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EU Highlights:

  • The European Commission will launch a Call in mid-October for proposals relating to integration and complementary pathways for the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund work programme, the deadline for which will be 16 February 2021.

  • The European Migration Network (EMN) has released its second report on the impact of COVID-19. This latest edition explores the effects of COVID-19 on international students and the responses of states and higher education institutions (HEIs) across the EU and OECD Member States.
  • The European Commission and the European Social and Economic Partners renewed their commitment to the European Partnership for Integration, first signed in 2017, in order to better address the specific difficulties facing migrant workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The European Commission released a five-year EU Anti-Racism Action Plan, acknowledging the need to tackle the underlying problem of structural racism in the EU.

There is still time to implement the EU’s integration policy:

The European Commission's EU-wide public consultation on the next Action Plan on integration and inclusion continues – have your say until 21 October 2020, in all official EU languages.

Upcoming Events

NPICR conference, Prague: We accept, integrate and educate children of migrants

15/10/2020 09:00
(Konferenční sál, Senovážné náměstí 872/25, Prague, Czech Republic)
On October 15 the National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic (NPICR) will hold the fourth edition of its teaching conference. As in previous years discussion will focus on measures taken by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to support children who are migrants or…
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Latest News

Czech Republic: Integration courses may be mandatory for migrants from 2021

According to new regulations proposed by the Czech Republic's Interior Ministry, foreigners seeking long term or permanent residence in the Czech Republic will need to take a mandatory integration course - which before now has been voluntary - from 1 January 2021. These new regulations are currently undergoing legislation and still need to be formally approved by the Interior Ministry.

The course would be four hours long, covering the following topics related to practical life in the country:

  • rights of migrants
  • the education system
  • the processes of recognition of foreign education and qualifications
  • healthcare and housing
  • culture and traditions
  • holidays and celebrations
  • gender equality
  • core values of Czech society.

The Interior Ministry is pushing to make the course mandatory in order to prevent migrants becoming socially excluded. People would be obliged to pay for the course, at a cost of 1 500 CZK (57 EUR). The Interior Ministry expects that 25 000 foreigners would participate in the course each year.

Find further information (in Czech) here.

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UNICEF: Unlocking refugee and migrant children’s potential

As organisations promoting integration across Europe work on facilitating the inclusion and development of migrant children of all ages, it is essential to take into account what these children have to offer their new communities through their passion, resilience and determination. In order to do this their personal journeys must be considered: where they have come from, who they are, and what they hope for the future.

With this in mind UNICEF has created a new video game, based on the real lives of three different children. It aims to help organisations and individuals to better understand the enormous potential that refugee and migrant children bring with them, and how to unlock it.


Play the game on UNICEF's website, or find a preview of it here.

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Portugal: Research project on migration and health during COVID-19 shows the need to reinforce healthcare services

The first comparative study has been made on the consequences of COVID-19 in migrant and native families in Amadora, the most densely populated municipality in Portugal where foreign citizens account for 11.7% of the population. The final results of the study are due to be published soon, but key statistics are already being shared.

The data, collected from 217 migrant families and 203 native families, overwhelmingly demonstrates that migrant families have been more severely impacted by the virus than native families on almost all fronts.

Key findings of the study include:

  • 72% of migrant families stated that their monthly income decreased due to loss of work or decreased wages during the pandemic, while among native families this figure stood at 49%;
  • 46% of migrant families experienced difficulty in securing hospital access during the pandemic, while only 12% of native families did;
  • 39% migrant families had to postpone rent payments, credit instalments or water, gas and electricity expenses during the pandemic, against 23% of native families.

According to researcher Maria do Rosário Martins, the results “show that the situation is difficult for everyone, but it is even more negative for migrant families, who are more exposed to the socioeconomic problems caused by the health crisis". This points to the need to strengthen health services in order to prevent social exclusion.

Also participating in the project were the Group of Health Centres of Amadora (ACES) and the Association of Community Intervention, Social and Health Development (AJPAS), which have both previously collaborated with Maria do Rosário Martins in a project to determine the socio-demographic and economic profile of these 420 families in Amadora. This former project showed that migrants, mostly from Portuguese-speaking countries such as Cape Verde, Angola, Brazil and Guinea-Bissau, "have greater job insecurity, lower median incomes, lower health expenditures, and live in more crowded houses than native families".

For further information on the project and report, click here. Other countries such as Poland, Denmark and the UK have also been researching the specific experiences of minority communities during the pandemic.

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Integration Practices Recently Uploaded

Poland: Integration for Independence

This project provided additional integration support to migrants under international protection in Poland, building on the one-year individual integration programme already being run by The Warsaw Family Assistance Centre. The project offered various activities which focused on furthering…
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Portugal: Mentors for Migrants Programme

This initiative aims to create a network of corporate volunteers (mentors) who are available to provide guidance, orientation or information to migrants (mentees) according to their needs in different areas (eg. achieving qualifications, searching for employment, entrepreneurship, health,…
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Luxembourg: Business MeetUps

The Touchpoints Business MeetUps is a monthly networking event held over a meal, bringing together budding entrepreneurs, employers, migrant jobseekers, established entrepreneurs and key players in the entrepreneurship world.
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Latest Funding Information

Portugal: Deadline extended - AMIF funding for reception facilities

The Portuguese Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) is now accepting funding applications for projects creating reception facilities for refugees and asylum seekers.

The funding will come from the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The total amount available is 1 094 772 EUR.

Successful projects are expected to focus on:

1. The creation or improvement of structures and information systems for the efficient reception and hosting of refugees and asylum seekers;
2. The refurbishing and maintenance of existing facilities or facilities to be created.

Approved projects will benefit from funding covering up to 75% of their total budget, and their duration should not exceed 36 months.

Applications must be submitted electronically by the now-extended deadline of 2 November 2020. For further information funding and requirements or to apply, please visit the official website.

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Latest Documents

Equity in Education? A comparative analysis of educational outcomes among refugee children in the Nordic countries

This report assesses educational performance among refugee children in the Nordic region. The primary study population was made up of people granted residency in the Nordic region as minors (aged between 0–17 years) between 1986 and 2005. These children’s educational outcomes were…
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EMN Annual Report on Migration and Asylum - Sweden

The European Migration Network’s (EMN) 2019 annual report for Sweden includes a chapter summarising the year’s most important developments in the field of migrant integration. These developments include, among other issues, the following:   an additional state grant for…
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