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EU highlights

  • The Urban Agenda for the EU Partnership on Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees published its 2021-2022 action plan. Read more here.
  • Migrant participation has been increasingly hailed as a prerequisite to meaningful policymaking and implementation in the field of integration, and EWSI's latest analysis explores some of the most active migrant-led structures in the 27 EU countries. Read it here.

  • Six projects funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme published the 'Joint migration policy whitepaper: Towards ICT-enabled integration of migrants', a strategic input for shaping future EU migration policy. Find out more here.
  • Integration stressors can serve to compound migrants' existing trauma. Accordingly, at the request of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), the European Parliament commissioned a study on the trauma experienced by refugee women and LGBTQI+ persons before and after their arrival in a EU host country. Read it here.

Upcoming events

SPRING launch conference: Promoting evidence-based communities of practice on migrant integration

The new SPRING (Sustainable Practices of Integration) project focuses on the integration of recently-arrived migrants in Europe, aiming to develop various tools and resources to support the innovation, effectiveness and sustainability of the work of integration stakeholders at national, regional and local levels. This launch conference, to be held online via Zoom, will 'kick-start' a tw…

Countering misinformation: Resettlement and integration programme adaptation and resilience during COVID-19

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is hosting a series of webinars in partnership with the US Mission to the European Union, looking at best practices and experiences from the U.S. and Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, focus is being placed on countering of the spread of misinformation among refugee and migrant populations during crises. The webinar on 8 June will ex…

Conférence de clôture: Improving equality data collection in Belgium (IEDCB)

Le projet « Improving equality data collection in Belgium » (IEDCB) mené par Unia et la Cellule Égalité des chances du SPF Justice, a pour objectif de renforcer et promouvoir la collecte et l’utilisation des données relatives à l’égalité en Belgique. Les « données relatives à l’égalit&eacute…

News

Deutschland: Integrationsbeauftragte will die Vertretung von Migranteninteressen in Zeiten von Corona verbessern

Die Diskussionen über Benachteiligungen von Minderheiten während der Corona-Pandemie beschäftigen die Politik nachhaltig. Die Integrationsbeauftragte des Bundes, Annette Widmann-Mauz, sieht wachsende Benachteiligungen von Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund im Gesundheitswesen, in dem sprachliche Hürden eine große Rolle spielen. Sie sieht den Einsatz von Sprachmittlern in …

Greece: Significant cuts to refugee funding

For the period 2020 - 2027 Greece will be funded by the EU to the amount of one billion euros, for the implementation of migrant and refugee support programmes. This is significantly less than the previous amount granted (3.5 billion euros), which the EU has said is due to reduced refugee flows to the country. The Greek Ministry of Immigration and Asylum, which has clearly stated its objection to…

E-learning courses on migrant and refugee entrepreneurship

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) will be running free e-learning courses on migrant and refugee entrepreneurship throughout 2021. The six-week course, designed in collaboration with with the United Nations Institute for Training and R…

Slovakia: The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on migrants

Slovakia, as well as several other countries, has recently been experiencing a rapid increase in the size of its migrant population. During the last five years this growth has accelerated, growing from approximately 90 000 persons in 2016 to more than 150 000 persons in 2020. By the end of 2020, foreigners with diverse types of residence permits held an almost 3% share of the country's total …

Czech Republic: Vietnamese-Czech blogger nominated for Magnesia Litera award

Young Vietnamese-Czech blogger Do Thu Trang has been nominated - for the third time - for the prestigious Magnesia Litera blog of the year award. Trang's blog, Asijatka, is one of the rare bridges between the Czech and Vietnamese communities: the latter are still largely closed to most Czechs for cultural and linguistic reasons. Her writing ranges from serious topics such as xenophobia to sm…

Denmark: Elderly people with refugee background face increasing poverty

The number of elderly people with a refugee or migrant background is rising across Europe, posing new challenges in health and care sectors. In Denmark, elders with a refugee background comprise an especially vulnerable group, often living in poverty and alone. This vulnerability can be exacerbated by social marginalisation and health problems, and the poverty is expected to worsen due to new Dani…

Funding opportunities

Portugal: Funding call: supporting unaccompanied minors

The High Commission for Migration in Portugal is now accepting funding applications for initiatives promoting the integration of children and young people from third countries who are eligible for international protection in Portugal (under the relocation programme for unaccompanied foreign minors - MENA). This funding opportunity is made available through the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Int…

Portugal: Funding call: studies on TCN integration

Portugal's High Commission for Migration is now accepting funding applications for studies on migration and the integration of third country nationals in Portugal. This funding opportunity has been made available through the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The total amount available is € 500 000. Considering the necessity of deepening current knowledge on the effect…

Portugal: Funding call: promoting a proactive policy of attracting third country nationals

Portugal's High Commission for Migration is now accepting funding applications for projects promoting a proactive policy of attracting third country nationals (TCNs). This funding opportunity is made available through the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The total amount available is € 350 000. Applications cannot present a total eligible investment of less than &euro…

Czech Republic: Open call for proposals for contemporary arts projects focusing on social challenges

The Czech Republic's Ministry of Finance, in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture, the Arts Council Norway and the Icelandic Centre for Research, announced a second open call for project funding proposals. Funding will be granted from the EEA Grants 2014-2021, to high quality contemporary arts activities that constitute the core of cultural and creative industries and creative economy, and a…

Integration practices recently added

MINT - Mentoring for Integration (of third country national children affected by migration)

Recognising 1) that newly arrived third country national (TCN) children and youth are especially vulnerable to social exclusion, 2) the need for the European Union and its Member States (MSs) to implement effective integration measures, and 3) the challenges faced by Central European MSs to fulfil EU commitments, the MINT - Mentoring for Integration (of third country national children affected by …

WATIZAT, un guide pour favoriser l’accès à l’information des personnes exilées

WATIZAT milite pour un accès effectif des personnes exilées à l’information. L’association édite et distribue un guide intitulé « Guide d’information pour les personnes exilées », ayant pour vocation à centraliser dans un document unique et accessible les informations qui peuvent leur être utiles (démarches…

INTERSOS: COVID-19 prevention in informal settlements

In Italy, INTERSOS is involved in information prevention and medical assistance in contexts of social exclusion, particularly in informal settlements. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it has been implementing extraordinary interventions in primary and early prevention of COVID-19, notably in Rome and the Foggia region (Apulia).

Latest documents

Mental health and psychological support for resettled refugees

The publication is meant to help practitioners and host communities understand and address the mental health and psycho-social needs of refugees throughout the resettlement cycle, including in terms of post-arrival integration. The report explores the separate stages of the resettlement process, paying attention to the specific psycho-social stressors refugees may face during each of them. Partic…

Institutional racism in the Netherlands

An analysis carried out by Knowledge Platform Integration & Society (KIS), an institute that conducts social research on behalf of governments and organisations, shows that there is institutional racism in two 'domains' in the Netherlands: the housing and labour markets. The analysis concludes that in both the housing market and the labour market, people with a non-Dutch background have acces…

National strategy on migration of the Republic of Bulgaria 2021-2025

The National Strategy on Migration of the Republic of Bulgaria 2021-2025 has been adopted as the new national strategic document in the field of migration management. The term "integration" has not been included in the title as it was in the previous National Strategy on Migration, Asylum and Integration for 2015–2020. The document outlines national goals: To provide conditions for the r…

France: Migrants en situation de vulnérabilité et santé

Santé publique France publie un dossier consacré à la santé chez les migrants en situation de vulnérabilité, dont les personnes réfugiées. Ceci inclue les déterminants de la santé, l’environnement, la situation socio-économique, l’accès à l’emploi, aux soins, à la prévention, …

Umbrella Inform - The impact of COVID-19 in the migration area in EU and OECD countries

The European Migration Network (EMN) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a new 'umbrella inform' detailing the impact of COVID-19 in the migration area. The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) also provided input. This publication completes a joint EMN and OECD inform series (details below) focu…

A guide - children and the global compacts on refugees and migration

The guide analyses the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees and fleshes out the measures foreseen in them for the protection of children. The guide's purpose is to help (non-)governmental organisations and individuals working on the protection of children in migration to make use of the compacts within their daily work. The guide comes in the…