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23 October 2019 / 121

EU Highlights

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

28/10/2019 13:00
(European Youth Centre, Budapest, Zivatar u. 1, 1024 Hungary)
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…
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Tallinn – Shared Language: Integration Through Multilingualism

14/11/2019 09:00
(Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Liivalaia 33, Tallinn, Estonia)
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…
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Vedbæk, Denmark – Nordic Paths to Sustainable Integration

18/11/2019 11:30
(Hotel Marina, Vedbæk Strandvej 391, 2950 Vedbæk, Denmark)
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…
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Latest 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 Women Institute in Portugal (INMUNE). Beatriz Gomes Dias is a high school biology teacher and founder of Djass - Association of Afrodescendants. Romualda Fernandes is a lawyer and a member of the board of the Portuguese High Commission for Migration.

Experts in history and political science as well as civil society leaders have reacted positively to the outcome. Historian Filipa Lowndes Vicente, an expert on the history of colonialism, stated that the election ‘was a very important day, because three black women, progressive, feminist and advocates of an egalitarian, inclusive and tolerant society were elected’. She is optimistic: ‘I see it also as a sign of some maturity in a country that is already able to critically discuss both its colonial past and the many marks that past still has in the present. These faces and voices were needed’.

Professor Inocência Mata, the only black lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, emphasised that this will be an ‘unprecedented, original and historic’ parliament. While the new MPs are not the first non-white MPs, in Mata’s view, the new MPs will bring something new to the parliament and to their parties by pressing on issues that have not received enough attention.

Paulo Mendes, a Cape Verdean with Portuguese citizenship and coordinator of the Platform of Representative Structures of Immigrant Communities in Portugal (PERCIP), noted that the political invisibility of some groups in Portugal was corrected in a democratic and quota-free manner. He further underlined the importance to young black women of having the three new MPs as role models.

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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 than nine months after submitting their request for asylum if there has not been a first instance decision within that time, and the delay cannot be attributed to the applicant.

Currently, asylum seekers are not allowed to work in Lithuania. The proposal would therefore bring Lithuanian regulations in line with the Directive.

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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’immigration. Par ailleurs, il a évoqué un possible durcissement de l’accès à la naturalisation, qui concerne 60 000 personnes par an environ. Il a affirmé que son gouvernement se penchait sur les « critères que nous nous donnons pour vérifier le niveau de langue française des candidats ». « Je pense qu’il faut relever ce niveau », a-t-il dit.

Il a proposé six orientations pour adapter la stratégie de la France en matière d’immigration. Il a précisé que « nous pouvons sans doute faire plus et mieux en matière d’intégration ». Il a indiqué que « l’intégration par le travail est un enjeu majeur » et qu’il faut, à cet effet, simplifier les procédures d’accès au marché du travail et lutter plus fermement contre le travail illégal.

La Ministre des solidarités et de la santé, a pour sa part défendu avec force le système de protection sanitaire des immigrés en vigueur : « Oui, en France, on ne laisse pas des personnes périr parce qu’il leur manque le bon tampon sur le bon document ». Concernant l’Aide médicale d’Etat (AME), elle a cependant annoncé un « plan de lutte contre les fraudes ».

Afin d’éclairer au mieux le débat social autour des questions sur l’immigration, l’Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (INSEE) a souhaité compiler dans une note de presse documentaire, les différents travaux, publications, fichiers produits par l’Institut et certains autres services de la statistique publique sur le sujet des immigrés et étrangers. Ceci pour documenter au mieux, et avec des chiffres que les statisticiens jugent fiables, les débats actuels.

Lire le discours du premier ministre


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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.

Die Vereinigung „Revolution Chemnitz“ sei darauf ausgerichtet gewesen, in Chemnitz und an anderen Orten Mord und Totschlag zu begehen, heißt es in der Anklageschrift. Die Männer sollen im September 2018 in Chemnitz Menschen angegriffen haben, die sie für Migranten hielten, und zudem einen Anschlag am Tag der Deutschen Einheit in Berlin geplant haben. Nun müssen sie sich deshalb wegen der Gründung einer terroristischen Vereinigung vor dem Oberlandesgericht Dresden verantworten.

Die Mitglieder der Gruppe hätten sich bereits zuvor gekannt und gemeinsam Straftaten begangen. Sie seien in der rechtsextremen Szene und in der Hooliganszene gut vernetzt und hätten sich fortlaufend radikalisiert, hieß es.

Beim Verlesen der Anklage zitierte der Vertreter der Bundesanwaltschaft, Michael Glaser, aus Chatprotokollen der Vereinigung. Darin heißt es, dass die Mitglieder von „Revolution Chemnitz“ Andersdenkende und Ausländer „ausrotten“ und dazu „auf die Pirsch gehen“ wollten und „Jagd machen“. Deutlich äußere sich die Gruppe zudem in den Chats gegen die Bundesregierung und ausdrücklich gegen Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU).

Laut Anklage plante die Gruppe zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit am 3. Oktober 2018 in Berlin einen „Systemwechsel“, eine „Revolution mit allen Konsequenzen“. Der „Historische Tag“ war der Bundesanwaltschaft zufolge als „Wendepunkt in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“ geplant.

Spätestens nach den jüngsten Wahlerfolgen der rechtspopulistischen Partei "Alternative für Deutschland" in Sachsen und in Brandenburg steht der Osten Deutschlands bei Ausländerfeindlichkeit und Rechtsextremismus unter besonders besorgter Beobachtung. Es wird von vielen befürchtet, das der politische Rechtsruck immer weitere Teile Deutschlands betreffen und mit immer mehr Radikalisierung - besonders gegenüber Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund - einhergehen wird.

Read in English about the trial of the Chemnitz neo-Nazi group


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Integration Practices Recently Uploaded

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,…
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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…
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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.  
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Latest Funding Information


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 can include activities linked to needs that have arisen in integration projects.

Proposed projects are limited to approximately 10 months in duration, and extension of the project duration will not be possible. All the project's activities must be completed during the project period and the goal of the project must be met at the end of the project.

The deadline to apply is 15 November 2019.

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€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 focus on:

  • Awareness raising and training for teaching and non-teaching staff to promote schools’ active role in the integration of TCNs, as well as in intercultural education and anti-discrimination initiatives
  • Creation or dissemination of teaching and other resources in different languages which would address local education communities
  • Development of local partnerships among actors supporting schools in the integration of migrant students, including in non-educational aspects (for example, in terms of social and health services)
  • Collaborative work between educational organisations, establishing micro-networks and meetings for sharing experiences and best practices

Approved projects may benefit from a maximum co-financing rate of 75 percent, and applications must request a total eligible investment higher than € 30,000.

The duration period of the projects should not exceed 24 months.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 31 October 2019. Further details are available here.


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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 the areas of active citizenship, human rights, social justice and gender equality.

Successful projects will last 3 to 4 years and would achieve one of the following outcomes:

  • Strengthening civil society’s advocacy and watchdog role
  • Empowering vulnerable groups, including refugees and migrants
  • Increasing support for civic education and media literacy

Eligible applicants include Czech non-governmental organisations that are officially registered at least two years prior to the submission deadline of the application.

The deadline for the application submission is 4 November 2019.


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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.