Newsletter: European Web Site on Integration, 13/07/2016

13 July 2016 / Issue 83

WELCOME! This is the 83rd issue of the European Web Site on Integration’s newsletter.

Please find below a selection of the most relevant policy developments, data updates, events, funding schemes and good practices at the EU, national and local level, recently published on the Web Site.

 European News

Blue Card recast to facilitate integration of highly-skilled

The European Commission presented its proposal for the recast of the EU Blue Card Directive. The recast aims to improve the integration of highly-skilled third-country national workers by facilitating their family reunification rights, access to long term status as well as the eligibility for beneficiaries of international protection. Directive’s specifics

European Parliament votes resolution on refugee integration

The non-binding resolution Social inclusion and integration into the labour market – 2015/2321(INI) – was voted on 5 July 2016. The text was drafted by Social Democrat MEP Brando Benifei and subject to a debate in the full plenary. Key conclusions

New EC Skills Agenda is key for integration

The New Skills Agenda for Europe contains 10 concrete actions for Member States, social partners, the industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the right training, skills and support are available to people in the EU. Actions targeting TCNs

Consultations on 2007-2013 European Integration & Refugee Funds are open

The European Commission is inviting stakeholders and the public to respond to consultations on:

  • European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals (EIF) actions for 2007-2010
  • European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals (EIF) actions for 2011-2013
  • European Refugee Fund (ERF) actions for 2008-2010
  • European Refugee Fund (ERF) actions for 2011-2013

Who can participate?

 Upcoming Events
Dublin – Young Voices EU Consultation: Diversity, Connectivity, Inclusion

28/07/2016 10:30
(Pearse Street Library, Dublin)
The National Youth Council of Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs invite young people (15-30 years old) to a consultation event as part of the Europe-wide Structured Dialogue Cycle V theme ‘Enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe’.…
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Turku – Seminar on mobile and virtual life

22/08/2016 11:40
(Migration Institute of Finland, Eerikinkatu 34, Turku, Finland)
This year, the Finnish Society of Futures Studies’ summer seminar will cover the role of technology in the everyday life both Finnish nationals and immigrants. One important question will be the role of virtual life in migrant integration. The seminar’s programme includes panels on, a.o: Current…
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 Latest NewsItaly: The high economic integration of the Chinese community

Following controls on safety conditions in a storehouse hosting Chinese manufacturing firms, hundreds of Chinese gathered on 1 July 2016 in a neighbourhood of Sesto Fiorentino, a small city close to Florence, to protest against what they deemed as harassment from the Italian police. Tensions…
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Poland: Gdańsk, first city to adopt its own Model of Integration

On 30 June 2016, the City Council of Gdańsk adopted – after a series of meetings with inhabitants – its own Model of Immigrant Integration to support immigrants and refugees who reside in the city. The document contains concrete procedures on how to help immigrants find employment or…
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Romania: New amendment to allow Blue Card holders to practice medicine

A new emergency ordinance, modifying and supplementing Law no 95/2006 on healthcare reform, will introduce legislative changes with an important impact on the professional status of and mobility opportunities for third country medical graduates and professionals. The latter cannot practice…
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Finland: Rent incentive to encourage refugees to settle near reception centres

The Finnish government has rolled out an incentive scheme aimed at encouraging asylum seekers who’ve received resident permits to remain in locations close to the reception centres that housed them. The state hopes that the promise of two months’ rent and a security deposit on a…
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Slovakia: Migrants don’t have a stereotypical view of nationals

The Centre for Research on Ethnicity and Culture conducted more than 50 interviews with migrants from different countries with the aim to explore how migrants perceive the Slovak society. Researchers  found out that migrants’ perception of the Slovak society and its members is not made…
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Czech Republic: Recordings show TV channel ordered staff to negatively cover refugee arrivals

Evidence has emerged that the Czech Republic’s 2nd biggest commercial television channel TV Prima ordered journalists to report negatively on the “refugee crisis”. Last Tuesday, the news site posted an audio recording of a meeting held on 7 September 2015, where reporters were…
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Portugal: Call for applications for the 4th Intercultural School Seal

Applications for the 4th edition of the Intercultural School Seal, an initiative of the Portuguese General Directorate of Education (DGE) and the High Commission for Migrations are now open. The Intercultural School Seal distinguishes public, private or cooperative schools that, through…
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Spain: The economic activity rate of immigrants exceeds that of nationals

The economic activity rate of non-EU citizens in Spain reached 82% in 2015 and surpassed that of Spanish nationals, which stood at 78.7%, according to the latest data on labour market integration of immigrants published by the EU statistical office Eurostat. However, in most Member States the…
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Luxembourg: LISKO, new service to support vulnerable refugees

As of now, vulnerable recognised refugees will benefit from a dedicated service that will support them during their integration into the Luxemburgish society. The new Center for Integration and Social Cohesion LISKO  has been inaugurated on 13 June by the Family Minister Corinne Cahen.…
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Germany: UNICEF demands better conditions for refugee children

The UN children’s organisation UNICEF published a report on Tuesday criticising the living conditions of refugee children in Germany. According to the authors, they enjoy far lower standards of safety, medical treatment and education than their German-born counterparts. It is also pointed out…
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 Integration Practices recently uploadedThe UnBulgarians – Photo exhibitions of the faces behind immigration statistics

The UnBulgarians depicts the contemporary Bulgarian multicultural society. Through the use of photography, the project intends to trigger media and public debate on xenophobia, discrimination and integration. It showcases photographs of foreigners living in Bulgaria – EU…
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MyMind – Accessible Centre for Mental Wellbeing for all, including minorities

MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing is a not-for-profit provider of accessible mental health care. Centres in Dublin (North and South), Cork and Limerick provide multilingual online or offline counselling and psychotherapy services which are accessible to the migrant community. Fees are…
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Latest funding information

Romania: WEB-NGO Program for free design, development, implementation and hosting of Romanian NGO websites

Digital Europe Association invites non-governmental organisations to participate in the WEB-NGO Program, offering free design, development, implementation and hosting of websites for Romanian NGOs. The Program aims to: support NGOs in the development of their promotion capacity…
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Europe: Call for Proposals on health-enhancing activities for refugees

The Directorate-General for Education and culture has launched a call for proposals (EAC/S16/2016) to promote broader access to health-enhancing physical activities (HEPA) for refugees. The deadline for applications is 9 September 2016.  This call would allow the testing of the development…
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Latest documents

Summary of NORFACE research 2009-2014

The NORFACE Research Programme on Migration is a programme of 12 transnational research projects on the theme of ‘ Migration in Europe: Social, Economic, Cultural and Policy Dynamics ‘. The programme received funding through the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. This…
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Internal migration among refugees from Somalia Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2000s

The majority of the 3 biggest refugee communities – Somalis, Iraqis and Afghans – have moved to and settled in the greater Helsinki area or in the counties of Varsinais-Suomi and Pirkanmaa in the 2000s, reveals a recent research of The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. In order…
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Annual Report on the Situation of Ethnic Minorities

The Czech Government publishes the Annual Report on the 2015 Situation of Ethnic Minorities. The document in which representatives of the minorities (members of the Council) complain about a shortage of financing means for their activities, was drafted by the Government Council for Ethnic…
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The Basic Law – Cornerstone of our society

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees published the brochure The Basic Law – Cornerstone of our society which  provides an introduction to the German constitution and intends to help migrants and refugees to settle in more easily and quickly in their new home and integrate into German…
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