The population in EU Member States has become increasingly diverse as a result of intra-EU mobility, and immigration from third countries. The latter comprises both established multi-generational migrant communities, as well as migrant and refugee newcomers. Increasing diversity, coupled with entrenched disadvantage and marginalization for some groups, present challenges for the successful socio-economic integration of migrants in Europe and social cohesion within the local communities.
In this regard, policy response at the local/community level is crucial to address both the challenge of successful socio-economic inclusion of migrants, and ways of lending support to broader inclusive communities. In particular, providers of mainstream employment and social services at the local level often experience difficulties in successfully reaching out to and supporting disadvantaged migrant and refugee populations in their localities. Gaps exist between the provision of immediate newcomer reception and integration orientation and support, and the subsequent mainstream services (income support, labour market activation, social services) to which migrants or refugees may be eligible.
In this context, the project Supporting Active Inclusion Of Disadvantaged Migrants In Europe aims to enhance the capacity of local governments to develop sustainable strategies for the successful social and economic integration of migrants from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Objectives: The main objective of this preparatory action is to increase the capabilities of local administrations and other service providers at the local level, and in particular their front-line staff, in dealing with the multiple dimensions of long-term socio-economic inclusion of migrants and refugees at local level. This will be done through delivery of a series of trainings and peer mentoring activities for the local authorities and both governmental and non-governmental service providers, including front-line workers dealing with the specific needs and situations of disadvantaged migrants. Capacity-building activities will focus on providing suitable and accessible social and administrative services for migrants, as well as promoting partnership approaches to migrant integration at the local level among various public, private and non-profit stakeholders.
Project scope and timeframe
The project will be implemented in selected municipalities across four EU member states: Italy, Austria, Poland and Romania. The action will target vulnerable third-country new and long-term residents (including refugees) experiencing social and economic disadvantages. The project will be implemented for 15 month, from March 2016 to May 2017, and will be managed by the IOM office in Italy.
For more information contact the ADMin4ALL project team at IOM Italy:
Tel. +39 06 44186 204