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In most European education systems, migrant students tend to underperform and express a lower sense of well-being compared to their native-born peers. Migrant students face particular challenges, like having to learn a new language or dealing with the stress or trauma of going to a new country,…
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A new report from the Social Market Foundation has set out how better data could support UK local authorities in the development of integration strategies. The report entitled 'All Immigration Is local' highlights a number of areas in which policy and practice could be improved, including: How…
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The Czech Interior Ministry has announced the 20th open call for proposals within the framework of its National Programme of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The Ministry is accepting proposals to operate regional integration centres for third-country nationals in the Czech Republic, with exception of the integration centre in the Central Bohemian region.

Regional integration centres are fundamental to the Czech regional integration infrastructure, as defined in the national integration strategy. For this call, the integration centres must provide the following activities:

  • Free information for both Czech and foreign nationals
  • Free social and legal counselling
  • Czech language and socio-cultural courses
  • Interpretation services
  • Intercultural dialogue, awareness-raising campaigns, and cultural events
  • Field social work and monitoring of new developments concerning the target group
  • Organisation of a regional platform of actors in the field of migrant integration

The call is open to regional authorities, state organisations, and non-governmental actors. The deadline to submit proposals is 11 March 2019. Total allocation under this call is 90,000,000 Kč (approximately 3,521,000 €).

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Im Jahr 2017 wohnten 7 % der Bevölkerung in Deutschland in einer „überbelegten Wohnung“. Das bedeutet, dass die Unterkunft nicht genügend Zimmer für die in ihr lebenden Personen aufweist.

Die neuen Zahlen des Statistischen Bundesamts zeigen, dass dies Migranten überdurchschnittlich häufig betrifft: Erwachsene mit ausländischem Pass (17 Prozent) lebten deutlich häufiger auf engem Raum als Personen mit deutschem Pass (sechs Prozent). Dies zeigt sich besonders in Städten, deren Bevölkerung mit einem Anteil von elf Prozent im Vergleich zu ländlichen Gebieten rund drei Mal so häufig von Wohnraummangel betroffen war.

Im europäischen Vergleich steht Deutschland allerdings recht gut dar: Im Jahr 2017 lebten in der EU rund 16 Prozent der Bevölkerung 2017 in einer überbelegten Wohnung, so das Statistische Bundesamt.

Die stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Linksfraktion im Bundestag, Caren Lay, ist durch die aktuellen Daten alarmiert: „Wohnungsnot und gedrängte Wohnverhältnisse gefährden den sozialen Frieden“. Sie wirft der Bundesregierung ein Scheitern in der Wohnungspolitik vor und erklärt: „Weil die Mieten so stark gestiegen sind, finden insbesondere Armutsgefährdete, Alleinerziehende und Migranten keine angemessene und bezahlbare Wohnung mehr“. Lay fordert nun ein öffentliches Investitionsprogramm, das sich an untere und mittlere Einkommensschichten richtet.

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The podcast series Europe is Working features interviews with workers about their daily experiences and possibilities of collective actions among workers regardless of citizenship status. The series speaks to local and migrant workers and stakeholders like trade unionists and academics. The interview subjects come from various economic sectors and work in different European countries—Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Poland.

There are five episodes in the series:

Taking Care of Solidarity: Domestic Workers Fighting for Their Rights in Spain

A look at how organised domestic and care workers can find mutual grounds for solidarity with the feminist movement in Spain, and how migrant workers and local activists built a shared strike on the 8th of March.

Seasons in the Sun: Ukrainian and Bulgarian Workers in Bulgarian All-Inclusive Tourism

A journey to an all-inclusive resort on the Bulgarian coast where Bulgarians and Ukrainians find seasonal work.

A Work Oddity: Tales of Ukrainian Migrants in Poland

The story of three Ukrainians working in Poland.

Can't Buy Me Solidarity: Retail Workers in Czechia

An examination of poor labour conditions in Czech super- and hypermarkets and the possibilities for collective action.

Sweeping (Away) Poor Working Conditions: Cleaning Workers Struggle in Italy

A glimpse into working conditions in the commercial cleaning sector in Italy.

The series was supported by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union as part of the project ‘Towards Shared Interests between Migrant and Local Workers’. The project consortium, led by Multicultural Center Prague, created the podcasts in collaboration with the Center for Media, Data and Society of the Central European University.

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