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EUMINT - Euroregions, Migration and Integration

 

A cross-border project for asylum seekers and refugees

2018-2020

 

Project description

The EUMINT project intends to strengthen institutional cross-border cooperation between Italy and Austria in the territories of Südtirol-Alto Adige (IT), Tirol (AT), Friuli Venezia Giulia (IT), Kärnten (AT), Veneto (IT) and Trentino (IT) in order to tackle the social, economic, political and cultural challenges connected to migration. Common and coherent integration measures in border regions are of prime importance and an added value, particularly for asylum seekers and refugees.

Project goals

The project will involve municipal, provincial/regional and euroregional institutions in three different areas:

  • Consolidating multilevel cross-border cooperation between institutions
  • Strengthening civic and labour integration processes
  • Strengthening social cohesion

 Expected Results

  • Institutional cooperation (WP3): The project promotes the exchange of experiences between project partners through field visits, ideas labs and recommendations for institutions operating at different levels in the field of integration.
  • Civic integration (WP4): The project develops and tests innovative teaching materials on civic integration and trains social workers and other professionals working in the field of welfare and social care. The aim is to promote awareness of European common values (as mentioned in the EU Treaty of Lisbon) among asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Labour integration (WP5): Through participatory processes, the project will develop tools, strategies and long-term policies to foster the labour and social integration process of asylum seekers and refugees, involving labour market actors in the pilot territories.

Interim Results

  • Institutional cooperation (WP3):
    • 44 Semi-structured interviews with integration policy actors at different levels to discuss the status quo of integration measures and possible future perspectives. (In South Tyrol 18, Trentino 5, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, 5, Veneto 3, Tyrol 9, Carinthia 4).
    • Organisation and monitoring of cross-border local visits by representatives of integration policy and relevant institutions at various levels (Tyrol: 11th April, South Tyrol: 15th May, Carinthia: 6th June, Trentino: 19th September 2019).
    • Ideas workshop to exchange ideas between all actors involved (South Tyrol: 11th November 2019).
  • Civic integration (WP4):
    • Development of innovative and interactive teaching methods on common European values together with working groups, migration experts and people working in the social sector (for instance we have already created a game of values and drawings on values).
    • Preparation and training of selected “civic educators” who have to offer didactic-informative training for asylum seekers, refugees and local population. (In South Tyrol, three trainings took place. Two only with the trainers of South Tyrol and the third training took place together with the trainers of Tyrol).
    • 82 Encounters on common values with more than 700 participants (45 pilot tests are carried out in South Tyrol, 27 in Tyrol and 10 in Friuli-Venezia Giulia).
    • Through these pilot test feedback and comments from the target groups as well as from the operators are collected and evaluated by the project team.
    • Further trainings to reach more multiplicators.
    • 39 video clips, 1 concept video, 39 explanatory notes, 13 paintings and 2 surveys with more than 500 questionnaires on common values
  • Labour integration (WP5):
    • Identification and implementation of 3 pilot projects on the basis of the necessity on the territory.
    • South Tyrol: new method = evaluation of practical, hard and soft skills, where a passport of skills will be produced. 50 trainers attended the course on competence check including 7 different workshops. These trainers will test this method on 100 refugees.
    • Wipptal: online platform called WippCare, where demands and offers of social, labour and cultural services are combined. (e.g. in social care the needs of elderly people are combined with skills of migrants and social care trainings are offered).
    • Friuli Venezia Giulia: The association “Nuovi Cittadini” will offer a course on gardening that fosters soft and narrative skills (Friulian language). This course is held in a retirement home in order to bring migrants together with elderly people.
    • Interactive online mapping of good practices at www.foralps.eu/maps. It presents georeferenced good practices for the social and labour integration of asylum seekers and refugees.

 Eurac Team

  • Roberta Medda-Windischer, Project Coordinator, responsible for WP4, Senior Researcher - Institute for Minority Rights - roberta.medda@eurac.edu
  • Erjon Zeqo, Project Manager, Researcher - Institute for Minority Rights, Institute for Comparative Federalism - erjon.zeqo@eurac.edu
  • Anna-Kira Pirhofer, Junior Project Manager, Researcher - Institute for Minority Rights, Institute for Comparative Federalism - annakira.pirhofer@eurac.edu
  • Karl Kössler, responsible for WP3, Senior Researcher - Institute for Comparative Federalism - karl.koessler@eurac.edu
  • Andrea Membretti, responsible for WP5, Senior Researcher - Institute for Regional Development - andrea.membretti@eurac.edu
  • Andrea Carlá, Senior Researcher - Institute for Minority Rights - andrea.carla@eurac.edu
  • Annika Kress, Researcher - Institute for Comparative Federalism - annika.kress@eurac.edu
  • Marzia Bona, Researcher - Institute for Regional Development - marzia.bona@eurac.edu
  • Clara Raffaele Addamo, Researcher - Institute for Regional Development - clara.raffaeleaddamo@eurac.edu

 Beneficiary Partners

  • Eurac Research (lead partner)
  • ZeMiT - Center for Migrants in Tyrol
  • Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck
  • EGTC - Euregio Without Borders
  • Regio Wipptal
  • ARLeF - Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Administrative Districts of: Burggrafenamt/Burgraviato, Salten-Schlern/Salto-Sciliar, Eisacktal/Valle Isarco, Vinschgau/Val Venosta

 Associated Partners

  • Autonomous Province of Bolzano - Department of social affairs
  • Cinformi - Autonomous Province of Trento
  • Land of Tyrol
  • Municipality of Innsbruck
  • EGTC - Euroregion Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino
  • Autonomous Province of Bolzano - Department of education, German culture and integration
  • Municipality of Bolzano - Department of services to the local community

News

  • Our Eumint Project is among the 5 finalists of the #regiostars2019 category “combatting inequalities and poverty” and became second in the Public Choice Award where all European cities were able to vote.🏆✨ Regiostars Award is the European award for the most innovative regional projects.🚀
  • Our Eumint Project was selected for the Paris Peace Forum 2019 among 700 project submissions from 115 countries and led by a wide panel of actors of global governance, such as states, international organizations, NGOs, companies, foundations, philanthropic organizations, development agencies, religious groups, trade unions, think tanks and universities.

Follow our project also on: www.facebook.com/Eumintproject, www.twitter.com/Eumintproject and www.youtube.com/channel/UCJNoMknDMpFmBZh3cZmIU3g

Eurac Research organised encounters with asylum seekers, refugees and
the local population. The aim was to promote, discover and discuss common
European values, as well as to exchange life stories and narratives.
Through the use of interactive games, illustrations and other learning
materials, we tried to involve everybody interested in the conversation. The EUMINT encounters took place in different municipalities in South Tyrol from February to April 2019. The encounters took place in Bozen, Meran, Brixen, Lana, Schlanders, Ritten, Karneid, Kastelruth, Welschnofen, Mals, Jenesien, Tisens, Barbian, Riffian, Lüsen, St.Ulrich, Eppan, Leifers, Naturns, Klausen, Villnöß, St. Martin and St. Leonhard in Passeier.

 

The project EUMINT is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Interreg V-A Italy-Austria program 2014-2020. www.interreg.net                                                                

 


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