About the project

Citizens-reporters open to the European civil society

The project “Citizen-reporter” puts a number of young Erasmus+ in the spotlight. In the spirit of a true European ambassador, the participant becomes a citizen-reporter. In every city where the Erasmus student live and study, they go off to discover people, projects and various actions constructing European society. These actions are beneficiary of political support and/or from European programmes throughout multiple sectors. The reporters are our eyes and ears. Indeed, it is they who guide us into their personal perception of Europe.

150 000. That is the amount of Erasmus students that every year travel to another European country. They often have the feeling of being “at home” anywhere in Europe.

Turned towards civil society they embrace values of openness and dialogue. The participants takes off to meet with a society that they know poorly or wrongly, they give us a unique outlook – sometimes naïve – on the environment in which they evolve.

Through the door that these students enter, they encounter the same attitudes with askance, apprehension and prejudice that we all can live or hold on to, sometimes unconsciously, towards people and realities that we know poorly. These young students are “border crossers” both literally and symbolically. They invite us to render our prejudice, to change our views and mentalities in order to give way to novelties and to enrichment thanks to their personal experience.

 


Coordinator: André BOSSUROY
 
For several years, André Bossuroy, a video TV director based in Brussels, has been asking Erasmus students for ‘reports without borders’. Europe no longer has borders, and they feel at home throughout Europe. In 2007, the European channel ARTE broadcast its first portraits of students who stress the transformation of their outlook following their year with Erasmus. Other television productions followed in the fields of memory work in Europe and cooperation in development in the countries of the South, always seen through the eyes of this Euro-generation.