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European Integration Network members meet for study visit in Norway

On 23 and 24 October 2018, the European Commission and Norwegian authorities held a European Integration Network study visit in Norway with participants from 12 Member States. The study visit gathered 30 people from national and local authorities, NGOs and economic and social partners working on integration policies and projects. Kristin Holm Jensen, the Norwegian State Secretary to the Minister of Education and Integration, opened the visit.

The Norwegian government has made ‘significantly stepping up efforts to promote integration’ one of its six main priorities in 2018. It is currently preparing a new strategy for better integration, with a focus on high labour market participation, education and skills, daily life and sense of belonging and the right to live a life free from negative social control.

During the visit, participants learned about the community development programme of Tøyen and Grønland, two neighbourhoods of Oslo with a high concentration of immigrants and high levels of poverty. Participants also visited the municipality of Drammen and learned about its initiatives to provide free daycare for children in low-income families and support children’s education. The Drammen Integration Centre also provided an opportunity to learn how the municipality organises the settlement and integration process of refugees.

The European Integration Network (EIN) brings together representatives of public authorities from all EU countries, Iceland and Norway. Its primary role is to promote cooperation among EU Member States and to foster dialogue with European, national, local and regional authorities, as well as civil society organisations. Knowledge exchange activities include targeted study visits, peer reviews, workshops and mutual assistance actions on specific integration aspects. This study visit in Norway was the fourth mutual learning activity of the EIN following previous visits in Portugal, Germany and Sweden.

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