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Intercultural Mediation programme in selected hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki

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.

Project dates:  14/03/2012 - 30/06/2012EIFGreece
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Lerncafe Graz Leoben Knittelfeld

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.

Project dates:  01/01/2012 - 12/07/2012EIFAustria
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Polish language and knowledge of Polish culture course with elements of e-learning

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.

Project dates:  01/08/2011 - 31/03/2012EIFPoland
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The Internationen Project

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.

Project dates:  01/08/2011 - 30/06/2012EIFSweden
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Your fire brigade – our fire brigade! Towards open cooperation

To increase integration in Germany, this project tackled the barriers preventing a non-EU immigrant from signing up to become a voluntary fire-fighter.

Project dates:  01/04/2011 - 31/03/2012EIFGermany
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The development and implementation of a Latvian language learning programme for migrant children

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.

Project dates:  07/03/2011 - 30/06/2013EIFLatvia
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Colourful games, multicoloured country

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.

Project dates:  01/03/2011 - 31/07/2011EIFHungary
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Online courses for immigrants - successful integration into Bulgarian society

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.

Project dates:  28/01/2011 - 20/06/2011EIFBulgaria
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Consultation centre for non-EU migrants

A new consultation centre offers non-EU migrants advice, information and training to facilitate their integration into Lithuanian culture.

Project dates:  01/01/2011 - 30/06/2012EIFLithuania
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Family Next Door 2011

Through direct contact and exchange of experiences between non-EU immigrant and Czech families, this project provided an innovative model of integration.

Project dates:  01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011EIFCzech Republic
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Information, awareness and prevention of female genital mutilation

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.

Project dates:  01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011EIFSpain
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Women and citizens

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.

Project dates:  01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011EIFFrance
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Intercultural dialogue through community media

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.

Project dates:  01/11/2010 - 31/10/2012EIFIeland
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Television broadcast to promote the integration of migrants

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.

Project dates:  01/11/2010 - 28/02/2012EIFSlovakia
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Welcome to the United Kingdom (UK)

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.

Project dates:  01/07/2010 - 30/06/2013EIFUnited Kingdom
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Intercultural mediation in public services

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.

Project dates:  01/06/2010 - 31/05/2011EIFPortugal
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We Talk Football

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.

Project dates:  01/06/2010 - 30/09/2011EIFEstonia
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Network of Migrant Information Centres in Romania

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.

Project dates:  01/06/2010 - 30/06/2011EIFRomania
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Seminars for journalists

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.

Project dates:  08/03/2010 - 30/06/2010EIFCyprus
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‘Our Italian language’

Nearly 2 000 migrants gained a certificate proving competence in the Italian language shortly after arriving in Italy thanks to this 4 month project.

Project dates:  26/02/2010 - 30/06/2010EIFItaly
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