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Hearings for the new European Commission

Now that nominees for the European Commission Ylva Johansson and Margaritis Schinas have addressed the European Parliament, find out what they said in their hearings about migrant integration.

Strengthening refugee resettlement in Europe

The EURITA project, funded by the EU, helps practitioners support the integration of refugees who come to Europe through resettlement programmes. Take a look at EURITA’s resources and opportunities for practitioners.

Upcoming events

Budapest – Differences that Matter: European Conference on Measuring Refugee Integration

The Differences that Matter conference will bring together all partners of the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM), a six-year-long transnational project that launched in 2016 to analyse integration policies for beneficiaries of international protection in 15 EU Member States. Taking place on 28 October 2019 in Budapest, the conference will gather experts from the project, r…

Tallinn – Shared Language: Integration Through Multilingualism

The Integration Foundation invites everyone to the upcoming international conference Shared Language: Integration Through Multilingualism. This conference will take place on 14 and 15 November 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference speakers are experts from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Latvia, Germany, Norway and Estonia. The focus o…

Vedbæk, Denmark – Nordic Paths to Sustainable Integration

The workshop Nordic Paths to Sustainable Integration, organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers, will discuss what Nordic countries have learned in recent years about effective integration policies and measures and how these countries can encourage positive, sustainable development on migrant integration. Thematic discussions will include: Integration in Diverse Societies: How can we create…

News

Three women of African descent elected to Portuguese parliament

Following the 6th October legislative elections in Portugal, three women of African descent will become members of parliament (MPs)—Joacine Katar Moreira of the party Livre (Free), Beatriz Gomes Dias of Bloco de Esquerda (Left Block) and Romualda Fernandes of the Socialist Party. Joacine Katar-Moreira is a researcher at ISCTE (Lisbon’s University Institute) and founder of the Black Wo…

Lithuanian government proposes giving some asylum seekers access to the labour market

The Lithuanian government has submitted legal amendments to the Seimas (parliament) that would give asylum seekers access to the labour market in Lithuania. Under the proposal, asylum seekers whose applications have not been examined within nine months would be able to work in Lithuania. The EU Reception Conditions Directive states that asylum applicants must have labour market access no later th…

Débat sur la politique migratoire à l'Assemblée nationale

L’Assemblée nationale française a abordé lundi 7 octobre le thème de l’immigration. Le débat a débuté par un discours du Premier minister Edouard Philippe sur la politique migratoire de la France. Le chef du gouvernement s’est dit prêt à discuter d’une éventuelle mise en place de quotas sur l’immigra…

Auftakt des Prozesses gegen acht mutmaßliche ausländerfeindliche Rechtsextremisten

Vor dem Oberlandesgericht in Dresden hat am Montag der Prozess gegen die mutmaßliche rechtsextreme Terrorgruppe „Revolution Chemnitz“ begonnen, der bundesweit Aufsehen erregt. Den acht Männern im Alter von 21 bis 32 Jahren wird die Gründung einer terroristischen Vereinigung sowie die Mitgliedschaft darin vorgeworfen, sagte Kai Lohse, der Vertreter der Bundesanwaltschaft…

Funding opportunities

Sweden – Funding opportunity for regional development managers (regionala utvecklingsansvariga)

The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket), a government agency under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, invites Swedish Regional Development Managers (regionala utvecklingsansvariga) to submit proposals for funding. Regional development managers can apply for funding to develop regional skills supply work (kompetensförsörjning). Proposed projects …

€1.1 million AMIF funding for intercultural education in Portugal

Deadline extended! The Portuguese High Commission for Migration (ACM, I.P.) is now accepting funding applications for the design of plans to address the integration of third-country nationals (TCNs) in schools and the surrounding environment. This funding, amounting to € 1.1 million, is made available through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The successful projects will fo…

Czech Republic – 'Change the system' call for proposals under the Active Citizens Fund

Projects strengthening the role of civil society organisations may benefit from €100 to €250,000 through grants from the Open Society Fund Prague and the Committee of Good Will – Olga Havel Foundation on behalf of a consortium of the Active Citizens Fund. The grants aim to strengthen civil society’s role in promoting sustainable, systemic change in t…

European Commission makes €21.5 million available through Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

The European Commission is now accepting applications for funding through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to support the integration of third-country nationals. A total of €21.5 million will be available through the various calls for proposals. For this funding round, AMIF will support integration efforts in the context of private sponsorship schemes, involvement of local …

EU Horizon 2020 programme – Calls for proposals are now open

  The 2018-2020 Work Programme of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme makes migration a priority. During the course of the Work Programme, the EU will allocate €200 million to support investigations on the drivers of migration, migration management and the integration of migrants in host societies.  Calls for proposals are now open for budget year 2020. A total of …

Integration practices recently added

Rossinyol – Intercultural youth mentoring programme in Spain

Rossinyol (Nightingale) is a mentoring project that builds one-on-one relationships between university students and adolescent pupils from different cultural backgrounds who are enrolled in schools located in areas with higher rates of social exclusion. Rossinyol operates in four areas of Spain, with different partners coordinating the project in each area: Barcelona: Servei Solidari Foundat…

Gira Mundo

The municipality of Odemira, Portugal has become much more diverse in recent years. In this changing context, the project Gira Mundo promotes the integration of third-country nationals (TCNs) through the involvement of the local community. The project uses different forms of personal and artistic expression—such as gastronomy, dance, theatre, music and sports—as ways to build relation…

Building inclusive classrooms – Free seminars for educators in Slovenia

The project ‘Only (with) others are we’ (Le z drugimi smo) offers free training seminars for education professionals on topics related to tolerance and diversity in the educational context.  

Latest documents

Sustainable inclusion of migrants into society and labour market

This report examines the different policies and initiatives for the inclusion of migrants in European labour markets and societies, with a focus on integrated approaches to migrants’ inclusion and the EU funding available to support it. The report is a result of an April 2019 conference on the sustainable inclusion of migrants into society and the labour market, organised by the European Com…

Social mixing in the workplace – a review of existing research

The UK-based social integration charity The Challenge has collected and evaluated existing research on social integration and the workplace to understand the evidence demonstrating that workplaces might play an important role in building a more integrated society. The evidence collected in this report can serve as a foundation for further research and policy innovation, by highlighting w…

Mentoring Refugees – A Handbook for Volunteers

This handbook published by the European Resettlement and Integration Technical Assistance Project (EURITA) provides a resource for volunteers who are mentoring refugees or refugee families. The book provides essential information about mentoring, understanding who refugees are and how a mentor can help refugees adjust to life in a new country. The handbook provides volunteers with explanations of…