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This study on migrant integration in Spain analyses the evolution of social integration over the last decade, and finds that ultimately social integration helps to breaks down prejudices: migrants in Spain are well-settled, well-trained and give more than they receive .  The area in which…
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Portugal is in the top ten countries for migrant integration policy, according to the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) 2020, an assessment of the integration policies of 52 states. The assessment highlights the fight against discrimination and efforts towards family reunification as particular strengths for Portugal.

According to the MIPEX 2020, presented on October 28 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal has been continuously improving its integration policies in recent years. This was found to be especially true as far as education is concerned.

According to the report, 'Portuguese integration policies have improved slightly in all dimensions of equality of rights, opportunities and security for immigrants'.

Portugal appears in the 'top ten' alongside the Nordic states and countries that are more traditionally destinations of choice for migrants, far ahead of other 'new' destination countries such as Italy and Spain.

The report states that 'compared with all other developed countries, Portugal's integration policies in 2019 were above average in all policy areas, except in access to health'. Notable findings included the following:

  • Concerning tackling the problem of discrimination Portugal attained the highest possible score of 100 points, praised for its strong policies and enforcement mechanisms that are 'slowly raising levels of public awareness';
  • Concerning citizenship - of both new migrants and descendants of Portuguese citizens - Portugal scored 86 points, which was an increase of 13 on its score from 2015.
  • As far as family reunification is concerned Portugal scored 87 points and is deemed to have one of the most favourable policies for reunification worldwide, alongside Canada and Brazil.

According to MIPEX, this research matters because the way in which governments treat migrants strongly influences the way migrants and the rest of society interact and think about each other.

The authors of the report said that 'the guarantee of equal rights, opportunities and security [for migrants] encourages the public to see integration as an opportunity and to treat immigrants as equals, neighbours and potential citizens'. As a result of such inclusive policies in Portugal, then, immigrants and the public are more likely to interact and see each other as equals.

MIPEX is the work of Migration Policy Group (MPG), in partnership with the Centre for International Relations in Barcelona. It is co-financed by the European Commission. The Portuguese research team comes from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon.

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La Ministre de la Famille et de l'Intégration vient de lancer une consultation auprès de la société civile et les partenaires sociaux, première étape en vue d'une refonte de la loi d'intégration qui date de 2008.

Des contributions pourront être transmises au département de l'Intégration du Ministère de la Famille jusqu'au 26 novembre 2020.

En savoir plus ici.

Voici la lettre de la ministre.

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The Slovak government declared a state of emergency from 1 October 2020 in reaction to a sharp rise in confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. As of 24 October a new series of temporary measures has now been put in place. These include quarantine for the whole country between October 24 and November 1, with exceptions for COVID-19 testing, shopping for everyday food items, going to work or taking children to school. All schools are officially closed, admitting only pre-schoolers and the youngest pupils.

A further measure is the introduction of nationwide testing, which will take place from 31 October to 1 November 2020. There will be 5000 locations for testing spread across Slovakia. Although testing will be voluntary, non-participation will incur a penalty of ten days of quarantine, during which social benefits will not be available (only annual or unpaid leave provided at the employer's discretion will be possible). Violation of the rules, e.g. of the quarantine, may lead to a financial penalty of up to 1 659 EUR.

A second round of testing will take place from 7 to 8 November 2020.

Migrants in Slovakia are allowed to participate in the testing, regardless of the type of residence or visitor permit they hold, once they present themselves with a valid form of identification (e.g. a passport or national ID).

A lack of information targeted at migrants specifically has been the subject of criticism. Important information on nationwide testing, which although being 'voluntary' does bring penalties, was initially communicated only in the Slovak language and only through Slovak media channels and newspapers. None of the official governmental institutions attempted to approach migrant communities with this essential new information.

As a result, leading non-governmental organisations in field of migrant integration - such as IOM Slovakia, Human Rights League and Mareena - as well as English media outlets such as the Slovak Spectator have been very vocal in calling for better COVID-19 information for migrants.

Find further information on new measures in Slovakia here.

Read more about the lack of essential COVID-19 communication to migrants here.

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The Municipal and Intercultural Mediators project promotes social inclusion and fights poverty and discrimination. Through this project the Municipality of Braga works to orient local initiatives towards all local communities, contributing to a better integration of residents,…
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