Integration of Migrants in Europe: the Centre examines innovative working practices
The integration of migrants in Europe has become a fiercely debated topic. Although “integration” can be understood in many ways, depending on the country and context, it is generally defined as “the process of mutual adaptation between host society and migrant”. It implies a sense of obligation and respect for a core set of values that bind migrants and their host communities.
The integration of migrants in Europe is considered essential as a way of providing economic and cultural benefits, and as a way of ensuring Europe’s security and stability as a whole.
Activism on migrant integration in European cities has produced a wealth of practical experience and knowledge. Work around consolidating and sharing that good practice, however, is less common. Over the last few years, different policy-oriented networking initiatives, targeting local integration authorities, have been launched. However, the overall capacity to trigger concrete processes of policy improvement or induce sustainable policy transfer is still insufﬁcient.
To address this problem, the Centre is leading a consortium providing a unique training academy, the European Migrant Integration Academy (EU-MIA).
EU-MIA is a research-based co-operative learning and training initiative that involves public officials and local stakeholders in the development and implementation of local-level integration policies in European cities.
EU-MIA will improve the capacity of key actors in the field of integration at city and neighbourhood levels, through the presentation of ten functioning programmes and the sharing of knowledge and experience among practitioners and experts. The ten functioning programmes are:
• Barcelona (Spain) “Network against rumours”)
• Bilbao (Spain) “Women’s Health in Women’s Hands”
• Hamburg (Germany) “Parents on the spot”
• London, St. George’s Day Festival
• Nantes (France) “Council for the Citizenship of Foreigners”
• Reggio Emilia (Italy) “Family Assistance Desk”
• Turin (Italy) “Network of Neighbourhood Houses”
• Vejle (Denmark) “Danish Simulator”
• Vienna (Austria) “Lived Diversity”
• Visby (Sweden) “Democracy for Children’s Future”
For more information on EU-MIA, including how to attend, please visit: www.eu-mia.eu