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 disadvantaged migrant and refugee populations. 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 Europeaims 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 delivery of a series of trainings and peer mentoring activities for the local authorities and both governmental and non-governmental service providers, focusing on front-line workers dealing with the specific needs 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.
The main expected results of the project are:
Providers of services pertaining to social and economic inclusion in selected municipalities, including frontline staff, have the expertise to provide accessible, relevant and effective support to disadvantaged third-country nationals and refugees;
Selected municipalities are equipped with tools to improve the provision of services for social and economic inclusion of disadvantaged third-country nationals and refugees.
PROJECT SCOPE AND TIMEFRAME
The project is active in 35 municipalities across 7 EU member states: Italy (Bari, Cagliari, Florence, Naples, Milan, 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, Agios Dimitrios, Nea Philadelphia, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Kalamaria, Neapoli and Herakleio), Spain (Madrid and Malaga) and Malta (Birzebbugia, Gzira, Marsa and Msida).
The actions will target vulnerable third-country new and long-term residents (including refugees) experiencing social and economic disadvantages.
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.