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The inclusive city: management of diversity at the local level

Live Webcast of The inclusive city: management of diversity at the local level http://webtv.un.org/live-now/watch/the-inclusive-city:-management-of-diversity-at-the-local-level/1675155131001/ How useful was this information? Users ratings 3.00 out of 5
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Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict – Brandeis University

Name of Practitioner: Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict – Brandeis University Website: http://heller.brandeis.edu/academic/coex/ Contact Information: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University 415 South Street Waltham, MA 02454-9110 USA Boston area, Waltham, Phone: +1-617-775-4530 Email: COEX@brandeis.edu   Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise:   The Graduate Programs in Coexistence […]
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Nansen Dialogue Network

Practitioner from civil society organization   Name of Practitioner: Nansen Dialogue Network   Website: http://www.nansen-dialogue.net/ www.facebook.com/nansendialoguenetwork   Contact Information: Nansen Dialogue Network Coordination Unit Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsonsgt. 2 N – 2609 Lillehammer – Norway Norway & Western Balkans, Phone: +47 61 26 54 00 Email: contact@nansen-dialogue.net   Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise: […]
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The European Union and refugees: towards more restrictive asylum policies in the European Union?

Author: Gritim Date: Summer 2011 Several scholars have argued that European countries have decided to cooperate on asylum and migration matters at the EU level in order to develop more restrictive policies. How useful was this information? Users ratings 3.00 out of 5
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Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) program

Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) program The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, known as VicHealth, is an independent statutory authority with a mission to address behavioral and social determinants of health. It is located in the state of Victoria, Australia. VicHealth has identified supporting diversity and reducing race-based discrimination* (herein referred to as discrimination) among […]
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Rebuild the Life in the Frontier (Reconstruir la vida en la frontera)

With the project “Rebuild the Life in the Frontier” we seek to give solutions and alternatives to a coercive type of life experienced by migrants living in the Centre of Temporary Stay for Immigrants in Melilla (CETI - Centro de Estancia Temporal de Immigrantes). Trapped in that special camp built to host migrants coming from Africa to the city of Melilla, the so-called "door to Europe," they wait for their “ticket” to Europe. In some cases, they have to face expulsion back to their home country. Often times, their lives in the city are characterized by segregation and absence of motivation to integrate. The main objective of the project is to reach a better quality of life for migrants through a social action plan that uses Arts and Media. Diverse courses of photography, participatory video, blogging, radio communication, painting and theatre aim to provide participants with instruments to get actively engaged in the life of the city. This allows them to build a life out of the segregation experienced in the CETI.
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Migrant in Romania

The logo of the project Migrant in Romania The project Migrant in Romania is funded by the European Fund for Integration and is implemented in partnership by the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and the Association of Refugee Women in Romania. The main goal is to enhance consultation and civic participation of migrants and its main […]
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Walk A Mile Concert

Walk A Mile poster Walk A Mile Concert ‘Walk A Mile’ is a concert which celebrates and thanks the selfless work given for the benefit of others. Our internationally renowned, talented and multicultural Australian musicians often perform selflessly for many charities without thought of reward or gain. Some proceeds from ‘Walk A Mile’ will assist […]
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International Network of Migration Institutions

Migration Institutions includes museums and other institutions promoting the public understanding of migration. The current trend in the development of migration museums, named differently worldwide, is an interesting phenomenon, as it may contribute to the creation of a new and multiple identity, at an individual and collective level. UNESCO and the IOM have decided to work together to promote exchange of information and experiences on the history of immigration and the memories of migrants, notably through helping to set up and develop museums in receiving countries. This kind of museum would, in particular, help collect, safeguard, highlight and make accessible to the general public certain elements relating to the history and culture of immigration, and to the process of integration of migrant communities.
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A Taste of Harmony, Australia

      A Taste of Harmony With one in four Australian workers born overseas, the need to acknowledge and support our rich cultural diversity has never been more important. An initiative of the Scanlon Foundation, A Taste of Harmony is a national campaign that recognises and celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity in the workplace. How […]
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School Contest ”Youth, you will succeed!”

the Foundation Bertelsmann initiated in 2010 the project ”Eres joven, ¡triunfarás!,” – or in English ”Youth, you will succeed.” This project aims to promote integration of students with a migrant background; to raise awareness among youth and mainstream society about the importance of integration; and to work towards equal opportunities in the educational context.
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LSE Migration Studies Unit

The LSE Migration Studies Unit is a multi-disciplinary research group for migration scholars currently hosted by the Department of Government. It is the focus point for migration research across all LSE departments. Through the initiative of students and academics working together, the Unit offers a network for migration scholars and policy-makers inside and outside LSE, at the cosmopolitan crossroads of London.
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Integration: Building Inclusive Societies conversation in London, UK

The Integration: Building Inclusive Societies conversation was broadcast live on December 20, 2010 for a worldwide audience from St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London, UK. Roger Cohen, the New York Times journalist discussed about migration, national identities and integration of Muslims in today’s society. The archived video is now available! Due to […]
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Refugees into Schools

Refugees into Schools aims to increase children’s understanding of why people are forced to become refugees and of the impact of war and persecution. It does this by supporting refugee volunteers to share their experience of conflict and seeking asylum here in the UK. Through this activity the project supports schools in their statutory duty to promote community cohesion. The project focuses on London which is a diverse, multi-ethnic city including a significant refugee population of both adults and children. Public perception of refugees is, however, often distorted by misleading or inaccurate reporting of what it is to be a refugee.
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Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA)

Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) coordinates and optimizes resources in the United States, Mexico, and other Latin American countries to increase access to and use of health services, expand health insurance coverage, improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, enhance the cultural competency of health care personnel, and implement innovative strategies to address unmet health needs of the Latino-origin population living and working in the United States.
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Roma SOURCE Project

Roma Source is a Europe-wide project to improve both the lives of Roma people and the local communities they live alongside. The project is being led by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership. It brings together eight organisations from six countries across Europe: UK, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain. The partners in the project include regions of Europe which are traditionally home to Roma communities as well as those which have more recently become a destination.
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New Zealand Office of Ethnic Affairs

National Government, Department of Internal Affairs Name of Practitioner: New Zealand Office of Ethnic Affairs Website: http://www.ethnicaffairs.govt.nz/home Contact Information: 46 Waring Taylor Street, The Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, New Zealand Telephone: 64 4 494 0546, Fax: 64 4 495 7231 Email: ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nz Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise: The Office of […]
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Ireland’s Intercultural Education Strategy

The Strategy aims to ensure that a) All students experience an education that “respects the diversity of values, beliefs, languages and traditions in Irish society and is conducted in a spirit of partnership” and b) All education providers are assisted with ensuring that inclusion and integration within an intercultural learning environment become the norm. It is designed to be relevant to the full spectrum of education provisison, from ECCE to lifelong and further learning, due to the commonality of the findings of the sectoral consultations. The Strategy is firmly evidence based, so that it acknowledges existing good practice in Ireland and seeks to build on this to enhance the development of an intercultural, integrated and inclusive learning environment, based on an evolving attitude.
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Multicultural center Sweden

My name is Aline Cordeiro Andersson. I live in Sweden. My project is simply about the better integration of immigrants in the country. My articles were published twice and my municipality received my project with great interest. Örnsköldsvik's Diversity Center will be a good example in all the Nordic countries about positive cultural exchange and migration. It will offer seminars with social workers and ordinary immigrants (and refugees), there should be an open videoroom showing films from around the world and there should be books that everyone can read about different countries. There will be a knowledge center. This project is intended not only for Örnsköldsvik, but for the whole of Sweden and even Europe.
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OnePeople.sg

OnePeople.sg organises the annual flagship HarmonyWorks! Conference, targeted at students from Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges (JC), Institutes of Technical Educations (ITE), Polytechnics, Madrasahs and International Schools. The objectives of the conference are: To heighten participants' awareness of cross-cultural understanding/ engagement and its implications on the local, regional and global community; and to provide the participants with multi-faceted views for the need to go beyond the comfort of one's ethnic group and immersing in Singapore's cultural and religious diversity. HarmonyWorks! Conference 2010 bearing the theme “Inte-GREAT-ion – How Will You Embrace Diversity?” was held at Nanyang Polytechnic on 10 July 2010. The Conference this year engaged participants in discussions on current trends and issues relating to diversity and integration in Singapore.
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The Festival of Indian Culture in Romania – “Namaste India”

The project has as the purpose to promote the Indian culture in Romania through an event which presents the multifaceted aspects of this incredibly rich and diversified culture (spiritual, artistic, travel, culinary, etc.). The organizers intend to reduce the cultural distance between two societies that are so different, to discover common values, to encourage multiculturality and to create a symbolic space for togetherness for the Indian migrant community in Romania and the Romanian social space. The Indian community in Romania translates as an enclave of mystery, a space of exotism and fascination, its rich values being worth promoting. Romania is already known as a space where the Indian culture is loved and admired, raising enthusiasm and interest.
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Implementing the Principles of Multiculturalism Locally

The Western Australian Government has produced a practical guide to assist local governments improve their responsiveness to the increasingly diverse needs of communities in Western Australia. The ‘Implementing the Principles of Multiculturalism Locally’ was produced by the Office of Multicultural Interests, Department of Local Government. It is a practical tool to assist local governments to plan and deliver services that are inclusive of the needs of residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The guide includes a Multicultural Planning Framework, explanation of terms and case studies highlighting the innovative multicultural programs and experiences of several Western Australian local governments.
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Sports Without Borders Foundation

The Sports Without Borders Foundation aims to foster accessible, multilingual resources and services, funding pathways, direct financial support, training/mentorship programs and sponsorship contacts to refugee and migrant communities in order to empower newly-arrived Australians to develop an identity and sense of active belonging.
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AkiDwA Migrant Women’s Health Project

AkiDwA Migrant Women's Health Project Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) focuses on conducting research on the health needs, in relation to FGM, of African/Migrant women in order to improve and inform service delivery and to influence mainstream policy. AkiDwA estimates in 2010 that there are over 3,170 women living in Ireland who have undergone FGM and over 11,500 women living there from FGM practicing countries. A FGM Health Forum was recruited and created and acts as an expert advisory group to the Project by means of sharing information and networking. A preliminary estimate for the number of women by country of origin and age group who are resident in Ireland and living with FGM was calculated using 2006 census data and published and updated in 2010. Collaboration with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, MSc Women’s Health to write the first ever Irish handbook on FGM entitled “Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Health-Care Professionals Working in Ireland” it was launched in January 2009. Over 1,400 copies of the Handbook have been distributed in Ireland and internationally.
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Refugee Children’s Project (RCP)

The Refugee Children's Project is an advocacy and relief organisation with more than eight years of experience in working with refugee children by supporting, protecting and promoting their social justice, human rights and their access to basic resources and services for vulnerable refugee women and children. Its specific focus on children and their primary caregivers distinguishes RCP from other organisations assisting, protecting and advocating on behalf of refugees and migrants. Since its inception in 2002, RCP has delivered its mission with measurable success, assisting over 3,500 children of different nationalities. RCP aims to provide direct and indirect services that facilitate the integration of refugee women and children into the host community.
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Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration

The MAII of the National League of Cities promotes civic engagement and naturalization among immigrant communities in cities throughout the U.S. Two program components promote immigrant integration: The NewCITYzen Naturalization Campaign focuses on highlighting the many benefits of naturalization – voting rights and beyond. Cities will have the opportunity to use the Campaign Toolkit to launch naturalization campaigns in their communities. The Campaign Toolkit is available to NLC member cities. The CITYzenship Community Initiative is designed to help city officials establish working relationships with immigrant communities and organizations.
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Refugees Building a Life Through Sport

The Western Bulldogs Football Club in Melbourne, playing in the elite Australian Football League, is committed to helping refugees and other disadvantaged settlers make a new life in Australia. This is achieved through its community arm "Spirit West Services" with a focus on building smarter, engaged, healthier and 'sustainable' communities. The aim is to encourage education, employment, strong families and a healthy life style through sport. The Club is committed to connecting new settlers with their community and is active in promoting civics through the hosting of a Refugee Week Australian citizenship ceremony.
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Cultural events for intercultural dialogue

Learn About Us Through Culture (LAUTC) is a project based on a learning methodology developed by UNESCO called “Four Pillars of Education” which promotes participatory active learning. LAUTC aims to develop good practices applicable at EU level that values cultural events and their response to migrants and nationals' intercultural needs in the local communities and involve migration stakeholders in the process.
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Africa Dialogues

Civil society organization Name of Practitioner: Africa Dialogues Website: www.nelsonmandela.org Contact Information: 60 Cleveland Road Claremont, Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa Phone: +27792453409 Email: kenmutuma@gmail.com Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise: Africa Dialogue works in line the philosophy of its founder towards encouraging dialogue and building transformative leadership. On behalf of […]
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Engaging Diasporas for Development (EDD)

Engaging Diasporas for Developent (EDD) is a not-for-profit, political and religious independent organization. The mission of EDD is to promote a positive view of Diasporas towards stimulating an improved utilization of their capacity for the benefit of all.
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Network for the Integration of Resettled Refugees

The Network for the Integration of Resettled Refugees was launched at the beginning of 2010. Its purpose is to provide adequate reception conditions to refugees resettled in France and to provide answer to their specific needs. They are provided accommodation in transitional flats for six months that can be renewed once for another 6 months. They also benefit from global assistance helping them to become autonomous (guidance on access to rights, training, housing, employment, etc.) The network includes three regions in France – two in the Paris region (Paris and Val de Marne) and one in a rural area (Deux Sèvres). The apartments are rented in either the public or the private sector. The reception of resettled refugees is ongoing. By the end of the year, the network will be receiving 100 persons – all of them are sent by...
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Employment and Housing Network for Refugees

Because of the housing crisis in France and the lack of alternative solutions, many refugees remain stuck in reception centres. Most of them find a job rapidly and have therefore regular revenue, but they cannot accede to housing as owners set conditions that they are not able to meet: they cannot pay high prices or easily mobilize guarantors. They also face the mistrust of owners. Based on this observation, the RELOREF project was created in 2004 in order to assist beneficiaries of international protection in acceding to permanent housing.
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PARI Project: a Refugee Integration Support Centre

The PARI project (in French, PARI is the acronym for “Pôle d’Appui aux Réfugiés pour l’Intégration” – Refugee Integration Support Centre) was launched in January 2009. It is based on the observation that beneficiaries of international protection have the right to benefit from social and public services but they don’t necessarily know how to make use of their rights. They might also need specific assistance because of their specific situation as forced migrants (impossibility to return to the country of origin, trauma, etc.). The objective of the PARI project is therefore to offer a global guidance and to assist the beneficiaries of international protection in all kinds of difficulties they might encounter. The services of the project allow these persons to receive all tools they need to construct or complete their integration process. The services...
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Assisting migrants in their mobility project

The “Key to France” project was launched in 2004. It is led by the Platform for the Promotion of Integration by Geographic Mobility (PRIM). The objective of the project is to offer to newly arrived refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection encountering difficulties in finding employment and/or housing at their current place of residence (mostly in the Paris metropolitan region) the possibility to start their integration process in another region where they can have better access to employment and housing facilities. It allows to refugees to leave reception centres where asylum seekers are supposed to be accommodated. Finally, it offers a solution to people who are in emergency shelters. The project consists of the following activities: First, it assists migrants in order to carry out their mobility project. This includes...
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Refugee Integration Observatory

The Refugee Integration Observatory was created in 2004. Its aim is to conduct research and to analyze the integration of refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection with the objective to provide information to public institutions and professionals on the successes they have and the difficulties they encountered during their integration process. The Observatory has various activities: it conducts studies on refugee integration in France and in Europe. These studies are based on the analysis of integration schemes, the experiences of social workers, official reports and studies made by researchers, as well as on refugee interviews, it organizes meetings – called the breakfasts of the Observatory – in view of fostering analysis and presenting refugee integration tools. These meetings gather experts, integration and asylum...
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France terre d’asile

Created in 1970, France terre d’asile is working in favor of the respect of the right to seek asylum and of all international conventions in this field. Its aim is to assist refugees and regular migrants and to act in favor of their integration through access to rights, language learning, employment, housing and mobility...
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New & Emerging Communities Leadership Training

This practice seeks to strengthen the leadership skills and knowledge of existing and emerging leaders in recently arrived refugee communities in Victoria Australia, Communities include Burmese, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Liberian, Sudanese, Iraqi, Afghan.etc. The program provides 4 one-day leadership workshops each year on subjects like media, governance, financial management, advocacy, community development etc. The project is due to be formally assessed at end 2010 but participant surveys indicate high levels of satisfaction with content and presentation...
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Family services for Refugees

Family services - rules of engagement While we draw alongside refugees to help them and their families settle successfully in Australia we do this by honouring and hearing their story as it is told. We respect the heritage of each individual, community and culture and believe that each person can harness his or her own resources. We accept that for him/her a fact is a fact and their perception is reality. The power of imparting information remains with them. In any individual or group process we work to empower by taking time to sit quietly and wait expectantly- this helps build safety, being open to hear about crisis in the refugee’s terms, being with without becoming overwhelmed by fear, not passing judgment, proceeding at the refugee’s pace, trusting, not asking too many...
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Programme “Mentorat Emploi Migration”

The MEM aims to promote the contribution of migrants to the host society as to the professional competencies they bring, helping them to integrate themselves in their field of competences. The programme addresses extra-European migrants with professional qualifications (experience and/or education terminated) of all fields. It was launched Feb. 2010 as a « pilote project » for 3 years in two Swiss cantons : Vaud and Geneva. It gets mainly public financial support (Federal office for migration, 2 cantonal officies for integration of migrants), as well as some additional private support (private foundations). As a mentoring programme the MEM offers a personalized coaching by a professional working in a specific field to a migrant belonging to the same field of work. The intercommunication...
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PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration and Diversity

PLURAL+ provide young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues, and give them the opportunity to reinforce the belief of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that youth are indeed powerful and creative agents of social change.
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Integration of traumatized asylum seekers

The Federal agencies in the field of health and migration support diverse measures which help traumatized refugees to become integrated in the Swiss society. The federal Office for Migration supports especially the research in this domain as well as specialized psycho-therapeutical services and social integration measures. The federal agencies momentarily finance 4 pilot-projects which offer specific case management for asylum seekers helping them to re-integrate into the labor market. On the one hand measures are implemented dealing with counseling and psychotherapy and on the other hand work-integration is fostered. From these projects knowledge should be gained how state agencies could better coordinate between the target group of the asylum seekers and the services for integration into the labor market...
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Foundation for Pluralism

I cannot be safe when others around me aren’t, I cannot have peace, when others around me don’t. It is in my selfish interests to take the responsibility to work for a better world so all of us can co-exist in relative harmony. The world is changing quite rapidly, while conflicts continue to rage, a new dimension is emerging vividly and growing strongly every day. Indeed, the world is moving towards a new paradigm of “Co-existence” also known as “Pluralism”. Pluralism is nothing more than an adjustment in one’s attitude towards others; it is indeed respecting the otherness of other and accepting the Genetic (God) given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us. If we can learn to accept 7 billion unique thumb prints and understand the existence of 7 billion DNA compositions, then why not accept the uniqueness of 7 billion of us? If we world. My role as a peace maker is to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill...
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Fostering Integration during Early Childhood

It is the task of integration to recognize risks and potentials early and to lower barriers through adapted measures. In this context children of migrants need to be able to take ad-vantage of the early childhood education and coaching. The Federal Office for Migration and the Federal Commission for Migration have launched together the project "Fostering Integration during early childhood". The goal of the project is to help migrant parents and their children to better reach the services offered in early child-hood development. In addition, the intercultural qualifications of the persons running those services will be improved. In the period from 2009 to 2011 a total number of 56 innovative projects are supported through the integration funds of the Confederation...
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Foundation for Pluralism

Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, writer, optimist and an activist of Pluralism, Justice, Peace, Islam, India and Civil Societies. He is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer offering pluralistic solutions to issues of the day to the Television, Radio, News Media and the public...
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Language training for migrants

The goal of this project is to guarantee that the offer of language courses for migrants reaches quality standards which are nationwide comparable and correspond to the learning needs. The Federal Office for Migration is developing a frame-concept for language promotion for migrants. This concept develops instruments which help to asses standards of language levels. These instruments will be made available to the partners in the cantons which in their responsibility will ensure the quality of language training courses in their regions. So far the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg (CH) has developed a “Frame-curriculum for fostering language skills for migrants”. Up to 2011 further instruments to improve the language training and to verify the communicative competences of migrants will be developed.
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Swiss Federal Office for Migration

The Federal Office for Migration is responsible for steering and coordinating the Swiss integration policy. It regulates the conditions under which people can enter Switzerland in order to live and work here and decides who will receive protection from persecution. Moreover, the Office for Migration co-ordinates Federal government, cantonal and communal efforts in behalf of integration and is the organ responsible for naturalization matters.
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Projets urbains

The Swiss federal program, "Projets urbains" aids eleven chosen smaller and mid-size municipalities to take up the challenge of multicultural diversity of their communities. To reach this goal, specific measures are discussed with participation of the population and then put into practice. Projects are developed in the following fields: urban development, social work, housing, sports, discrimination and fostering integration. The federal support is not only of financial nature. A common platform allows for exchange of experiences among the various partners and municipalities. The federal agencies also coach the projects individually and offer professional help. The program runs over a pilot phase between 2008-2011. Depending on the results of the evaluation, the Federal Government will decide upon a follow-up of this program...
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International Organization for Migration – Ukraine

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Ukraine was established in Kyiv in 1996. IOM Ukraine works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people...
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Diversity Initiative

Responding to an increase in the number of suspected racially motivated attacks in Ukraine, the IOM, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Amnesty International and other concerned civil society organizations formed the Diversity Initiative (DI) in April 2007 to begin addressing the issue in a coordinated way. DI strives to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants, refugees and visible minorities in Ukraine. It currently includes over 65 organizations from the international, civil, corporate, and government sectors as well as diplomatic missions and interested individuals. The objectives are to provide a platform and forum for civil society to network, to support the Ukrainian government’s interventions, to collect and disseminate verified and standardized information relating to suspected racially motivated...
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Living Library

The Living Library is a system whereby the ‘books’ of the library are individuals from different social or ethnic backgrounds and the ‘readers’ of the books are high school or university students. The event serves as a tool for opening dialogues between people, and in doing so provides an informal setting in which to ask questions and discuss stereotypes or prejudices. The IOM Mission in Ukraine has adopted and slightly modified the concept of “Living Library” from the model introduced by the Danish civil society organization “Stop the Violence” in 2000 (for more details please visit http://living-library.org/the-history.html). Using a 10 minute rotation system, ‘books’ and ‘readers’ get to know each other by sharing stories of their lives and informally exploring prejudices and stereotypes. The benefits of the adopted model are: the...
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Eurofound (CLIP network)

Eurofound coordinates CLIP which is a network of 30 European cities working together to support the social and economic integration of migrants. The CLIP network composition is threefold. It operates under the aegis of a number of European organisations, it comprises a network of European cities and is supported by a group of specialist European research centres...
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Migrants Right to Health in South Africa

While the right to access healthcare is guaranteed by the South African constitution, migrants still continue to face challenges in accessing care.
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migrantas – a visual language of migration

Working with public urban spaces as its platform, migrantas aims to make visible the thoughts and feelings of those who have left their own country and now live in a new one. Mobility, migration and transculturality are not the exception in our world, but are instead becoming the rule. Nevertheless, migrant women and their experiences remain often invisible to the majority of our society. Migrantas works with issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences. Members of the collective (Marula Di Como, Florencia Young, Alejandra López, Irma Leinauer), mostly women who have themselves immigrated to Germany, develop the projects with other migrant women in a horizontal dialogue. Migrantas meets with migrant women in their own...
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MITI – Migrants´ Integration Territorial Index

The general objectives of the project were the development and implementation of a methodology capable of measuring the level of integration of migrants, both at the national and regional levels. Through the identification and comparison of different models the project aimed at a better comprehension of the concept of integration. Using a common framework of statistical indicators organised into thematic areas, for each of these areas every partner explored the possibility of developing an index. Namely, a ‘Polarisation Index’, a ‘Social Stability Index’ and, finally, a ‘Labour Integration Index’. The MITI project involved a comparative study of the different levels of socio-economic integration of immigrants from Third countries across different geographical areas (regions, and major metropolitan areas) in each partner...
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A better informed and assisted voluntary return of migrants – Portugal

The proposal aims at conducting mapping exercises in Portugal to identify the main channels of information and location of potential assisted voluntary return (AVR) beneficiaries from those communities mostly seeking IOM’s AVR support. The main objective of this study is to better understand the specific channels of access to information of the migrant communities in order to promote a better informed and sustainable assisted voluntary return of migrants. Hence the project aims at developing a comprehensive database including the channels of access to information of migrant communities. This will ultimately improve and facilitate a privileged contact with these communities enabling the main actors working in the migration field to reinforce communication with the main migrant communities in Portugal. A very comprehensive analysis will be undertaken of...
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ACIDI – Evaluation of the National Immigrant Support Centres

IOM is currently conducting the 3rd Evaluation of the National Immigrant Support Services in Portugal (ACIDI). The evaluations have allowed to determine the relevance, the level of achievement of project objectives, and their impact. Another major feature of the evaluations is that they also feed lessons learned into the decision-making process of the project stakeholders and national partners. The first evaluation concerned only the National Immigrant support centres, but currently ACIDI decided to evaluate other support services, namely the Local centres, the SOS Immigrant Telephone Line and the Telephone translation service. Qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques have been applied, such as Interviews (immigrants associations; public agencies representatives) and surveys (immigrant’s users...
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Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP)

IOM Zimbabwe, in collaboration with IOM UK, has implemented the Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration programme (VARRP) since 2002. The programme assists asylum seekers and irregular migrants to return home safely and to successfully reintegrate into Zimbabwean society. Occasionally, IOM facilitates assisted voluntary return of migrants from other European countries. The VARRP is implemented through well-tailored reintegration measures that support the socio-economic integration of returnees upon their return. Qualifying individuals are assisted with return arrangements (flights and travel documentation where needed), and provided grants to engage in a selected reintegration activity under the following options: small business set-up, vocational training, education courses for adults and children. IOM...
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Dialogue for Integration: engaging religious communities (DIRECT)

DIRECT is an EU-funded project that emphasizes two-way dialogue and integration, while employing a multifaith approach that seeks to include all religious denominations. Representatives of religious communities can play an important role in the integration of their communities’ members into new societies. The DIRECT project aspires at exploring this role in more detail by conducting research and through the promotion of an active dialogue between representatives of religious communities and host societies. DIRECT emphasizes two-way dialogue and integration, while employing a multifaith approach that seeks to include all religious denominations.
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A Multifaith Approach

Funded by the European Commission and implemented by IOM Helsinki in cooperation with partners in five EU countries, this pilot project tested the usefulness of multifaith training seminars for migrant religious leaders as a tool for integration. The seminars enabled religious leaders of various denominations to meet with their peers and host society representatives, including officials, policy-makers, and various experts. The project was based on the notion that newly-arrived migrants, who are unfamiliar with their new host society, often seek support from religious communities, whose leaders can therefore play a crucial role in how migrants relate to and integrate into their host communities. The training seminars provided participants with a greater understanding of the values as well as the history, culture, and laws of their...
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Centre for Multicultural Youth

The Centre for Multicultural Youth influences both the social policy agenda and service networks to ensure that migrant and refugee young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australian society...
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Center of International Migration and Integration – Jerusalem

CIMI seeks to share knowledge and good practices among migration policy-makers, practitioners, and community groups with the goal to improve the design and implementation of migration policies and projects. CIMI develops short and long-term courses, seminars to train professionals, governmental officials and field personnel; produces professional materials; develops new projects and upgrades practices in Israel and internationally. CIMI can rely on a wide network of associated professionals with varying fields of expertise, from language study and employment, to housing, education and cross-cultural bridging...
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Italian migration in Bahia, Brazil

This research project on the Italian migration in Bahia examined the migration patterns over the last 70 years. It focused on three different periods (1950-1970, 1970-2000 and 2000-2010) that follow completely different motivations, caracteristics and even different ways of transportation. The research also focused also on Italian indigents in Bahia, a phenomenon that is not […]
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Partnerships with African Communities in Australia

Jesuit Social Services was approached in 2004 by African leaders in Melbourne to develop local community responses primarily for newly arrived refugee youth. Through building a strong and respectful partnership, adopting community-building and community development principles, we have demonstrated a partnership which advocates for participation of, and consultation with, community leaders and representatives. There are many different approaches to the task of assisting new communities to settle in Australia. The approach described here is community led in style, the outcome of a manager steeped in community development interacting with community leaders who are searching for support to develop their own programs...
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Sustaining Settlement of Sudanese Refugees – Australia

In 2008 the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) funded Lutheran Community Care (LCC) New Settler Services to conduct an investigation into sustaining the settlement of Sudanese humanitarian entrants in Murray Bridge, a regional city in South Australia, Australia. Since 2001 Murray Bridge has attracted hundreds of humanitarian entrants from various ethnic backgrounds in search of employment. The intention of the local community is to retain these new settlers and encourage others to make their home in the town. The results of the project enabled planners and settlement workers to better understand the migratory patterns (circulatory and permanent) and motivations of humanitarian entrants to and from Murray Bridge; understand both the advantages and disadvantages of life...
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SPARK: facilitating settlement of refugees children in Sydney

SPARK (St Vincent de Paul Society Assisting Refugee Kids) trains volunteers to aid in facilitating the settlement of refugee children and their families, through educational, social and cultural programs through selected primary schools in Sydney. SPARK aims to aid refugee settlement, raise mainstream community awareness about refugees and to facilitate chances for social contact and mutual appreciation between refugee and mainstream communities. SPARK harnesses the power of schools to act as hubs of community engagement and support. The programs involve over 200 community members as volunteers and draws on community resources to find local solutions to common issues, thereby enhancing existing networks and building new networks of exchange, trust and reciprocity. There are currently nine primary schools and over 200...
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Istanbul, capital of cultures

The central position of Istanbul in Turkey has resulted in attracting migrants from far and wide and all in search of the economic, cultural, and social opportunities as well as from other parts of Turkey and the picture grows more complex with returns of Turkish migrants from abroad. Although the number of foreigners living in Istanbul has increased in last decades, there is little information on their potentials, transnational ties and their contributions to the society and so far the international migration has only been associated with problems. However, the orientation toward problems has been concealing the potentials and possibilities of diversity, multiculturalism and trans-nationalism for social, cultural and economic development, innovation as well as value creation. The project thus aims to identify what these potentials and...
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Supporting the Capacities of Local Municipalities on Migration Management in Turkey

This initiative, funded through IOM’s 1035 facility, aimed to contribute to the development of local migration policies and to enhance welfare officers in a better understanding of international migration. It strengthened their ability to deal with humanitarian needs of migrants in line with the Turkish framework and international best practices. Over an eight-day training, a group of 25 selected welfare officers have been exposed to techniques for the design and delivery of social services to migrants. The training, which will be extended throughout the country, also included migrant community leaders who provided information on migrants' access to basic services and this provided participants with a unique insight into problems and living conditions of migrants directly from themselves. Moreover, a training manual entitled “Delivery of Basic Social...
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migraSEARCH

"migraSEARCH" is the latest online-tool of the Austrian Integration Fund. The optimized Google search engine scans about 750 websites which cover relevant topics on integration and migration. The ÖIF migraSEARCH allows a more efficient and faster research and an elimination of spreading loss whilst providing more accurate results. To optimize the results one can also choose certain file-types and dates of publication...
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Migration statistics for effective integration policy

One must be aware of the facts in order to discuss integration. The figures and data compiled in the 2009 Statistics Yearbook for Integration are key to developing effective integration policy. The ÖIF and Statistics Austria's brochure "Migration & Integration 2009 Data.Facts.Figures" establishes a knowledge base from which many people can benefit. Statistics should be used to understand the issue of integration. One must know the facts in order to talk about integration and be able to develop effective political integration measures. With the brochure "Migration & Integration 2009 Data.Facts.Figures" the ÖIF and Statistics Austria create a sound knowledge base that benefits everyone involved in and interested in this field. The Austrian Integration Fund and Statistics Austria developed this publication...
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Banlieues d’Europe

Blanlieues D'Europe is a European wide network, a forum for investigating the fundamental human concerns and issues within Europe (alienation, exclusion, social divisiveness especially within urban neighbourhoods. As regards these issues, Arts has a vital role to perform. Acting as a european exchange platform, the network meetings enable Culture, Town Policies, Social Work, Town development and research professionals to meet together and to reflect in depth on the problems linked to their practices...
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Successful youth program for children of refugees

The Multicultural Association of Fredericton, NB, Canada has developed a very effective and successful youth program for recent immigrants and children of refugees. The program consists of several sub-programs: Rainbow of Cultures Summer Camp, children 6 to 16 take part in activities with both cultural and social themes. Diverse nationalities are matched by children from local families. Lasting friendships and communication and social skills are the outcomes. A homework club is offered in partnership with Frontier College for newcomer children and youth. A sport program is offered with the sport equipment provided and program registration provided if necessary. This program received funding from private sponsors and government. Many of our participants become sought for members of local teams. The MCAF Music program is also a...
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Designing a model for a sustainable interfaith and intercultural network – Australia

The overall aim of this project is to design a model for a dynamic and sustainable interfaith and intercultural network for the northern region of Melbourne, a region famous for its cultural diversity. Based on active collaboration between the La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue, five municipalities and eight partner organizations from the faith and cultural sector the project is the first regionally developed network of its kind in Australia. It is intended that the network will connect various community-related organizations, such as government, religious, media, sporting, education and welfare bodies. This network will coordinate, supplement and enhance any pre-existing community based projects, plus provide recommendations to establish new framework(s) that will help improve the projects objectives...
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Capitalize on Migrant Capacities – Algeria

Algeria is today a country of emigration, immigration and transition, linked particularly to France and Italy. The project Capitalize on Migrant Capacities in Algeria intends to maximize the development impact of migration in the socio-economic context of the country, by addressing the problem of brain waste and de-skilling of prospective migrants and returnees in order to transform it into brain gain. The second objective of the project is to strengthen the links and the dialogue among Algerian migrants in Italy and France and migrant associations and local authorities in Algeria in the field of migration issues. Among other formal activities, a major one is to have two career days, in two Algerian cities, each of them in the form of a career fair and pre-departure orientation seminars. These activities will increase the capacities of prospective
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Attracting and retaining newcomers in a small city – research

Dr. Julie Drolet is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. She is the principal investigator of a study titled "Settlement Experiences of Family-Class Immigrants in a Small City." She is working towards creating a more welcoming and inclusive community in Kamloops, British Columbia, in order to attract and to retain newcomers in the Interior of BC. As a social work researcher, teacher and community member, she contributes to community engagement and dialogue on settlement and integration issues in Canada...
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Settlement and Integration in a small city

This community-based study looks at the settlement experiences of family immigrants in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The importance of this study is in the opportunity to learn about settlement challenges newcomers face in smaller communities. This study helps to understand what changes need to be made in order to better serve and support their on-going transition. The best practices discovered as a result of this research are as follows: information and education about the diversity of cultural norms needs to be introduced to a community at every level to facilitate understanding and cooperation. Greater collaboration between organizations working with immigrants will help the integration process. The main reasons that retain newcomers are: affordability of basic life needs, accessibility and proximity to services (health care,...
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Talking Faiths, a project that uses migration stories as interfaith bridges

Talking Faiths is a collaborative project that supports intercultural and interfaith dialogue in communities and schools, using migration stories as bridges to increase interest and understanding. The project provides a framework for young people to explore interfaith issues through a multicultural perspective, and is supported by the programs, exhibitions and online materials of the Immigration Museum. 130 students from different faith backgrounds participated in a series of workshops. Students engaged in dialogue both virtual and face to face. Activities promoting an understanding of ‘other’ ultimately contributed to the building of an exhibition and an online education resource. The documentary makers produced both video and photographic content reflecting the journey of the participants providing a visual guide to...
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Turning challenges into concrete opportunities: the Austrian Integration Fund

The ÖIF works toward the linguistic, occupational, and social integration of people who have been granted asylum or subsidiary protection and migrants, based on their responsibilities and rights in Austria...
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Mentors share their business expertise with migrant mentees

"Mentoring for Migrants" is a joint initiative of the Austrian Integration Fund, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, and the AMS job market service. The goal is to bring together experienced individuals from the business world - mentors - and people from a migrant background - mentees - and support them in their integration into the Austrian job market. Mentors work with their mentees for about six months to develop activities related to entering the job market. As well-networked figures in the business world, mentors can provide their protégés with valuable assistance, advice, and contacts. The "Mentoring for Migrants" project is aimed at people from a migrant background who have completed a minimum of an apprenticeship or a higher level of training, demonstrate sufficient German skills, and have access to the Austrian labor...
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ÖIF JOB CENTER

The Job Center at the Vienna Integration Center is a project financed by the Austrian Integration Fund. Anyone granted asylum or subsidiary protection can benefit from the ÖIF Job Center's services and can take advantage of professional counseling and support, including training on application and motivation and support in contacting employers.The integration center’s job coaches provide support in the preparation of application material and help in contacting potential employers. The Job Center also offers special support for adolescents in the search for an apprenticeship, advanced schools, and specific career training. The ÖIF Job Center also offers advantages to employers, with effective placement based on individual qualification surveys and preparing clients for the Austrian labor market...
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A media platform providing info on migration and integration themes

The purpose of this magazine is to make an objective, clear, and solution-oriented contribution to the discussion on migration, refugees, and integration. Focus on Integration is a media platform providing information about new projects, research, and initiatives for those working in the field of integration and migration. Focus on Integration is published quarterly for partners, NGOs, key communicators, employees, and others interested in the subject of integration. There are also special editions, such as the "European Funds" issue. Focus on Integration is an informational magazine aimed at the meeting users' needs: current reports on the ÖIF's plans and projects, experts, NGOs, and others working in the field of migration and integration can publish material on their projects and expertise, following the international and...
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Bridging the Gap: empowering young Muslims and elders

The Bridging the Gap project, an initiative of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, is proudly supported by the Australian Government's National Action Plan funding program (more information here). Bridging the Gap addressed intergenerational issues and barriers between community elders and young Muslim men. The project aimed to reduce marginalisation by empowering young men and elders within their communities and the wider Australian community. The issue of disconnectedness between older and younger Muslim generations is a real issue that has been identified through National Action Plan (NAP) community consultations. The project encouraged the emergence of young Muslim men as leaders to be respected / accepted by their community and for the young leaders to become actively involved as...
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The Integration Award for Sports

State Secretary, Dr. Reinhold Lopatka, initiated the "Association to Encourage Integration through Sports" and created the "Integration Award for Sports" in cooperation with the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF). Successful integration is combined with positive images in sports, contributing to an increased sense of "togetherness". When people of different nationalities, religions, or with different worldviews meet through sports, there is generally no room for reservations; skills like tolerance, fairness, team spirit, and solidarity can be explored and shared. A jury comprising individuals from the fields of sports, business, and social affairs selects the best projects. They look closely at qualities like sustainability, originality, working method, visibility, and the level of volunteerism. The only condition is that the projects must have already...
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Migrants are offered private counseling at their apartments

The Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) offers mobile integration support based at their integration centers and integration houses. Integration counselors regularly visit recognized refugees and people granted subsidiary protection in the communities in which they live. The integration counselors are local contacts for their clients and community residents. ÖIF mobile integration support provides concrete advantages for recognized refugees, people granted subsidiary protection, and communities. Mobile integration support is not a project, but rather an organizational concept of the integration centers and integration houses. Mobile support is currently being offered in Styria in the following areas: Judenburg, Leoben, Trofaiach, Eisenerz, Kapfenberg, Graz, Wagna and other select communities. The purpose of mobile support is to...
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Drop-in service to assist African refugees day to day

Mount Alexander Shire Council's Castlemaine African community project supports African Australians from a refugee background to settle in the town of Castlemaine, an old gold mining town of 10,000 people about 120 km from the city of Melbourne, Australia. The Council employs two project staff including a coordinator and multi-lingual community support worker who speaks Dinka, Arabic and English. The council project provides an informal drop-in service which assists people day to day in settlement related matters such as making calls with interpreters, developing resumes, understanding forms and providing broad advice on other supports or information available to people. The project has an adult work experience program placing people with local small businesses to diversify their skills beyond the meat factory where most work...
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A network that pairs up migrants and local Danish women

KVINFO's Mentor Network is a programme that pairs up refugee and immigrant women with women who are firmly established members of the Danish society. Taking the needs and wishes of the individual into account, the programme opens doors for these women and helps them become better acquainted with all aspects of Danish society. The mentoring relationship provides the opportunity for one-on-one meetings between mentee and mentor in which both parties are treated as equals. Mentor and mentee are paired up according to the mentee's educational and professional background and her personal wishes and goals. Built upon mutual respect and trust, the aim of the relationship is to assist the mentee in fully realizing her potential, in turn enabling her to progress successfully with her life in Denmark. Today, the...
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Konnecting: a migration and recruitment agency – Australia.

Konnecting is a skilled migration and recruitment agency in Australia. Konnecting assists migrants with their visa applications and where possible connect them with employers. For migrants, employment is the basis for their success, prosperity and ultimate integration into Australian society. Konnecting also tends to the needs of local employers struggling to fill positions with skill shortages. There are cross training benefits with the transfer of skills and knowledge to Australians and often back to the migrants home country if the expat returns home. Migrants also send economic benefits back home. Konnecting also provides assistance in the basic settlement needs like guidance on housing, insurance, banking, community groups and more...
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A virtual exploration of Franco-African immigrants’ arrival in Alberta – Canada

The Karibuni (Ki-Swahili for Welcome) DVD documentary, created by Victor Moke-Ngala, takes participants on a virtual exploration of Franco-African immigrants’ arrival in Alberta. Through this documentary, participants learn of the journey Franco-Africans take in leaving their original homes, arriving in Canada, experiencing the challenges and barriers to integration and eventually finding support and joining welcoming communities within their new home country. The Karibuni manual provides further education and resources in the area of migration to Canada to help participants build a more in-depth awareness and knowledge about the experiences, barriers and challenges newcomers face. The Karibuni manual offers education in the area of: understanding migrant issues, understanding the concept of integration...
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Migrant Routes Program

The Migrant Routes program uses education and training to help community members, workers, educators and students to explore the experiences, challenges and barriers newcomers face when settling in Canada and to help develop and identify ways to build anti-racist, equitable and inclusive spaces for migrants in their new Canadian communities. Migrant Routes workshops do the following: examines the experiences/challenges/barriers that migrants face when joining and becoming a part of Canadian communities including workplaces, schools, organizations, and other social, political and economic institutions; addresses how discrimination and racism can impact migrants through policies and practices; provides the capacity for participants to build their own awareness of the social, economic, political conditions and relations...
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Centre for race and Culture – CRC

Since 1993, the Centre for Race and Culture (CRC) has worked throughout northern Alberta to foster social harmony and cultural inclusion.The Migrant Routes program works with organizations, workplaces, schools, unions and communities to build inclusive and equitable spaces for newcomers to Canada...
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Polish educational system for migrants

As the Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Education, Krzysztof Stanowski has the responsibility to open Polish educational system for migrants, national minorities as well as providing educational support to Polish migrants abroad. Krzysztof Stanowski is also the leader of the Education for Democracy in Warsaw and vice-chair of the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy. These organizations have implemented dozens of projects in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mongolia empowering national minorities and displaced persons...
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The use of art as a civic engagement

Graphic designer & active citizen, the artist Estelle Tijou is playing an avant-garde role in delivering powerful visual messages for a better dialogue between people of different cultures and religions. In using art as a way to empower people through the image, Estelle gives a voice to migrants living in France in addressing key themes related to integration, human rights or identity. The aim of her artworks is to challenge the French society and to change the public perceptions in regards to migrants and refugees better integration in their host country...
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Fundación CEAR-Habitáfrica

Fundación CEAR-Habitáfrica combats the uprooting and mitigates the causes and consequences of the forced migration of vulnerable populations or at risk of exclusion in Africa. It is a development NGO, whose mission is to combat the uprooting and mitigate the causes and consequences of the forced migration of vulnerable populations or at risk of exclusion in Africa, through the promotion of stable, sustainable, safe and productive human settlements and the accompaniment of the development dynamics induced by migration...
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Articulated Space of Codevelopment Spain-Morocco (EACEM)

The “EACEM” is a transnational experience of network reinforcement between Morocco and Spain. The aim is to reach the integral human development of the communities in the Nord of Morocco, and to consolidate the links between the Spanish society and the Moroccan society. The activities include the following: creation of six co development committees in Morocco and Spain (around 80 associations involved); constitution of a Rifain Initiatives Transnational Centre, in Madrid, as a centre of meeting, realization of activities and projects’ dynamization for the rifain (North of Morocco) diaspora, annual transnational meetings between all working groups; creation of the EACEM platform; realization of a Research Action Participation (RAP) Process, in a transnational way, by the Madrid Autonomous University (UAM); utilization of the new...
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Welcoming Communities Initiative

Medium-sized cities in Ontario need to attract and include immigrants in order to boost their economies and slow population decline. Welcoming Communities Initiative provides advice on how to better serve and integrate newcomers...
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Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies

CMRS is program of education, research, and outreach on international mobility and refugee issues. It focuses on the Middle East and Africa and combines both migration and refugee studies...
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Intercultural cities network

The Intercultural cities pilot developed a model for integration of migrants/minorities based on the analysis of innovative practice of cities across Europe and exploring the notion of diversity advantage (diversity can be a resource, not a threat, if managed properly). The pilot designed, tested and validated a comprehensive methodology and a set of tools to enable local authorities to develop intercultural policies and strategies in partnership with civil society, professionals and public services. These tools include a Policy assessment grid which outlines the main elements of a strategic approach to intercultural integration (10 steps to an intercultural city strategy), puts forward questions and criteria for assessing city policy and governance “through the intercultural lens” and examples from cities across Europe. The
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Australian Football League Multicultural Program

Goals of the AFL Multicultural Program:build community capacity in culturally and linguistically diverse communities; influence community clubs and leagues to embrace multicultural diversity; use the strength, power and popularity of the game as a vehicle to promote social inclusion education, settlement and integration into Australia; the pillars that sustain our framework are: a partnership between the AFL and people from multicultural communities. That is based on acknowledgment, equality, respect and mutually beneficial outcomes; enable people from non-multicultural background’s to be culturally respectful and to adopt appropriate protocols; enable people from culturally diverse backgrounds to excel in AFL affiliated organizations; educate the broader community about multicultural communities and cultural diversity...
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Policesol Training Programme

In the past decade, the United Kingdom has seen a significant increase in the arrival of individuals seeking political asylum in the country. As a result, the Police like other statutory partners have had to respond and deal with an increase in incidents and a variety of additional concerns, complicated by both language and cultural barriers. It became apparent that individuals arriving to the UK had little knowledge of their rights and responsibilities, particularly with regard to sensitive quality of life issues such as; when experiencing racial abuse, when suffering forms of domestic violence responsibilities in respect of children and their safety (i.e. leaving young children in the care of slightly older siblings) and having knowledge of the legal implications of using motor vehicles. These areas were further complicated because of a reluctance to...
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Community Harmony Guide for Local Government

StepOne is a website which provides guidance and practical resources to government, councils and community groups interested in implementing community cohesion and anti-racism initiatives. The site features downloadable ‘best practice’ case studies covering a range of communities and issues, especially those which reduce racism, intolerance, and negative stereotypes; build positive and sustainable relationships between communities; get communities working together and interacting; deal with the ‘difficult stuff’ of living together, not just soft multiculturalism; move beyond the ‘multicultural festival’ model (food, dance etc); show us how to live in harmony, making the most of our racial, cultural, social and religious diversity.
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Eigse Laoghaire Multi-Cultural Arts

Eigse Laoghaire, translates as Artists Sharing, is a platform for expression to the wonderful range of cultures living in the community of Dún Laoghaire . Until 1999, the community of the town of Dún Laoghaire was made up intrinsically of Irish citizens; then with the expansion of the European Union many people came from Eastern Europe to live and work in our community, along with many people from the troubled parts of the World who came seeking refuge to Ireland. Eigse Laoghaire was determined to make all welcome. All our performances,exhibitions and publications are in aid of local community charities; thus, not only contributing to the cultural life, but to the quality of life of the community. When all the people seeking asylum were sent away from our community, the Combined Resident’s Association (umbrella committee for...
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