Euroregions, Migration and Integration
A cross-border project for asylum seekers and refugees 2018-2020
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. The project involves municipal, provincial/regional and euroregional institutions in three different areas: consolidating multilevel cross-border cooperation between institutions as well as strengthening civic and labour integration processes.
The EUMINT project was selected among the 5 finalists of the #regiostars2019 category “combatting inequalities and poverty” and became second in the Public Choice Award. 🏆✨ Regiostars Award is the European award for the most innovative regional projects. The EUMINT project was also selected among 700 project submissions presented by 115 countries for the Paris Peace Forum 2019.
Report “Cooperation or Parallel Universes? Integration of Migrants in Italian-Austrian Border Areas”. This publication highlights the experiences of exemplary integration projects in Italy, Austria and several other European countries and makes them available to similar initiatives.
Four cross-border visits at integration projects in Austria and Italy. Between April and September 2019, these visits organised enabled groups of integration stakeholders to get to know innovative projects in Tyrol, South Tyrol, Carinthia and Trentino and to exchange their experiences.
These outputs have been facilitated by two activities:
The project team conducted 44 Interviews with stakeholders from the public and private sectors discussing the status quo and future perspectives for integration measures in the EUMINT project areas.
The „Ideas Lab for Cross-border Integration Projects“, organised in November 2019 in Bolzano/Bozen, provided fresh inputs from other parts of Europe. The event highlighted innovative projects, among others from Germany, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, and tested the feasibility of similar projects in the EUMINT project areas.
The board game 'The House of Common Values' is an interactive and collaborative game that allows exploring the common values of the European Union, by strengthening the ties of mutual understanding among the participants, while respecting their diversity. The game offers also the opportunity to reflect on other values, such as hospitality, and on virtues, such as resilience, that complement and strengthen the common values of the European Union. The board game represents a house with various daily life situations. Asylum seekers, refugees and the local population elaborate short stories and narrate personal experiences out of the scenes represented in the house and link them to the common values listed in Art. 2, EU Treaty: Freedom - Democracy - Equality - Rule of law - Human rights - Minority rights - Human dignity - Pluralism - Non-discrimination - Tolerance - Justice - Solidarity - Gender equality.
Supporting material on common values: in-depth notes, short notes, illustrations with definitions, multilingual poster, game tutorial video, video clips and promo video.
Download further material: survey result on common values an evaluation of the board game collected in the frame of 82 encounters carried out in Italy and Austria with more than 700 participants and more than 500 questionnaires.
Innovative evaluation check for practical, hard and soft skills: competence cards, the skills balance, portfolio for employer, portfolio for operator-user.
Online platform for the matching between supply and demand of labour and services at the local level for foreigners and natives (Wippcare www.wippcare.com).
Implementation of participatory workshops (Seefeld).
Innovative workshops combining minority language, cultural and professional skills.
Interactive online mapping of good practices for the social and labour integration of asylum seekers and refugees (www.foralps.eu/maps).
Project Coordinator: Roberta Medda-Windischer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Manager: Erjon Zeqo - email@example.com and Anna-Kira Pirhofer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Team: Karl Kössler, Andrea Membretti, Andrea Carlà, Giada Maniscalco, Clara Raffaele Addamo, Marzia Bona and Annika Kress.
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