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COVID-19’s impact on migrant communities in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected immigration and asylum procedures and raised questions about how to protect the most vulnerable members of society against transmission. Across Europe, authorities and civil society organisations have made outreach to migrant communities a part of their response to the health emergency. Read about the impact and response in Member States

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Association of Poland's Tri-City area publishes minimum standards for immigrant integration

The Commission for Social and Economic Affairs of the Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area (OMG-GS) announced the publication of its ‘Minimum Standards for the Integration of Immigrants’ on 26 February 2020 during a conference at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk devoted to the issue of immigrant integration. The document contains recommendations for the municipalities of the metropolitan area on how to make the life of immigrants more comfortable and safer.

OMG-GS is a local government association of Tri-City, a metropolitan area in Poland consisting of three cities in Pomerania—Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot.

The authors of the standards highlight the following actions as being priorities:

  • Establishing local teams for integration, consisting of people responsible for education, labour market, culture, social integration, social assistance, security, as well as leaders of immigrant communities
  • Conducting Polish language classes for adults
  • Preparing schools for the reception of children with migration experience
  • Providing immigrants with information and advice on the law on foreigners and legal aid and support in crisis situations

Tri-City is the first metropolitan area in Poland to prepare a set of good practices and ready-made solutions on immigrant integration for local authorities and institutions. Gdańsk, a part of the Tri-City, was also the first city to implement the Model of Integration of Immigrants and to appoint an Immigrant Council, an advisory body to the mayor.

In 2017, the largest Polish cities in the Union of Polish Metropolises committed to cooperation on immigration and integration. The three cities in Pomerania are a good example of the implementation of this commitment.

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European Forum Alpbach scholarships open to all nationalities until 31 March

Scholarship applications for the European Forum Alpbach are now open to young people under the age of 30 (or 35 in the case of African applicants), regardless of their nationality. The forum is an interdisciplinary platform established in 1945 to discuss relevant socio-political issues.

This year’s event will take place in the period of 19 August – 4 September and is dedicated to the social foundations of democracy, cohesion and diversity. The forum’s events will explore those values, as well as issues such as minority rights, hate speech and more, through the prism of art, politics, education, economy, health, artificial intelligence and technology.

Over 650 scholarships are available, with their coverage ranging from participation fees to accommodation and meals. The forum gathers over 5,000 attendees and speakers, striving to connect decision makers from different sectors with young people.

Applications are submitted online here. The deadline is 31 March 2020.

More information is available here, and any queries should be addressed to scholarships@alpbach.org.

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Bundesregierung initiiert Kabinettausschusses zur Bekämpfung von Rechtsextremismus und Rassismus

Corona überschattet das gesamte gesellschaftliche und politische Leben. Dennoch hat das Bundeskabinett nun die Einrichtung eines Kabinettausschusses zur Bekämpfung von Rechtsextremismus und Rassismus beschlossen. Der Ausschuss soll die Umsetzung von Schritten gegen Hasskriminalität und Rechtsextremismus begleiten und Präventionsmaßnahmen vorbereiten.

Die Initiierung eines solchen Ausschusses hatte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) nach dem elften Integrationsgipfel im Kanzleramt Anfang März bereits angekündigt. Die Entscheidung geht unter anderem zurück auf einen offenen Brief von Migrantenverbänden nach dem rassistischen Anschlag von Hanau, in dem ein solcher Ausschuss gefordert worden war.

Auch immer lauter werdende Stimmen aus Politik und Gesellschaft machten diesen Schritt notwendig. So sagte Bundesfamilienministerin Franziska Giffey (SPD) in Anknüpfung an den Integrationsgipfel: "Deutschland hat ein Rassismusproblem". Die Vorsitzende des African Network of Germany, Sylvie Nantcha, lobte die Einrichtung des neuen Kabinettsausschusses, sagte aber auch: "Wir fordern, dass die Bundesregierung entschieden gegen Rassismus und Rechtsextremismus handelt." Die Integrationsbeauftragte der Bundesregierung, Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU), forderte ebenfalls: "Wir müssen Rassismus erkennen, benennen und bekämpfen."

Dem Ausschuss gehören neben dem Bundesinnenminister auch Kanzleramtsminister Helge Braun (CDU), Bundesjustizministerin Christine Lambrecht (SPD), Außenminister Heiko Maas (SPD), Verteidigungsministerin Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU), Bundesfamilienministerin Franziska Giffey (SPD) und Bundesbildungsministerin Anja Karliczek (CDU) an. Weitere Mitglieder sind die Integrationsbeauftragte Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU), Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) und Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert. Damit sitzt im Ausschuss gegen Rechtsextremismus und Rassismus keine einzige Person mit Migrationshintergrund.

Es zeigt sich auch an anderen Stellen, dass Rassismus in Deutschland weiterhin ein viel beachtetes Thema bleibt. So auch im Rahmen des „Internationalen Tages zur Beseitigung der Rassendiskriminierung“, bei dem Sozialverbände und Initiativen für eine offene und vielfältigen Gesellschaft aufgerufen haben. „Unsere Botschaft muss sein: Keinen Millimeter dem Rassismus und der Fremdenfeindlichkeit“, sagte Diakonie-Präsident Ulrich Lilie. Auch Amnesty International verwies auf die anhaltende Bedrohung durch rechte Gewalttaten und betonte, dass der Schutz vor Diskriminierung weiter eine wichtige gesamtgesellschaftliche Aufgabe bleibe.

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Migration: Beyond Prejudices – Connecting with young people to provide a fact-based understanding of migration

Since 2015, the project Migration – Beyond Prejudices (Migrations - au-delà des préjugés), in partnership with Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Conseil Jeunesse Développement (CJD), has organised workshops, web documentaries and games for young…
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AMIF Estonia supports awareness of cultural diversity

The Estonian Ministry of the Interior, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, has announced a call for applications in the field of integration in order to find a partner to create a cross-media programme. The purpose of the project is to introduce Estonians and other permanent residents of Estonia to third-country nationals living in the country, the reasons for their arrival and their experience of living in Estonia. The goal is to improve public knowledge of Estonia’s cultural diversity and of third-country nationals.

The project activities will be implemented from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2022. The total budget will be € 200,000 and is funded 75% from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and 25% from the national budget.

Application deadline: 20 April 2020 at 11:00 EET.

A briefing event for applicants will be held on 19 March 2020. For information on event registration and how to attend, please click here.

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Lithuania – Call for proposals under the EEA Financial Mechanism Baltic Research Programme

The Research Council of Lithuania has announced a call for proposals under the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 Baltic Research Programme. Applications must cover one of the five thematic areas of the call, addressing challenges in the Baltic region.

Two of the thematic areas are directly relevant to migrant integration:

  • Culture, migration and inclusive society
  • Economic, social challenges and innovative society


Eligible applicants are research organisations established in Lithuania that have partners in all Baltic states (Latvia and Estonia) and at least one partner from Norway, Iceland and/or Liechtenstein.

Project requirements

The eligible duration of the projects is 36 months. Project partners may apply for a grant from € 300,000 up to € 1,000,000. The total amount available under this call is € 10,000,000.


Proposals should be submitted by Lithuanian universities and research organisations electronically to the Research Council of Lithuania via the JUNKIS submission system. The deadline for submission of proposals is 3 April 2020 at 16:00.

Further information and requirements are available here.

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Appel à projets national 2020 (France) - Intégration des bénéficiaires de la protection internationale

L’intégration des bénéficiaires de la protection internationale reste un enjeu majeur en 2020 et se traduit par le souhait de la direction de l’asile de poursuivre le développement de nouveaux dispositifs d’accompagnement de ce public.

L’intégration professionnelle des réfugiés est soutenue dans le cadre de l’appel à projets lancé par le ministère du travail en 2019 et financé par le plan d’investissement dans les compétences (PIC). 60 projets ont été retenus et permettront d’accompagner près de 28 000 réfugiés sur les 2 années à venir.

Le présent appel à projets de la direction de l’asile vient en complément de ces initiatives sur les autres volets de l’intégration, en particulier :

  • La sensibilisation à la mobilité géographique, afin de rendre attractifs l’ensemble des territoires de France et assurer une meilleure répartition des réfugiés ;
  • L’accès aux soins, et notamment la prise en charge psychotraumatique des vulnérabilités spécifiques liées au parcours d’exil.

Seront également étudiés les projets favorisant l’accès à la culture, au sport, aux loisirs, et le renforcement des liens avec la société civile (parrainages, plateformes collaboratives favorisant les contacts entre les réfugiés et l’entourage de proximité, ateliers de cuisine, d’artisanat, ateliers numériques...), notamment toutes actions favorisant l’inclusion des femmes dans la vie de la cité.

De plus, les projets permettant de repérer et de mieux prendre en charge les vulnérabilités des demandeurs d'asile et des réfugiés font partie des priorités d’actions.

L’appel à projets est financé sur le programme 104 « intégration et accès à la nationalité française », action 15 « accompagnement des réfugiés ». Il est centré sur des actions innovantes et d’envergure nationale. En complément, des appels à projets régionaux permettent le financement d’actions d’envergure régionale ou infrarégionale.

Dans chacun de ces projets, le porteur s’assurera de développer les moyens mis en œuvre pour assurer la prestation d’interprétariat nécessaire à tout accompagnement de ce public.

Les dossiers, doivent impérativement parvenir au ministère pour le 31 mai 2020 au plus tard. Cette échéance pourra être repoussée en fonction de l’évolution sanitaire.

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Prague – Call for proposals: Inclusion and support of pupils with different mother tongues

Prague City Hall has announced an open call for grant applications within the framework of the European Social Fund’s Operational Programme Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic. This call will support inclusion of children with a different mother tongue in Prague’s pre-schools, elementary and secondary schools.

Eligible applicants for this call are the City of Prague, Prague’s city districts, preschools, elementary schools and secondary schools.

The total amount allocated for the call is 200 million CZK (approximately 8 million EUR). The maximum duration of projects is 30 months.

The application deadline is 26 June 2020.

For all information about the call and application, please visit the website of the operational programme (in Czech).

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AMIF funding in Portugal for training, pedagogical materials and studies

The Secretary General of the Portuguese Ministry of Internal Administration is accepting funding applications for initiatives to train and raise awareness among employees of public and private services that have an active role in welcoming and integrating third-country nationals (TCNs). The call will also support the creation of technical-pedagogical materials to support professionals and studies to define migration policies.

This funding opportunity is made available through the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The total amount available is € 1,178,120.

The successful actions will focus on:

  • Training for employees in national, regional or local public and private services working in the field of migrant integration.
  • Awareness and clarification actions with employees working in different national, regional or local services, both public and private, who directly interact with TCNs, or those with a relevant role in the host community (e.g., schools, municipalities and parishes, security forces, courts of law).
  • Technical-pedagogical resources to support professionals and/or volunteers and institutions that directly interact with TCNs.
  • Research studies and projects (including master’s and doctoral theses) focusing on the hosting and/or integration of TCNs in Portugal.

Approved projects may benefit from a maximum co-financing rate of 75%. The duration of the projects should not exceed 36 months. Applications must be submitted electronically by 21 April 2020.

Application information and instructions are available here.

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AMIF funding in Portugal for social and labour market integration

The Secretary General of the Portuguese Ministry of Internal Administration is now accepting funding applications for social and labour market integration actions, including a focus on employability and entrepreneurship. This funding opportunity is made available through the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The total amount available is € 198,400.

The successful actions will focus on:

  • Training actions for unaccompanied minor refugees in the following areas: active job search techniques, labour legislation, CV writing, job interviews, Portuguese language (focusing on employment contexts), entrepreneurial skills, volunteering (individual or collective)
  • Vocational assessment and guidance (individual or collective)
  • Awareness-raising actions with training centres and potential employers (e.g., on-site visits, visits to business fairs / youth entrepreneurship promotion fairs, sessions held at the facilities where unaccompanied minor refugees live)
  • Coaching

Approved projects may benefit from a maximum co-financing rate of 75%. The duration of the projects should not exceed 36 months. Applications must be submitted electronically by 6 April 2020. Application information and instructions are available here.

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People between the lines – A handbook on migration for (future) journalists

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Social Integration in London: A Snapshot of the Mayor’s Approach

A new report sets out a snapshot of the Greater London Authority’s approach to social integration, updating the 2016 Social Integration strategy ‘All of Us’. The report details work in three core themes—relationships, participation and equality—with further…
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Health and Well-being of Population with a Foreign Background in Finland

This report presents the results of the FinMonik 2018-2019 survey on the health and well-being of the Finnish adult population with a foreign background. In addition, the report describes the need and use of social, health, employment and immigration services, as well as confidence in the…
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