrants feel at home here.


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