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date: 09 December 2022

Adult Education for African Victims of Human Traffickinglocked

Adult Education for African Victims of Human Traffickinglocked

  • Antonio Alfaro FernándezAntonio Alfaro FernándezUniversidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación y Humanidades
  •  and Beatriz Villora GalindoBeatriz Villora GalindoUniversidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación y Humanidades

Summary

For decades and due to the dire situations that exist in many African countries, the migratory phenomenon to Europe has witnessed an unprecedented increase. The desire to seek a better future, to flee from poverty, hunger, and war, among other reasons, has caused the victims to employ legal or illegal means to leave their country and reach Europe.

The receiving countries have increased the restrictions to welcome immigrants from African countries, which means the arrival of migrants by illegal means has grown spectacularly. Likewise, this situation has caused trafficking in persons, especially women, to become a common phenomenon in Europe. Spain, due to its geographical location, is one of the countries where the greatest number of people are exploited.

The eradication of this problem involves the identification of the exploited and liberation from their captors. But the problem does not end with their release; psychological and educational intervention is essential to achieve their integration. The importance of designing and developing educational programs are main objectives, including language learning, professional training, establishing good habits of nutrition and hygiene, and providing alternatives for leisure and free time.

These education programs, designed for adults, should be initiated in shelter houses where the victims are first placed. Multidisciplinary teams formed by professionals in education, psychology, nursing, and social work can cooperatively help the victims, offering the best method for successful integration. The final objective is to provide competences to the people included in the program, who can then leave the shelters, join the local community, and live autonomously and independently in the host society.

Subjects

  • Alternative and Non-formal Education 
  • Education, Cultures, and Ethnicities
  • Education and Society

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