A dynamic, two-way process of mutual accommodation by migrants and by the societies that receive them.
On 17 and 18 April, the European Commission (Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs) and the City of Amsterdam are hosting the first edition of the Urban Academy on Integration in Brussels. The event brings together practitioners in the fields of education and civil society - each with an integration dimension - from all over Europe.
The two-day programme features a field visit to the City of Mechelen and various local integration projects in the city, and provides plenty of room for exchanges between the participants in their respective fields of work.
Participants get together with members of the European Integration Network and with experts from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture and Joint Research Centre, from the Migration Policy Institute Europe and from the Migration Policy Group. MigrationWork facilitates the event and its two core modules - education in relation to integration and working effectively with civil society.
The Urban Academy on Integration aims at creating better urban integration policies throughout Europe. It is one of the actions proposed by the Partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees under the Urban Agenda for the EU. It is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
The Partnership seeks to involve cities in European legislation, funding and knowledge sharing. With more influence on these three themes, cities would be able to deal more efficiently with challenges concerning integration and inclusion of migrants and refugees.