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Slovakia: Funding for educational support for minority students

Slovakia: Funding for educational support for minority students

10/08/2020

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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Call for applications: online democracy summit for migrant and refugee leaders

06/08/2020

Applications are now open for the Transatlantic Migrant Democracy Dialogue's (TMDD) digital Helsinki 2020 Democracy Summit: Alliance Building, designed for accomplished migrant and refugee leaders living in Europe.

The Transatlantic Migrant Democracy Dialogue (TMDD) is a network of diverse migrant and refugee leaders and community organisers from Europe and the United States working together since 2016.

TMDD's Democracy Summits aim to connect migrant organisers and leaders across the Atlantic to share good practices and learn from each other. This year's overarching theme is alliance building. The Summit will kick off online with workshop sessions to be held between 15 -18 September and the closing will take place in November. The online discussions, working groups and keynote speeches will take place in the late afternoon Central European Time (CET). The sessions will last a maximum of three hours per day.

Why to apply?

  • You will become part of the TMDD network: a transatlantic network of migrant and refugee leaders in Europe and the US.
  • You will connect with migrant organisers and leaders across the Atlantic to share good practices and learn from each other.
  • You will benefit from one-on-one discussions with experienced community organisers and workshops on strategic communications, political participation and community organising.

The deadline to complete applications is 23 August 2020.

The application can be found on this Google Doc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recently, the European Commission also asked experts of migrant background to have their say in the future EU integration policies - see more here.

Dutch survey: 55% of applicants face job market discrimination

Dutch survey: 55% of applicants face job market discrimination

04/08/2020

A survey conducted by Motivaction on behalf of the Dutch National Job Board (Nationale Vacaturebank) reveals that discrimination is still a prevalent issue for people working in the Netherlands. Age, sex and racial discrimination in particulqr remain a major issue on the labour market, according to a survey among 2 100 respondents.

New research has revealed that 55 percent of people in the Netherlands have faced discrimination at some point throughout or after the job application process. The percentage rises to 85 among the unemployed, RTL adds

The researchers also looked into whether job applicants were questioned about issues other than their work and educational experience, finding that questions about pregnancy and skin colour were relatively common. One respondent recalls he was asked if he felt 'more Dutch than Surinamese'; others were asked why they were not married.

At the same time, six out ten employers included in the survey say they did not think it was necessary for their companies to follow specific policies to increase workforce diversity. 

This autumn, a law requiring employers to tackle discrimination will go through a final revision. If adopted, employers turning a blind eye to discrimination could face a fine of up to 4 500 euros. 

Read more here.

Lithuania: Lithuanian government stops relocation of Syrian family quoting COVID-19

Lithuania: Lithuanian government stops relocation of Syrian family quoting COVID-19

30/07/2020

Lithuania's cabinet of ministers blocked the resettlement of a Syrian family to the country, quoting COVID-19 risks. At the same time, it has allowing several third-country basketball teams to enter the country for training camps.

These decisions comes at the backdrop of the government closing national borders earlier this year, prohibiting foreign nationals from entering Lithuania, with limited exceptions and unless they have a valid long-term residence permit. 

The proposal to relocate a Syrian family of two adults and three underage children from Jordan to Lithuania was opposed by Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevičius, currently standing in for the interior minister. The cabinet also refused entry to an Egyptian man who wanted to be present for the birth of his child.

Lithuania has agreed to accept 1 077 persons through the EU's refugee relocation mechanism by late June 2021. So far, around 500 people have been relocated, and most have since left Lithuania for other countries in the EU.

Read more here.

Latvia: After mandatory tests, no clarity who covers COVID-19 quarantine for migrant workers

Latvia: After mandatory tests, no clarity who covers COVID-19 quarantine for migrant workers

30/07/2020

Although testing for the novel coronavirus was made mandatory for guest workers in Latvia earlier this week, no guidelines have been provided for arranging the quarantines mandatory for those who have tested positive. The responsible ministries say that the arrangements depend on an agreement between the employers and the migrant workers.

Some ministries have said they will not require the employers to ensure conditions necessary for quarantining, while others - that it is the responsibility of the guest workers, as they are the ones who may lose their visas or residence permits if regulations for quarantine are not followed.

Employers have expressed concern about a possible increase in expenses if they need to arrange for the quarantine measures themselves, adding not all had the resources or facilities to ensure isolation of workers in the first place.

Bundesregierung will Arbeitsmarktintegration verbessern

Bundesregierung will Arbeitsmarktintegration verbessern

29/07/2020

Der Zugang zum Arbeitsmarkt stellt eine zentrale Hürde für viele Migranten dar - vor allem für Frauen. Corona verschärft die Situation nochmal. Die Bundesregierung will nun entsprechende Maßnahmen ergreifen.

Die Bundesregierung will konkrete Schritte zur gezielten Integration von Migranten beschließen – dies betrifft insbesondere die Zielgruppe der Frauen und deren Integration in den Arbeitsmarkt. Die berufliche Integration von Frauen wird in der aktuell von Corona geprägten Zeit als besonders herausfordernd und zugleich ganz zentral für eine erfolgreiche Integration insgesamt gewertet. Um Fortschritte zu erreichen, möchte die Regierung den Nationalen Aktionsplan Integration erweitern und die geplanten Schritte so konkretisieren.

Der Nationale Aktionsplan Integration der Bundesregierung dient dazu, vorhandene Integrationsansätze in einer bundesweiten Strategie zu bündeln. Über 300 Akteuren aus Staat und Zivilgesellschaft sind in diese Maßnahme involviert.

„Die Hälfte aller neuen Jobs wurde in den letzten fünf Jahren von ausländischen Staatsangehörigen ausgeführt“, sagte die Staatsministerin für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration im Kanzleramt, Annette Widman-Mauz, der F.A.Z. Das gehe vom Bauarbeiter bis zur Chefärztin. Mit den Verbesserungen im Nationalen Aktionsplan ziele man auf Integration „vom ersten Tag an“.

Konkret plant die Bundesregierung beispielsweise neue Sprachförderungsformate, digitale Beratungsangebote und die Verbesserung der Anerkennungsprozesse von Berufs- und Bildungsabschlüssen.

Die Staatsministerin für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration im Kanzleramt, Annette Widman-Mauz, erläuterte gegenüber der F.A.Z., weshalb gerade Frauen derzeit besonders adressiert werden müssen: „Die Erfolge bei der Integration in Ausbildung und Arbeit dürfen durch Corona jetzt nicht riskiert werden“, sagte Widmann-Mauz. Unter Corona würden gerade Frauen mit Migrationsgeschichte ganz besonders leiden: „Oft tragen sie Verantwortung für Kinderbetreuung und arbeiten in prekären Strukturen, hinzu kommen Sprachbarrieren“, so Widmann-Mauz.

Daniel Terzenbach, Vorstandsmitglied der Bundesagentur für Arbeit, unterstreicht die besonderen Bedarfe von Migrantinnen: „Viele Frauen mit Einwanderungsgeschichte sind nur wenig darüber informiert, wie sie den Berufseinstieg in Deutschland schaffen können oder welche Voraussetzungen dafür im deutschen Berufsbildungssystem wichtig sind“, äußerte er gegenüber der F.A.Z. Sie hätten oft auch keine Kenntnisse über die Beratungsangebote der Arbeitsagentur oder Jobcenter.

Mit dem Projekt „Fem.OS“ will die Bundesregierung daher ein Beratungssystem etablieren, das Migrantinnen mit Hilfe von sozialen Medien mit vielfältigen Informationen versorgt, die ihnen sonst fehlen. Von der Unterstützung beim Eintritt in den Arbeitsmarkt bis hin zu Fragen der Kinderbetreuung sollen alle wichtigen Themen aufgegriffen werden – zunächst online und später in einer persönlichen Beratung.

Latvia: guest workers now subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing

Latvia: guest workers now subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing

29/07/2020

The Latvian government decided on mandatory COVID-19 tests for guest workers upon their arrival to the country, as well as at the end of their first week of stay. Guest workers from countries with high COVID-19 risk must also be tested for the infection before starting work. Until a negative result comes back, work migrants must stay in self-isolation. 

The proposal came after five guest workers from Uzbekistan were infected with COVID-19 last weekend. 

However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SPKC) does not believe that guest workers significantly increase the spread of the virus. Since the end of the emergency situation on 10 June 2020, 672 guest workers have entered Latvia, most of whom employed in seasonal jobs in agriculture, and only five have been infected with the novel coronavirus. The infected workers were tested at initiative of the employers and had not yet started work. 

This regulation comes a mere week after new rules were put in place allowing the revocation of already-issued or requested temporary residence permits and visa if third country nationals breached pandemic prevention measures such as imposed self-isolation.

Menschenrechtsinstitut fordert eine Auseinandersetzung mit Racial Profiling bei der Polizei

Menschenrechtsinstitut fordert eine Auseinandersetzung mit Racial Profiling bei der Polizei

28/07/2020

Das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte hat sich in einer Stellungnahme für eine Prüfung der polizeilichen Praxis des Racial Profilings ausgesprochen und sich hier deutlich positioniert: „Die Methode des Racial Profiling ist grund- und menschenrechtswidrig“, kritisierte die Institutsdirektorin Beate Rudolf bei der Vorstellung des Papiers. „Eine (selbst-)kritische Auseinandersetzung mit polizeilicher Praxis sollte im Rechtsstaat selbstverständlich sein.“

Hintergrund für die Stellungnahme ist, dass die Europäische Kommission gegen Rassismus und Intoleranz des Europarates dem Bund und den Ländern im März 2020 empfohlen hat, eine Studie zur polizeilichen Praxis des Racial Profiling in Deutschland in Auftrag zu geben, um diese sehr gängige Praxis einzudämmen. Ob diese Empfehlung umgesetzt wird, ist seitdem Gegenstand zahlreicher politischer und gesellschaftlicher Debatten.

„Eine ernsthafte Auseinandersetzung mit Racial Profiling in Deutschland ist dringend erforderlich. Ein wesentlicher Grund für die Praxis des Racial Profiling ist darin zu sehen, dass es polizeiliche Ermächtigungsnormen gibt, die eine solche Praxis befördern“, betont das Institut für Menschenrechte. Insgesamt stelle Racial Profiling die Zugehörigkeit Einzelner zur Gesamtgesellschaft infrage, was sich negativ auf deren Partizipation auswirken können. „Zudem verlieren die Betroffenen das Vertrauen in die Polizei und in den Staat insgesamt“, mahnt das Institut in seiner Stellungnahme.

Die Institutsdirektorin Rudolf unterstreicht, dass das Gewaltmonopol des Staates strikt an die Grund- und Menschenrechte gebunden ist. „Eine diskriminierungsfreie polizeiliche Praxis ist deshalb auch im Interesse der Polizei. Sie ist auf das Vertrauen aller Menschen in unserer Gesellschaft angewiesen.“

Mit der Stellungnahme greift das Institut für Menschenrechte einen Diskurs auf, der u. a. an die Black Lives Matter-Bewegung anknüpft sich bereits in mehreren Protesten gegen die polizeiliche Praxis des Racial Profiling niedergeschlagen hat.

Czech Republic: Call for proposals to operate regional integration centres

Czech Republic: Call for proposals to operate regional integration centres

24/07/2020

The Czech Interior Ministry has announced the 28th open call for proposals within the framework of its National Programme of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

The Ministry is accepting proposals aiming to operate regional integration centres for third country nationals in the regions of Ústí nad Labem, Hradec Králové, South Moravia and in the City of Prague in the 2021-22 period.

The regional integration centres make up the pivotal fundament of Czech regional integration infrastructure as defined in the national integration strategy.  

The integration centre must provide the following activities:

  • Information for foreigners and the majority population (including public administration bodies) free of charge.
  • Free social and legal counselling.
  • Czech language, socio-cultural courses and interpretation services.
  • Intercultural dialogue, awareness-raising campaigns and cultural events.
  • Field social work and monitoring of new developments concerning the target group.
  • Organisation of a regional platform of actors in the field of foreigners’ integration.

The call is open to private and non-governmental actors, as well as local and regional authorities. The total allocation provided is 95,000,000 CZK (approximately 3,620,000 EUR). 

The deadline to submit applications is 15 September 2020.

Further information is provided in Czech through the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

Portugal: AMIF funding to attract third-country nationals

Portugal: AMIF funding to attract third-country nationals

24/07/2020

The Portuguese Ministry of Internal Administration is now accepting funding applications for projects to develop a proactive third-country nationals (TCN) attraction policy with a focus on employment.


This funding opportunity is made available through the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The total amount available is €1 000 000.


The successful actions will focus on:

  1. Measures to attract those TCNs whose skills correspond to the needs of the Portuguese labour market, as well as those who, through their talent and entrepreneurial actions, would help create further job opportunities and advance research and development;
  2. Information and communications activities in the countries of origin, promoting regular migration, providing information on job opportunities, entrepreneurship, study, research and sports in Portugal, as well as promoting the prevention and combating of irregular migration and its harmful consequences such as violence, exploitation and trafficking of human beings;
  3. Creation or improvement of information systems in the country of origin in order to facilitate the future reception, integration, as well as the combating of various forms of exploitation and violence against TCNs in the Portuguese society;
  4. Creation of local networks integrating different actors such as municipalities, business associations, NGOs, universities, and schools; these actors should implement the actions above

Approved projects may benefit from a maximum co-financing rate of 75 percent and the eligible investment can not be smaller than €100 000.

The duration of the projects should not exceed 30 months.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 25 August 2020. For all information about requirements and applications, please visit the website of the calls for proposals.