CONTEXT AND RATIONALE
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 already in Europe, 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 local communities.
In this regard, policy responses at the local level are crucial to address both the challenges related to successful socio-economic inclusion of migrants, as well as ways to create inclusive communities. In particular, providers of employment and social services at the local level often experience difficulties in successfully reaching out to and supporting migrants. Gaps exist between the provision of immediate newcomer reception and orientation services, and subsequent longer-term integration services (income support, labour market inclusion, social services) to which migrants or refugees may be eligible.
In this context, the project ADMin4ALL- Supporting Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Migrantsin Europe aims to enhance the capacity of local governments to develop sustainable strategies and inclusive services for the successful social and economic integration of migrants.
The main objective of the programme is to increase the capacity of municipal administrations and other service providers at the local level, with particular attention to 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:
Project activities will ultimately 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, while also consolidating an EU-wide community of cities committed to integration.
The main expected results of the project are:
Providers of services pertaining to social and economic inclusion in selected municipalities, including frontline staff, are trained to provide more accessible, effective and inclusive support to migrants;
Selected municipalities have developed coordination mechanisms to improve the provision of services for the social and economic inclusion of migrants;
Good practices on the social and labour inclusion of migrants are identified and shared among selected municipalities in seven EU Countries, thus contributing to dialogue on integration accross Europe.
PROJECT SCOPE AND TIMEFRAME
The project is active in more than 30 municipalities across 7 EU member states: Italy (Bari, Cagliari, Florence, Naples, Milan, Rome, Palermo and Venice), Austria (Bruck an der Leitha, Telfs, Korneuburg, Kufstein and Schwaz in Tirol), Poland (Gdansk, Krakow, Poznań, Warsaw and Wroclav), Romania (Bucharest, Cluj, Galati and Oradea), Greece (Athens, Heraklion, Kalamaria, Nea Philadelphia, Neapoli, Piraeus and Thessaloniki), Spain (Fuenlabrada, Madrid and Malaga) and Malta (most of local councils as well as regional and national authorities).
The project is in its second phase and will be implemented for 24 months, from July 2018 to June 2020. It is managed by the IOM office in Rome, Italy.