Danube Region Information Platform for Economic Integration of Migrants (DRIM)
Across the Danube region
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Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
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The Danube Region Information Platform for Economic Integration of Migrants (DRIM) has developed an interactive web platform aimed at migrants and integration stakeholders. The project aims to support migrants’ economic integration and access to information and improves the capacity of public institutions in promoting fair access to employment, work and skills enhancement.
Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption
DRIM aims to improve information-sharing among public institutions in responding to the needs of migrants in the Danube region. The expected short-term impact of the project is improvement in the response of local and national authorities in supporting economic integration, easier access to employment for migrants and renewed trust in public authorities.
The long-term challenge for the project is the construction of an effective information infrastructure for migrants throughout the Danube region, with corresponding improved capacities of public institutions in ensuring a smoother integration process that leads to social change.
How does it work
The project proceeds along four main steps:
- Development of a conceptual framework for information-sharing and development of the interactive information tool Danube Compass
- Pilot testing of the web platform
- Development of a strategy to promote and mainstream information-sharing in Danube region countries as a necessary component of migrants’ access to employment
- Dissemination of the Danube Compass platform among as many beneficiaries as possible and encouraging regular use of the platform
The Danube Compass platform aggregates information from diverse sources in each participating country—Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The web platform provides user-friendly guidance for migrants seeking information relevant to a wide range of life situations. The organisation of the platform features six main sections—work, health, arrival and stay, education, daily life and language learning. For each country, information is available in several languages, based on the main language needs in that country.
Besides information, the platform also provides useful documents, applications, links, contacts and maps. The platform can be used by both third-county nationals and migrants from within the EU, and it can also assist local and national authorities and organisations working with migrants as a unique tool for their day-to-day work.
An additional advantage of Danube Compass is its transnational structure, which is compatible across eight different countries for mobile workers in different national contexts. This transnational approach allows the platform to better respond to transnational challenges.
The Danube Compass website launched as a pilot version in June 2018 and began full operation in September 2018. The platform has reached its main goal of becoming a regular tool for at least 1,500 users and aims to continue gaining new and regular users.
The DRIM project has also published research on contemporary migration and integration:
- Globe in Motion – Patterns of International Migration
- How to Set Up an Information Platform for Migrants – a handbook for organisations and institutions involved in the integration of newly arrived migrants
- Catalogue of Best Practices in the Field of Migrants’ Access to Information
Another output of the project was the organisation of a scientific conference on contemporary migration held in October 2018 in Bratislava.
The project is evaluated through a quality management process that ensures both the quality of the work and its impact. The project has an external quality manager who has assessed its outputs across different stages of the project.
Who will benefit?
The project targets two main beneficiary groups. The first group are organisations that have regular contact with economic migrants, such as local and national authorities and NGOs. The second target group are economic migrants themselves.
Source of funding and Resources used
Funding for DRIM came from the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme in the amount of €1,522,169. The project is implemented by a consortium of partners across the participating countries.