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 EU Highlights

€21.5 million now available through AMIF

The European Commission is now accepting proposals through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund to encourage local communities’ efforts in social orientation, promote the integration of migrant women and support integration in the context of private sponsorship schemes. See these and other open AMIF funding calls.

People on the Move

Eurostat has released a new digital publication showing the latest figures on mobility in Europe. With short texts, interactive tools and infographics, People on the Move shows how people are travelling, working, studying and moving around the EU.

Upcoming Events

Birštonas, Lithuania – Festival of discussions BŪTENT! (Makes Sense!)

06/09/2019 09:00
(Various locations in Birštonas, Lithuania)
The festival of discussions BŪTENT! (Makes Sense!) is an annual outdoor festival in Birštonas where people from the spheres of politics, business, academia, culture and NGOs discuss important topics for the development of the state, share ideas and forge new collaborations. More than 90…
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Czech Republic – World Music Festival Barevná Planeta (Colourful Planet) 2019

07/09/2019 13:00
(Mírové náměstí, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic)
The 20th annual world music festival Barevná Planeta (Colourful Planet), organised by the NGO Counselling Centre for Integration, will be held in the centre of Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic on 7 September 2019. The festival offers musical productions from all over the…
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London – Community Sponsorship Networking Event

26/09/2019 17:30
(Migration Museum, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1 7AG London, United Kingdom)
This networking event provides an opportunity for people interested in Community Sponsorship refugee resettlement to find out more and meet others interested in the programme. It will also provide a forum for Community Sponsorship Groups to share their experiences with each other. The event is…
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Dublin – Towards A Humane Asylum Process – MASI Conference 2019

05/10/2019 11:00
(Liberty Hall, 33 Eden Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland)
MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland will host the first national conference led by asylum seekers on 5 October 2019 . MASI is a grassroots organisation of people who are or have been in the asylum and direct provision system in Ireland, working and advocating for justice,…
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Latest News

High Court challenges to Irish naturalisation framework

An Irish High Court ruled on 19 July 2019 that the Minister of Justice was wrong to reject a minor’s application for citizenship based on the ‘poor’ character of the child’s father. Human rights organisations welcomed the court’s decision. However, a week earlier a separate High Court decision upheld the ‘six-week rule’ that was introduced by the Department of Justice two years ago, requiring that applicants for citizenship not leave Ireland for longer than a total of six weeks during the year prior to their application.

Many legal professionals deemed the six-week rule to be potentially unconstitutional and expected it to be challenged. However, in this latest decision the judge not only rejected the challenge but ruled that the law does not permit citizenship applicants to leave Ireland for even one day during the year before submitting their application, which naturally makes it even more difficult for people to gain Irish citizenship.

The Department of Justice issued a public statement of concern as to the impact of this decision, which has been met with a negative reaction online. People wishing to apply for citizenship and those with pending applications were instructed not to cancel any planned trips, as the Department is taking steps to remedy the situation as quickly as possible.

The two High Court cases once again demonstrate the need to reform the legal framework for citizenship. Access to citizenship has been an issue in many High Court challenges throughout the years. The discretionary nature and lack of clear criteria for granting citizenship mean that there are many inconsistencies and arbitrary decisions in the evaluation of citizenship applications. Academics and researchers have provided evidence that this has a negative impact on the integration prospects of migrants living in Ireland, with many living in limbo.

There have been some improvements in the naturalisation process, such as reducing waiting times that historically could take up to four years.  The importance of naturalisation for migrants’ integration was also recognised with the introduction of citizenship ceremonies in 2011. Both the President of Ireland and the Irish Government encourage migrants to become Irish citizens by celebrating new citizens and offering welcoming statements

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Read more about the decision on the six-week rule

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Discrimination in the Dutch labour market needs to be tackled by government and employers

Discrimination against minorities on the Dutch labour market continues to loom large, according to an extensive field experiment by Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam. Even when minority applicants add helpful personal information to their applications, such as good diploma results or statements emphasising their productivity, they get no boost. As the research group led by sociologist Bram Lancee discovered, ‘From this you can deduce that applicants themselves can do little to increase their job opportunities and that the solution is really on the side of employers and the government’.

The researchers sent more than 4,000 letters and CVs from fictitious applicants to real vacancies. The fictitious job seekers’ letters were identical in layout but varied in name, mother tongue, competences and a reference to the applicant’s country of origin. The made-up applicants came from 35 different ethnic minority groups, but all had Dutch nationality and completed their education in the Netherlands. The researchers recorded the varying reactions of employers (and compared them to the reactions toward fictitious native Dutch applicants).

The applications showing a migration background received far fewer positive responses than identically qualified applicants with a native Dutch background, who had a 30 percent greater chance of being approached by employers than candidates with a migrant background. Discrimination against candidates with a Western migration background is somewhat lower; applicants with a native Dutch background were 20 percent more likely to be approached by employers than these candidates.

But for candidates with a non-Western migration background, the disparity grew to 40 percent. Minorities with a background in the Middle East, Africa or Latin America saw the most discrimination, especially those with a Turkish, Moroccan or Antillean background, while employers appeared to be less negative towards minorities of Surinamese origin.

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Zahl der Erwerbstätigen unter den Asylbewerbern in Deutschland steigt

Gut jeder Dritte Asylbewerber aus den Hauptherkunftsländern geht inzwischen einer Beschäftigung nach, teilt das Nürnberger Institut für Arbeitsmarktforschung mit. Sehr viele arbeiten jedoch lediglich als Zeitarbeitnehmer.

„Unter den seit 2015 aus den acht wichtigen Asylherkunftsländern Syrien, Afghanistan, Irak, Eritrea, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Iran zu uns gekommenen Erwerbsfähigen gehen etwa 35 Prozent einer Beschäftigung nach“, erklärt der IAB-Direktor Ulrich Walwei der Zeitung „Die Welt“. „Das sind ungefähr 400.000 Personen, mit steigender Tendenz.“ Im August 2018 waren es noch etwa 306.000 gewesen.

Von den rund 1,2 Millionen Migranten aus diesen wichtigen Herkunftsländern haben den Angaben zufolge jedoch lediglich 44.000 eine Berufsausbildung begonnen. Laut Walwei dürfe man allerdings auch nicht vergessen, wie anspruchsvoll eine Ausbildung häufig sei. Deswegen sei hier noch bessere Unterstützung und Ausbildungsbegleitung nötig.

Unter den 400.000 Asylbewerbern, die eine Beschäftigung gefunden hätten, gingen nahezu die Hälfte einer Helfertätigkeit nach, sagte Walwei. Vier Branchen seien besonderswichtig für die Arbeitsmarktintegration: „Sehr viele sind über Zeitarbeitsunternehmen angestellt, die generell eine wichtige Rolle für den Einstieg für Zuwanderer in den Arbeitsmarkt spielen. Dabei geht es meist um einfache Tätigkeiten in der Produktion. Zweitens sind die sogenannten wirtschaftlichen Dienstleistungen außerhalb der Zeitarbeit wichtig, das ist oft das Reinigungsgewerbe. Zudem sind die Gastronomie und die Landwirtschaft wichtig.“

Das IAB ist das Forschungsinstitut der Bundesagentur für Arbeit.

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Read in English about labour market integration of asylum seekers in Germany

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Municipalities in Slovakia show support for local integration efforts

The importance of integration has begun to resonate at the local level in Slovakia. The municipality of Bratislava hosted an event on 7 August 2019 for migrants from different backgrounds living in the city. The event aimed to send a clear message that diversity is an asset and that Bratislava values the contributions of people from all backgrounds. During the event, mayor Matúš Vallo underscored that Bratislava aims to be an open, tolerant and friendly city for all.

According to the municipality, Bratislava is home to about 34,000 foreigners, which is 8% of the city’s population and nearly one-third of all foreigners living in Slovakia. Third-country nationals in the city mainly come from Serbia, Ukraine, Russia and Vietnam.

The municipality is also involved in the AMIF-supported project KapaCity, which works to improve the integration of migrants at the local level. While Bratislava takes its first steps towards incorporating integration into the municipal agenda, the municipality of Nitra is getting ready to open an information centre for migrants coming to the city for economic reasons. As increasing numbers of economic migrants arrive in Slovakia, migrant integration is likely to gain further importance at the local level. 

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Integration Practices Recently Uploaded

Two Hours A Week – Supporting the inclusion of multilingual children

One day, Pia Sigmund invited a family of Iraqi background to her home for dinner. The parents were born in Iraq, and the two children aged 5 and 7 were born in Denmark. The children had fun playing with puzzles and Legos after dinner. But while they were playing, it struck her that the children…
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Integrating in Val Camonica, Italy

The K-Pax social cooperative, based in the region of the Camonica Valley in Italy, has developed an effective model of asylum seeker reception, based on dispersed accommodation and individualised training paths. However, the cooperative’s distinctive feature has been its strong engagement…
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BONDS – Booster the emotional dimension of social inclusion for immigrant mothers and children

The aim of BONDS was to design and develop a training programme for the social inclusion of refugee and immigrant mothers, caregivers and children, with a focus on developing the emotional dimension. The programme used collaborative comics storytelling and focused on the development of soft…
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Latest Funding Information

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 communities in social orientation and the social and economic integration of migrant women, among other areas related to migration and integration.

Funding priorities

Fostering the integration of persons in need of protection through private sponsorship schemes

The Commission will provide funding through this call to support the integration of persons in need of protection who come to the EU through private sponsorship schemes. These measures will enhance capacity-building and support the design and implementation of pilot schemes on private sponsorship. Find out more

Social orientation of newly arrived third-country nationals through involvement of local communities

Activities supported under this call will involve and support local communities with the aim of facilitating the early integration steps of newly arrived migrants and fostering exchange between migrants and the receiving society, thus contributing to mutual understanding and the building of a more cohesive community. Find out more

Social and economic integration of migrant women

This funding call will promote migrant women’s interaction, feeling at ease and participation in social and political life and/or support their sustainable labour market integration. Find out more

Support to victims of trafficking in human beings

Projects funded through this call may, among other objectives, facilitate the integration of third-country national victims of trafficking into the host society and provide assistance and support to victims of trafficking, taking into account their specific needs. Find out more

Protection of children in migration

This call will fund projects to exchange good practices and/or provide necessary training to implement and support alternative care systems for migrant children, as well as effective alternatives to detention. Find out more

In addition, the Commission will support projects to train experts in the area of asylum and immigration and to raise awareness of the risks of irregular migration in selected third countries and Europe.

More information is available on the EU’s funding portal. The deadline to apply is 30 January 2020 at 17:00 Brussels time for all funding calls.

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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 €29 million will be allocated to address various dimensions of migrant integration. Other funding will be available to address related topics like migration management and social change.