INTEGRA

The project INTEGRA seeks to improve the process of long-term integration of TCN in 5 EU states (BG, CR, CZ, IT, SK), through city-to-city knowledge and experience sharing. The project will promote deeper mutual understanding between migrant communities and the host society, against the rising political discourse of securitization, which paints migrants and refugees as a major security threat in Europe. The project partners will identify current and future challenges to integration and will develop concrete actions to tackle local integration problems. Main outputs of the project INTGRA include the establishment of local and cross-border networks, methodologies and tools that can be used by local level stakeholders to involve TCN in civic initiatives. City audits, including policy assessment and mapping exercises will be carried out, to identify bottlenecks and opportunities for TCN integration (particular emphasis will be placed on urban security and cultural/social participation). City integration agendas with future scenarios for each city will be developed, through citizens’ integration labs. On the basis of the agendas, awareness and advocacy activities will be carried out in each country. Over 80 representatives of local governments will take part in project activities; more than 160 migrants will be involved in community consultations and decision-making, and over 4200 persons will be reached with project information materials and online resources. An advocacy and awareness raising conference in Brussels will gather national, regional and EU level experts and public officials on migration and integration.