Regional conferences

Beside the work done with the single municipalities, the Admin4All Programs aims to promote the connection and the exchange of best practices among the local actors from the different partner countries. This is done through a series of regional workshops and webinars organized at EU level which bring together all the participants in order to share their experience and discuss of their needs and ideas.

The first Admin4All regional workshop was organized in Brussels on 28 November 2017. The event brought together representatives from the 14 municipalities that have been part of the programme: Bari, Florence, Naples and Milan in Italy; Bruck an der Leitha, Tulln, Korneuburg in Austria; Poznań, Warsaw, Wroclav, Gdansk and Bydgoszcz in Poland; and Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Representatives from the European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and other key stakeholders engaged in the integration of migrants at the local level in Europe have also been present. This event was the culmination of 18 months of work in the program municipalities.

The Mid-Term Regional Consultation was organized by the IOM within the scope of the project ADMin4ALL and was hosted by the Municipality of Milan on 8-9 October 2019 at the “Fabbrica del Vapore”, Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini 4. During the consultation, representatives from over 35 EU municipalities, the European Commission, national ministries, national municipal associations and research institutes discussed how to cope with the multiple challenges posed to local authorities by migrants’ social and economic inclusion. On the first day, the discussion revolved around the different models of local governance of social services for migrant integration as well as how to create social innovation in this field leveraging civil society and the private sector. On the second day, 3 parallel thematic workshops addressed the difficulties faced by third country nationals in accessing the local housing and labour markets as well as the education system.

Furthermore, two regional webinar were organized to present and disseminate the results of two research papers.

In the first webinar, panellists presented a study on European Cities on the Front Line – New and emerging governance models for migrant inclusion, analyzing the main challenges faced by local administrators in granting migrants access to public services, and sharing recommendations on how to make the most of local governance levers to optimize integration outcomes in the face of various constraints.

During the second webinar, a study on Driving Migrant Inclusion through Social Innovation: Lessons for cities in a pandemic was presented and discussed. The study explores the social innovations developed in some EU municipalities since 2015-2016 in the area of migrant integration, which include innovative models of financing integration measures, inclusive strategies for engaging migrants and refugees in the design and delivery of integration services, creative approaches to community engagement, and human-centred, holistic service models.

Both studies were conducted in cooperation with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).