The project arose from the observation of negative discourse around migrants and refugees and their cultures, which creates an obstacle to their inclusion in society.
Causons aims to serve as a springboard for the social and professional integration of immigrants. The association's activities create a positive environment for them, conducive to meeting people, forging social bonds and acquiring new skills.
The association trains migrants and refugees in language teaching. Once they have completed their training, they teach their mother tongue (Arabic, Farsi, Russian, etc.) to groups of beginners or relative beginners interested in learning a new language.
In addition, the refugees receive ongoing support to help them find work (individual interviews, résumé workshop, etc.). Their language classes also give them a rewarding paid part-time job.
In addition to this workplace integration project, Causons aims to foster better intercultural understanding and to break down stereotypes about migrants and refugees. Having immigrants teach language classes values their skills and provides a different view of the helper/helped dynamic. It also stems from a belief that language is the ideal vehicle for finding out about a person and their culture.
France has one of the lowest immigrant employment rates of all developed countries.
The Air Liquide Foundation is helping to expand the project by financing educational materials for training new teachers.