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EU Highlights:

  • The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has shared the findings of surveys conducted among the beneficiaries of HELIOS, its AMIF-funded integration programme in Greece. The HELIOS programme works to increase self-reliance and support beneficiaries in becoming active members of Greek society, as well as to establish an integration mechanism for beneficiaries of international protection living in Greece. These surveys examined the experiences of participants in the education and accommodation elements of the programme over the last year. View the findings here.

  • The open call for those interested in participating in the 6th meeting of the European Migration Forum, taking place online on 27-28 October 2021, has been extended. The new deadline is 3 September 2021.

Upcoming Events

M8 Alliance webinar on the need for integration of migration health aspects in the education of health professionals

07/09/2021 15:00
The M8 Alliance , an international network of 30 academic health centres created under the World Health Summit, organises a series of webinars on migrant and refugee health . Earlier webinars  this year focused on ensuring the COVID-19 vaccine reaches undocumented migrants, digital…
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Creating the future: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant well-being

07/09/2021 09:30
This online event will present the results of the MigCOVID research study and share information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants in Finland, especially as concerns the perceived health and daily life of and discrimination against those born abroad. Event programme 9:30  …
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6th European Migration Forum meeting

27/10/2021 00:00
The 6th meeting of the  European Migration Forum will take place online on 27-28 October 2021 , having been previously cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The topic of this year's edition is From pandemic to recovery: challenges and best practices in migration management. The…
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Latest News

RefAid app connects migrants and refugees with services in Malta

The new RefAid app is a free, multilingual tool designed to connect non-profit service providers with refugees and migrants in Malta. Live and reliable information on how, where, and when aid is accessible is regularly updated by the organisations providing services themselves.

The app is available in 24 countries across the world, and has now been in use in Malta for two months. It is quick and simple to use - service providers are encouraged to sign up to ensure accurate mapping of all services available in a given location. 

How does it work?

In order to gain accurate and up-to-date information about services available to migrants and refugees, such as food, legal information and volunteering and work opportunities - and much more -, organisations and service providers can regularly update the 'available' aid on the app according to their target users. This allows the app to offer location-based, instant, and reliable assistance to migrant and refugee users.

Further information on the app and how to sign up for it is available here.

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Denmark: Special efforts for COVID-19 vaccination in areas with ethnic minority residents

Since its outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected certain areas in Denmark more than others. Areas in which many residents have an ethnic minority background, such as social housing projects, have seen some of the highest numbers of positive cases.

These areas are now showing some of the lowest percentages of fully vaccinated residents. In the islands and some of the least densely populated areas of the country, by contrast, the percentages are highest. On average, 60% of the Danish population is now fully vaccinated, but in places like Ishøj - situated west of Copenhagen and with a high number of ethnic minority groups - this figure stands at only 50%. The Danish Health Authority has set a goal to vaccinate 95% of the country's population.

Currently, the few in hospital with COVID-19 are mainly young people, aged between 20 and 35. More than half of these have an ethnic minority background, and most caught the virus when travelling to such countries as Spain, Pakistan or Turkey.

According to the mayor of Ishøj, Ole Bjørstrup, ethnic minority citizens are not more hesitant to receive the vaccine than ethnic Danes, rather the issue is that some find it difficult to read the relevant letters (sent in Danish to their digital mailbox) or to book a time slot on the website. In order to mitigate this, health authorities and the municipality are now offering vaccines without having to book in advance in a number of public places in Ishøj, including one of the local mosques.

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Latest Funding Information

Italy: Funding call for projects fighting migrant labour exploitation

Fondazione CON IL SUD launched an open call for proposals for funding from projects that work to prevent and combat the labour exploitation of migrant workers in the agricultural, industrial (i.e., construction; the textile industry) and tertiary (i.e., domestic work; transport; logistics) sectors. A total of EUR 2 000 000 is available.

Specifically, the funding call will support initiatives providing protection and assistance to migrant workers and their families (if present in Italy), promoting regular employment and fostering autonomy and social inclusion.

Eligible initiatives will include:

  • primary health care assistance and socio-legal orientation;
  • training courses focused on professional orientation and labour and social rights;
  • housing opportunities;
  • organisation of meetings between migrant and native communities;
  • awareness and orientation activities in relation to regular employment for local companies;
  • involvement of local administrations, companies, trade union and third organisations in promoting and consolidating territorial support networks;
  • advocacy activities able to have an impact on local and national policies related to the labour exploitation of migrants.

The application process comprises two phases. In the first phase, a detailed project proposal must be submitted before 17 September 2021, 13:00. In the second phase, selected project proposals may be redefined on the basis of a dialogue with Fondazione CON IL SUD.

Each chosen project will receive a maximum of EUR 500 000 and must have a planned duration of between 36 and 48 months.

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Latest Documents

ZARA Racism Report 2020: Analysis of racist attacks and structures in Austria

ZARA - Civil Courage and Anti-Racism-Work  is an Austrian NGO, founded in 1999, providing counselling to victims and witnesses of racist incidents. In its annual racism report, ZARA publishes a broad selection of racist incidents from all spheres of life in Austria that have been…
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Hate Crime in Österreich. Konzept, Rechtsrahmen, Datengrundlagen, Verbreitung und Auswirkungen von vorurteilsmotivierten Straftaten

Der vorliegende Forschungsbericht ist das Ergebnis einer zweijährigen wissenschaftlichen Begleitung der Einführung und Umsetzung der polizeilichen Dokumentation von vorurteilsmotivierten Straftaten in Österreich. Solche Straftaten sind in Österreich nun durch Polizist:innen…
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