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31 August 2020 / 135

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  • Don't forget to take part in the EU-wide public consultation on the next Action Plan on integration and inclusion, open to all integration stakeholders by 21 October 2020
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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

29/11/2020 12:00
(Czech Republic (nationwide))
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…
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Latest News

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, increasing the number of classes and venues available, adding also the Qualifica centres to the network of state-run schools and vocational training centres.

In addition to this change, the ordinance introduces other innovations. These include: the involvement of migrant associations and other relevant partners in referring trainees through the High Commission for Migration (ACM), a decrease in both the minimum and maximum number of students per training group, and the greater adaptability of the hours of the courses to the different individuals' needs.

This legislative initiative is part of a revision of the 'Portuguese for All' program, measure of the National Plan for the Implementation of the Global Pact on Migration, approved through a Council of Ministers Resolution no. 141/2019 on 20 August 2019.

See an example of flexible, long-term language learning on the local level in Portugal here. See also a good practice of making Portugal's academic environment more inclusive for students of different languages. 


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Integration Practices Recently Uploaded

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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Latest Funding Information


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 participate in the call.

This call for proposals supports the vision of the Bulgarian Fund for Women for a society where there is no violence, discrimination and inequality, and in which every girl or woman has the possibility to reach their full potential. To obtain this, every girl or woman needs to have equal opportunities and access to resources, quality education and services, and the ability to make informed choices about her personal and professional life and her own body. The call is implemented within the strategic Program for Empowerment of Girls and Young Women aimed entirely at supporting the potential and leadership of adolescents.

This call for proposals does not limit the activities that can be funded. However, their guiding principles must be equality, non-discrimination and the empowerment of girls and women, especially members of vulnerable and/or marginalised groups. It is recommended that the goals and activities set in the projects do not treat the target group as passive beneficiaries, but as active drivers of social change.

The deadline to submit applications is 6 September 2020. Further information and necessary documents are available on the website of the Bulgarian Fund for Women.


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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 measures:

Measure 1:

  • Informing the general public on migration and the integration of third-country citizens (including international protection beneficiaries).
  • Supported activities: production of audiovisual material, organisation of events for the general public, production of publications, organisation of educational programmes (especially with focus on pedagogues and children).
  • The sum allocated for Measure 1: 10 000 000 CZK (ca 382 850 EUR).
  • Minimum duration of the project: 1 year.

Measure 2:

  • Provision of pro-bono legal counselling to third-country nationals who do not fulfill the conditions for entry and/or stay in the territory of the Czech Republic.
  • Supported activities: provision of legal counselling, psychological support, communication with public authorities, language support, raising awareness on voluntary returns, production of information brochures.
  • The sum allocated for Measure 2: 7 000 000 CZK (ca 268 000 EUR).
  • Minimum duration of the project: 2 years.

Measure 3:

  • Increasing intercultural competences of state administration employees and members of security forces.
  • Supported activities: development of an education programme and related methodologies on intercultural competences, migration, development of communication skills, provision of the programme and its evaluation.
  • The sum allocated for the Measure 3: 15 000 000 CZK (ca 574 270 EUR).
  • Minimum duration of the project: 18 months.

The deadline for submitting applications is 18 September 2020. Further information about this call is available in Czech on the Ministry’s website.


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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 support in terms of strengthening multicultural dialogue and tolerance, dismantling prejudices, supporting social cohesion among children of different countries of origin and nationalities, and enhancing regional education.

The deadline for an applications is 7 September 2020; see how to apply here.


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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…
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