The introduction of intercultural mediators in hospitals facilitated communication between immigrants and hospital staff, thereby reducing cultural misunderstandings and promoting non discriminatory access to public health services.
The ‘Lerncafe’ initiative was first launched in one Austrian town with EIF funding in 2007. It is now present across the whole of Austria, providing valuable support to immigrant children with school work and personal development.
Immigrants new to the predominantly student city of Lund, Sweden, had struggled to integrate into daily life. The ‘Internationen Project’ tackled this by bringing together Swedish university students and immigrants for an exchange of experiences.
Some 1 000 hours of Polish language classes were undertaken by 80 non-EU migrants, of which 10 gained the official certificate in Polish as a foreign language.
To increase integration in Germany, this project tackled the barriers preventing a non-EU immigrant from signing up to become a voluntary fire-fighter.
All of Latvia’s schools have now been issued with teaching materials specifically aimed at migrant teenagers, introducing them to the language and cultural traditions of their host country. The resources are designed to support integration into Latvian society.
Non-EU migrants helped present their own culture to some 130 000 people at Hungary’s ‘Children’s Island’, promoting openness among the young and helping to break down stereotypes.
Over 6 months, 58 online lessons were recorded and 1 000 copies of information booklets printed. The aim? To better educate immigrants on Bulgarian life and to further their integration.
Through direct contact and exchange of experiences between non-EU immigrant and Czech families, this project provided an innovative model of integration.
Using workshops and an information campaign, UNAF raised awareness of female genital mutilation and worked to prevent its practice, particularly within sub-Saharan immigrant communities.
Informative workshops and leaflets introduced immigrant women to the values of French society, whilst also promoting knowledge of their rights and tackling discrimination and violence against them.
A new consultation centre offers non-EU migrants advice, information and training to facilitate their integration into Lithuanian culture.
Community media training courses are organised for non-EU nationals alongside Irish citizens, developing individual knowledge and skills, as well as producing intercultural radio programmes for the general public.
Some 119 migrants, journalists and journalism students helped produce and broadcast television programmes promoting a positive image of migrants through success stories and discussing issues faced by migrant communities in Slovakia.
By reaching prospective migrant women in Bangladesh (a significant source of immigration to the UK), the chances of successful integration on their arrival to the UK is greatly increased.
Intercultural mediators were placed within the Portuguese public services to facilitate communication between public service employees and immigrants, and to improve the quality of service and care offered to non-EU nationals.
Over 80 non-EU nationals were involved in information and media activities promoting their involvement in local football life. Ten non-EU nationals were trained as football referees.
New Migrant Information Centres throughout the country provided information and advice to non-EU nationals legally residing in Romania, facilitating their integration into Romanian society.
Some 250 journalists based in Cyprus received informational material and 74 journalists participated in seminars on immigration issues. The project sought to improve the quality of information on immigration issues channelled through the media.