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European Web Site on Integration - December 2020

EU Highlights

As 2020 draws to a close, we say goodbye to a challenging twelve months and look forward to the opportunities presented by a new year. The EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion will guide integration efforts over 2021 - 2027, so with this final newsletter of the year we share a short video to make sure you know everything you need to about the Action Plan.

Watch our video here!

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In case you missed it: the Canada-EU Migration Platform, dedicated to the integration of migrant women, wrapped up on 18 December with a live streamed event. Catch up here on EWSI to see migrant women speakers Anila Noor and Iman Daboussy, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino. 

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We wish you all a very happy winter break and look forward to being in touch again in January 2021!

News

Podcast: Integration Stories episode 1, Canada-EU Migration Platform

Lisez la version française ici. As part of this year's edition of the Canada-EU Migration Platform, two special podcasts are produced to enrich the conversation on the integration of migrant women. Listen below to Integration Stories episode 1: Meeting with two representatives of organisations supporting migrant women in Sweden and Canada with Mercy Lawluvi and Nigar Ibrahim,&nbs…

La formation continue des formateurs du contrat d’intégration républicaine

La formation continue des formateurs du parcours d'intégration républicaine a été renforcée en France. Le Ministère de l'intérieur donne de plus amples informations : La formation civique obligatoire Dans le cadre du contrat d’intégration républicaine (CIR), les étrangers primo-arrivants bénéficient d&rsquo…

The Netherlands: New Civic Integration Act delayed until 1 January 2022

The Netherlands' new Civic Integration Act was due to take effect on 1 July 2021, but this date has now been pushed back to 1 January 2022. From 1 January 2022 onwards, municipalities will be responsible for the integration of their newcomers. The expectation of this new law is that it will allow newcomers to learn the Dutch language more quickly than they do now, as well as to gain work experien…

UK: Shortlist announced for the 2021 Community Integration Awards

The 2021 Community Integration Awards aims to recognise the inspirational ways in which migrant, refugee and 'settled' communities are coming together to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the UK, ordinary communities are coming together to advance integration, often with few or no resources. New links are being forged to help address isolation, inequality and ongoing need as…

Together, Moving Forward Programme: Call for youth volunteers

Together, Moving Forward (TMF) is seeking volunteers to make up a youth / student-led coordination team for World Refugee Day 2021. The TMF programme - part of the European Students' Union (ESU) - supports local projects across 20 countries, empowering students to develop creative solutions to overcome educational barriers and reshape the narrative behind migration. Through this call it will crea…

Funding opportunities

Portugal: Funding call for migrant associations

Portugal's High Commission for Migration is now accepting funding applications for projects being run by migrant associations in 2021. Only those associations legally recognised by the High Commission for Migration are eligible. The call comprises three thematic strands: hosting and accommodation, enhancement of diversity and recognition of merit. The funding, 250 000 EUR in total, has been made …

Czech Republic: Open call for projects in domestic and gender-based violence

The Ministry of Finance announced an open call for proposals from projects focused on establishing new, specialised services for victims of gender-based violence. Funding will come from the Norway Grants 2014-2021 . The objective of the call is to strengthen the capacity of the system for preventing and combatting domestic and gender-based violence. This is in response to a long-term shortag…

Czech Republic: Funding opportunity from Education Ministry in support of minority education

The Czech Ministry of Education opened its 2021 grant programme for non-governmental organisations working in the education of children from minority backgrounds. The programme seeks to support education delivered in the various languages of minority groups, the education of children from minority cultural and language backgrounds and multicultural education, as well as education that fights agai…

Integration practices recently added

Sweden: Socially inclusive soccer for girls

A local soccer club in Skellefteå in Sweden runs TUSS, a successful project enabling young girls who would normally not join a sports club to play soccer. The project's defining feature is its accessibility: it provides children who would otherwise be unable to afford to join such a club with the opportunity to do so. For the majority of participants, TUSS is the first contact they hav…

1001 Sprache auf www.bilingual-picturebooks.org

Bei dem Projekt '1001 Sprache auf www.bilingual-picturebooks.org' schreiben und illustrieren Kinder und Jugendliche für Kinder Bilderbücher. Ein Netzwerk von ehrenamtlichen Übersetzenden übersetzt die Geschichten in ihre persönlichen Erstsprachen. Auf der Internetseite können Familien, Schulen, Kindergärten oder Flüchtlingsinitiativen oder jeder andere, die …

Jobbsprånget: Fast tracking employment for migrants in engineering, architecture, business and science

Jobbsprånget offers a fast track to employment for newly arrived migrants in Sweden who have an academic degree in engineering, architecture, business or science.  Jobbsprånget ('job leap'), is run by The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). The Academy comprises 1 300 elected Swedish and foreign fellows. IVA’s network includes decision-makers and exper…

Humanitarian Reception Programme

The Humanitarian Reception Programme, run by Movimiento por la Paz (Movement for Peace) carries out various activities to support the practical and social requirements of migrants in vulnerable situations and at risk of social exclusion. This includes guaranteeing the coverage of basic housing and maintenance needs, and offering individualised assistance with healthcare and social / cultural …

Latest documents

Outcomes Report: Canada-EU Migration Platform on the Integration of Migrant Women

The EU and Canada organised a series of events as part of their Migration Platform dedicated to the integration challenges and opportunities faced by migrant women on both sides of the Atlantic.  This outcome report presents a detailed note on the topics covered during the Migration Platform events. The document also brings important and recommendations for future actions.  …

France: La perception des discriminations dans l’emploi

Depuis plus de dix ans, le Défenseur des droits et l’Organisation internationale du travail (OIT) réalise annuellement une enquête sur la perception des discriminations dans l’emploi auprès d’un échantillon représentatif de la population active. Cette 13e édition de l’enquête explore les enjeux d’interdépen…

UK: The Social Cohesion Investment: Local areas that invested in social cohesion programmes are faring better in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic

This report presents findings from the research project Beyond Us and Them, carried out by the University of Kent and Belong - the Cohesion and Integration Network. The research has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation and explores social cohesion during the COVID-19 crisis. The report presents key findings on trust and cohesion, gleaned from comparison of six local authority areas th…

Cities and migrants: Implementing the Integrating Cities Charter

The fourth Integrating Cities report, Cities and migrants: Implementing the Integrating Cities Charter, provides direct insight into how cities are integrating migrants today. It gives an overview of the relevant EU policy context, national developments, the impact of COVID-19, and local action taken in cities over the last two years. While integration practices vary between cities acco…

The Economic Impact of Immigration in Belgium

The National Bank of Belgium published a report entitled 'The Economic Impact of Immigration in Belgium'. At the request of the Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt (2018), this report provides an overview of the economic impact - in terms of transfers to and from the State - of immigration in Belgium, relying on statistical analysis. The authors draw on various national and internation…