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  • A first comparative look into how states managed residence permits and unemployment among migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic, published by the European Migration Network (EMN) together with the the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Upcoming events

Czech Republic – Next Door Family 2020

On 29 November 2020,  Sunday, the Next Door Family project will bring Czech and foreign families together for a lunch. Grouped in pairs of one Czech and one migrant family, the participants will have lunch at one of their homes, under the guidance of an assistant. The Next Door Family project, which began in 2004, has proven to be an effective and innovative tool for the integration of forei…


Portugal steps up language training availability

A new programme of language courses in Portuguese - Português Língua de Acolhimento - were established with an ordinance published in the Portuguese State Gazette on 5 August. This new language training has been adjusted to specific learning needs of migrants as a way to promote social inclusion and cohesion. The ordinance brings significant changes to the resources available, increa…

Funding opportunities

Bulgaria: Call for proposals to support girls and young women

The Bulgarian Fund for Women has published a call for proposals for projects which aim to support girls and young women in Bulgaria. The total budget of the programme is 50,000 BGN (25,000 EUR) and each project can apply for up to 5,000 BGN (2,500 EUR). Only organisations registered under the Law on Non-Profit Legal Entities (Non-Profit Legal Entities) and for public benefit are eligible to partic…

Czech Republic: AMIF call to support information on migration and integration

The Czech Interior Ministry has announced the 29th open call for proposals within the framework of its National Programme of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). Qualified applicants include NGOs, public administration bodies, intergovernmental organisations, public universities, research organisations and local authorities. The Ministry is accepting proposals within three specific …

Slovakia: Funding for educational support for minority students

The Slovak Ministry of Culture, Science, Research and Sport allocated 48 000 euro for projects supporting students of minority backgrounds. Proposals should be submitted as part of the special programme 'Support of the regional and multicultural education of pupils belonging to minorities 2020'. The funds are earmarked for primary and secondary schools. Proposals should focus providing …

Integration practices recently added

The ANKAA Project: recognising migrants' skills

The ANKAA Project providing vocational training to the unemployed in Athens, Greece.  The objective of the project is to offer its members the tools to create sustainable livelihoods and rebuild their lives in a dignified manner, true to their personal aspirations. At the same time, the project achieves its goals through the community it creates. Together, the project particip…

The Fipoh project: multilingual information on mental health

The Fipoh project had two main purposes: to improve the mental health of refugee children and adolescents by encouraging their expression, enhancing their participation in society, and to increase knowledge about mental health through modern, digital resources created by the project's participants. Image: Fipoh logo The project was run by the Glokala Folkhögskolan, an adult eduction …

The Volunteer Language Friends project (COVID-19 related)

The Volunteer Language Friends project gave learners of the Estonian language a chance to communicate with volunteer mentors, as well as student peers, online during the COVID-19 emergency lockdown when the regular language classes provided by the state-run Integration Foundation (Integratsiooni Sihtasutus) had to be cancelled. Image: Integratsiooni Sihtasutus logo

Trovoada de ideias: linguistic and social inclusion of Portuguese-speaking African students

Trovoada de ideias (or brainstorming in Angolan Portuguese): linguistic and social inclusion of Portuguese-speaking African students in Portuguese higher education, is an action research project. It is dedicated to the linguistic and social inclusion of Portuguese-speaking African international students within the Portuguese higher education system. The project is based on the recognition an…

Friends Show the Way (Venner Viser Vej)

Evidence has shown that personal friendships and voluntary support are crucial for the integration of refugees. With this in mind, the Danish Red Cross and the Danish Refugee Council are running a project in collaboration with municipalities, language schools and social housing administrators with the goal of matching local volunteers or families with refugees – both newcomers and those who …

Microcredits: Barcelona's self-funding community of migrant women entrepreneurs

Run by the Servei Solidari Foundation since 2016, the Microcredits project strives to alleviate the social and financial vulnerability and foster the entrepreneurial ambitions of migrant women based in or around Barcelona. The initiative achieves this through the provision of microcredits, technical guidance and social support, while also creating a community. The Servei Solidari Foundaion is als…

Latest documents

Minority communities in the time of COVID and protests - A study of BAME opinion

The HOPE Not Hate Charitable Trust published a survey on BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) opinion looking at a range of social issues, including the Black Lives Matter (BLM) anti-racism protests, historical racism in the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic, inter-community relations and more. The survey found that: Racism continues to shape the experiences of minority ethnic people…