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San Francisco and Oakland celebrate May Day

Author: David Bacon Date: May 2012 Source: SAN FRANCISCO AND OAKLAND, CA – Among the many different events celebrating May Day in San Francisco and Oakland were the occupation of an intersection in San Francisco’s financial district, and an immigrant rights march through East Oakland.  Participants in Occupy San Francisco, groups in the Progressive Workers […]
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Common ground on the kill floor – organizing smithfield

Author: David Bacon Date: April 2012 Source: Labornote website http://labornotes.org/blogs/2012/04/common-ground-kill-floor-organizing-smithfield Keith Ludlum and Terry Slaughter are two slaughterhouse workers who helped organize the union at the Smithfield Foods plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina.  Here they tell the story of the way African American, white and Mexican immigrant workers were able to find common ground […]
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Migrants Steel Workers March Against Unjust Firings

Author: David Bacon Date: February 18, 2012 Source: Truthout Two hundred immigrant workers, their wives, husbands, children, and hundreds of supporters marched through downtown Berkeley February 17, protesting their firing from Pacific Steel Castings.  The company is one of the city’s biggest employers, and the largest steel foundry west of the Mississippi River.  Starting at City […]
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Seattle Port Strike Challenges “Independent Contractor” Lie

  Author:  David Bacon Date: February 21, 2012 Source: In These Times, Website edition http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/12775/seattle_port_strike_challenges_independent_contractor_lie Truck drivers in the Puget Sound shut down ports for two weeks-and begin to shift the balance of power. Abdulkader Ali asks a driver to join the strike. SEATTLE-Employers say they’re “independent contractors.” Drivers call that a legal trick to deny […]
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Marching Away From The Cold War

Author: David Bacon Date: January 2012 Source: Monthly Review Press One sign carried in almost every May Day march of the last few years in the United States says it all: “We are Workers, not Criminals!” Often it was held in the calloused hands of men and women who looked as though they’d just come […]
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Project Shine, USA

At the heart and soul of SHINE, is the belief that communities of all ages and cultures where all members engage in meaningful roles that contribute to the growth, knowledge and wisdom of each member are strong, healthy and sustainable communities.
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Diaspeace

Exiled populations – who increasingly refer to themselves as diaspora communities – hold a strong stake in the fate of their countries of origin. In an increasingly interconnected world, they engage in 'long-distance politics' towards their homelands, send financial remittances and support social development in their communities of origin. Transnational diaspora networks have thus become global forces shaping the relationship between countries, regions and continents.
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TIES: Integration of the Second generation

TIES aims to study the topic of integration, be it economic, social, educational, or in terms of identity. The research focuses the long-term consequences of the large-scale labour migration experienced by all western and northern European countries since the 1960s. The main objective is to create the first systematic and rigorous common European dataset on these issues - relevant not only for a better general understanding, but also for the development of policies at all levels of government.
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EUMARGINS

EUMARGINS is a collaborative project financed by The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) of the European Union. The research focus is on inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants in seven European countries.
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Categorisations and Discourses

EUMARGINS is a collaborative project financed by The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) of the European Union. The research focus is on inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants in seven European countries.
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The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) is an international not-for-profit organisation in the field of refugees and migration. THP facilitates coordinated collaboration globally in the field of migration, in all its forms, with a focus on protecting human rights through policy development and engendering effective policy-to-practice solutions.
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Migrant Skills Transfer in Aquaculture and Fisheries: The case of Greece and Egypt

The proposed project essentially consists of the mapping‐registration, appreciation and databasing of the human capital needs in the growing Egyptian Aquaculture, and their partial matching by means of the corresponding mapping, selection and data‐basing of the Egyptian migrant workforce capabilities available and directly affected in the Greek Aquaculture and Fisheries. To enhance the chances for a successful and sustainable matching of the identified needs (Egypt) with the identified migrant capacities (Greece) we propose the deployment of an innovative intrasector ‘up‐skilling’ program to be addressed to a selected part of the Egyptian migrant workforce in Greece. Data‐base sharing and the intense networking facilitation among the above two respective and interested professional corpuses is expected to (a) lead to the ‘up‐skilling’ of the Egyptian migrant workforce in Greece, (b) result to the gradual ‘brain‐gain’ and (c) to the support of ‘knowledge exchange and transfer’ in favour of Egypt.
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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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Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 cities, 20 Good Practices

The second issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices features twenty of the most innovative US cities in the area of immigrant integration. These cities are diverse, ranging in size and geographic location. Yet, each highlights good examples of immigrant integration programs, whether through public-private partnerships, advisory initiatives, or action-oriented programs.
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Hispanic Liaison Office, Richmond, Virginia

In 2004, the City of Richmond created the Hispanic Liaison Office in response to this demographic growth. The Hispanic Liaison Office improves access to city and community services; promotes community information, education and citizen participation; and supports city agencies in developing the capacity to interact, communicate and serve the city’s diverse community. The Hispanic Liaison Office also promotes diversity within the city by sponsoring the Imagine Festival, which highlights Richmond’s diverse community and public safety, as well as by supporting the outdoor ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia, one of the largest Latino festivals in the state and in the southern United States.
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Immigrant Advisory Committee, Boulder, Colorado

The Immigrant Advisory Committee to the City Manager was developed in 2006 to encourage immigrant involvement in the city government and to advise the city on issues relating to the immigrant community. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the city manager in developing policies and services for the immigrant community. The committee likewise encourages the immigrant community to access these city benefits, opportunities and services.
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Office of International Affairs, Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to create a multicultural community and to serve all members of the community, particularly new residents. OIA works to integrate immigrants and refugees into Louisville by connecting them to governmental and non-governmental resources and by serving as an information clearinghouse. Louisville provides many services to the immigrant community, including a community language bank for interpreters and translators; social services, i.e. resettlement agencies; English as a second language classes; career opportunities; leadership opportunities that foster interest in and promote educational, civic, and social service activities.
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Hispanic and Immigrant Liaison, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne’s Community Development, Planning & Policy Department created the Hispanic and Immigrant Liaison position in 2009. The liaison works to establish communication with the Hispanic community as well as with the general immigrant community. The liaison provides information and assistance for accessing city services and is involved in community development planning projects that affect the city’s immigrant communities. In addition, the liaison educates the community at large about the changes and cultural issues associated with Fort Wayne’s diverse populations. The liaison works to continuously collaborate, coordinate and organize community events that benefit recent immigrants, refugees and other diverse communities.
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Best Employers for New Canadians competition

Canada’s Top 100 Employers recognizes Canada’s best places to work through different competitions. The Best Employers for New Canadians competition. is a campaign launched for the first time in 2007 that it is managed by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in partnership with the mentoring program ALLIES, a joint initiative of the The […]
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Still not easy being British

Tariq Modood, Director of the University of Bristol Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, has published his new book “Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship”. As a leading authority on these subjects within British academia, Modood describes the growth of Muslim political assertiveness in the context of rethinking multiculturalism […]
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Vancouver, an exemplary diverse city

In an interview to the Canadian news channel CTV, Mayor Gregor Robertson, praised Vancouver’s diversity because it “doesn’t just provide it with an identity and reputation for being welcoming – it’s also the city’s ticket to future prosperity.” By 2031, nearly 60 per cent of Vancouver residents will be visible minorities, up from 42 per […]
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BBC documentary explores racial tensions in Sweden

For his latest project the acclaimed photographer Joseph Rodriguez turned his lens on a group of young Muslims growing up in the city of Malmo, Sweden. Rodriguez attempts to find out why racial tensions are increasing in one of the most progressive countries in Europe. Rosengard in Malmo is symbolic of the divide between the […]
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Paid internships on media and migration with IOM

The IOM and its partners are recruiting 24 interns for a three months traineeship each to work within the framework of the project 'Migrants in the Spotlight: Training and Capacity Building for Media Representatives and Students', financed by the European Commission. Applicants should be young professionals or students of journalism, social studies, political sciences or a related field, who are interested in migration and media issues and are immigrants or come from a family of immigrants. Those applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in migration issues but do not possess an immigration background will be also considered; however, preference will be given to the first group.
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Filipino migrants in Egypt join international condemnation of violence

Migrante-Middle East, an alliance of various Filipino migrant rights groups in the Middle East, strongly condemned the on-going crackdown on freedom of the Egyptian people and the violence used by some demonstrators. John Leonard Monterona, Migrante Middle East regional director said that in order to concretely express their solidarity with the Egyptians and other peace […]
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Immigration reform, Gays and Lesbians to sponsor their partners?

When or how a comprehensive immigration reform will happen in the US remains uncertain. However, one of the issues that will be considered is the possibility for gays and lesbians to sponsor their life partners for residency in the US. An increasing number of Fortune 500 companies, such as Pfizer, American Airlines, Cisco Systems, Nike […]
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The EU against jeopardizing temporary migrant workers’ rights

The European Parliament disagreed on a draft law that would introduce a European single permit for migrants. The proposal was rejected (306 in favour, 350 against and 25 abstentions) on the grounds that it would create a a two-tier workforce. EU’s current approach to economic migration encourages the immigration of highly qualified workers and temporary […]
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Made in L.A. documentary film

Made in L.A. is a documentary that follows the story of three Latina immigrants working in the clothing industry in Los Angeles that try to win basic labor protections from clothing retailer Forever 21. The documentary presents the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by their three-year odyssey. […]
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Cuts to Integration Budgets in US and the EU

Recession-battered European countries made cuts to their integration programs in 2009. These cuts have continued in 2010 exception made of Germany, only EU-country that has increased integration spending. In the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the combination of recession and new policies are impacting on integration programs. The governing coallition in the United Kingdom has […]
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Migrant women, leading fighters for domestic workers’ rights in the US

Migrant women make up a growing proportion of home-based employees in the United States, including caregivers for children, the elderly and those with disabilities, housekeepers and nannies. Mobilization of this collective is, however, challenging. They are often worried about their precarious immigration status. CASA de Maryland and Domestic Workers United (DWU), two leading migrants’ organizations […]
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Japan: more skilled migrants and new integration policies

The Tokyo-based think tank Japan Forum on International Relations has submitted a set of policy recommendations on migration to the Prime Minister of Japan. The document “Prospects and Challenges for the Acceptance of Foreign Migrants to Japan” affirms that the country is losing favour as an investment destination because of several factors, including skilled labour […]
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UNHCR and CoE: How can refugees learn to trust the state again?

UNHCR and the Council of Europe organized a round table of experts in Strasbourg in order to examine the role of local integration and resettlement as a means of addressing refugee problems and finding durable solutions. “The purpose of the round table was to hold a fruitful exchange of views and ideas as to how […]
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Pew research: Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

A recent national survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, concludes that “86% of Latinos support providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if they pass background checks, pay a fine and have jobs.” This level of support among the general public is also high (68%). The survey […]
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Researchers agree that immigration is economically and socially beneficial to Europe

With the economic downturn fears are growing across European societies that immigrants are hindering, not helping. According to Eurostat, EU’s statistics agency, the 27 members countries of the EU were host to 32 million foreign citizens in 2009, of which around one third were from another EU27 country. Christian Dustmann, economics professor at University College […]
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Are countries shutting their doors to migrants?

In an article published in the Minnpost, several experts analyze the status of migration in different regions of the world. Migration isn’t just about rich countries shunning the arrival of migrants from poorer ones. According to the UNDP, only about one-third of migrants move from a developing country to a developed one. The economic downturn […]
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Challenges of migrant women in ageing societies

The FEMAGE project has released the report “Immigrant Women and their integration in ageing societies” . Coordinated by the Bundesinstitut fuer Bevoelkerungsforschung and funded by the European Commission, the general objectives of FEMAGE were “to generate and gain knowledge about the experiences, living conditions, and expectations of third country immigrant women regarding their migration and […]
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Internship Program helps newcomers integrate in Canada

Canada has launched a New Federal Internship for Newcomers Program. Over the past two years, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) ran two similar pilot internship initiatives. These initiatives benefited 29 interns last year. Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Canada Economic Development […]
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Destination Casa Blanca returns with a series on immigration

Destination Casa Blanca is weekly round-table discussion of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN). Focusing on political debate and news analysis on relevant areas for the US Latino community, the series features a series of discussions on immigration. It includes discussion about the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (D.R.E.A.M Act); the […]
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New report released by the Migration Policy Institute’s “Migrants, Migration, and Development Program”

The report, Heritage Tourism and Nostalgia Trade: A Diaspora Niche in the Development Landscape, is the result of a study conducted by MPI’s Kathleen Newland and Carylanna Taylor in cooperation with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The report analyses diasporas’ role in promoting trade and tourism in their countries of origin. This report […]
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Photo Exhibition about Spanish Immigrants in New York

The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU hosts the photo exhibit “La Colonia” from September 17, 2010 to January 9, 2011. Organized by the New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio, this exhibition will chronicle the history of Spanish workers that migrated to US in the early decades of the twentieth […]
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Migration and Integration in Cairo

In the last decades, Egypt has increasingly become a destination country for irregular migration as well as a transit country for migrants coming mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa en route to Europe, transiting through Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Three kinds of migrants arrive to Egypt: asylum seekers, internal migration from Upper Egypt and migrants from other countries that use Cairo as a stepping stone before emigrating to the EU.
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Migration and Integration in Singapore

the City is now is a true melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Arabic communities. With four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil) and an impressive number of religions practiced (Buddhism and Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, and 15% with no religious affiliation), Singapore is a true example of a cosmopolitan City.
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Succesful integration stories of Roma in France

Outside Paris’ city limits about 20 small pre-fabricated box homes talk about integration of Roma in France. This project was promoted by a charity and the local government. Roma that live there committed themselves to find a job and send their children to school. This project has proven that Roma are willing to integrate. The […]
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Building Cultural Competence in the Workplace workshop

The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) will be delivering a Building Cultural Competence in the Workplace workshop across Victoria during September, October and November 2010. This full-day workshop has been designed to include elements of cross cultural communication. Several issues that will be addressed include the benefits of cultural diversity in the workplace; strategies to develop […]
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The Italian Conference of Bishops advocates for Roma people’s rights

In reference to the expulsion of Roma people, Giancarlo Perego of the Italian Episcopal Conference defended that European citizens cannot be expelled only because they weigh heavily on the welfare system. Roma people are members of the EU. The free movement of people is “one of the fundamental principles of tomorrow’s Europe.” The creation of […]
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Migration contributes to business success in Germany

A Cologne-based public relations firm has found a strength in multiculturalism. The firm employs people with roots in Turkey, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Japan, Korea, China, India, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. This multiculturalism is good for both the business and the employees. The firm serves foreign businesses looking to target German consumers, and German businesses […]
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The difficult integration of Chinese migrants in Africa

In this article published by the chinese media website Danwei, Tessa Thorniley explores the reasons and consequences of Chinese migration in Africa, interviewing migrants and locals in Windhoek, Luanda, Beijing and Shanghai. Thorniley describes how the rapid growth of small Chinese-owned businesses is viewed by locals with suspicion and, in some cases, hostility. The estimated […]
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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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Internal migration in China, an integration challenge

An estimated number of 200 million Chinese migrants has left the countryside and lives in cities. These internal migrants lack access to basic rights such as schooling, housing and education. A recent conference organized by the Association for Canadian Studies, with China’s Fudan University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, highlighted that the use […]
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Improving Labour Market Outcomes for Migrants in the European Union in the Context of EU2020 Agenda

The EC-funded IOM Independent Network of Labour Migration and Integration Experts (LMIE‑INET) presented the preliminary findings of its comparative study on Migration, Employment and the Outcomes of Labour Market Integration Policies in the European Union conducted by IOM in January-May 2010. The study investigates the interrelations between migration and employment in national labour markets of […]
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OECD blames economic crisis for global fall in migration

The OECD has just issued its "International Migration Outlook 2010". The report highlights that the number of migrants going to the most developed countries dropped by 6% in 2008.
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Swiss TV shows integration of migrants in their new homeland

This Swiss TV program examines different patterns of the integration of "New Swiss" migrants in their host country. Videos report successful models of social integration, such as a the story of a Kosovar refugee who became an award-winning cheesemonger, a video of a Migrant Serb of Bosnia who is now Lieutenant for the Swiss Army, a report on a social worker from Albanian background, dedicated to the integration of youth from the Balkans, an interview of a Tamil war refugee engaged in local politics or the successful example of a Chinese refugee who owns a fashion label in Zurich.
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European and North-American Muslims identify strongly with their countries of residence

The Gallup Coexist Index 2009, A Global Study of Interfaith Relations, found that North Americans are more likely to be tolerant or integrated than Europeans. The survey classifies respondents in 3 categories: those who are “isolated”, the “tolerant” who are respectful and open to other faiths and practices, and the “integrated” who feel respected by […]
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Immigration improves employment, productivity and incomes in the U.S

According to a study released by the Migration Policy Institute called “The impact of immigrants in recession and economic expansion”, immigration improves employment, productivity and incomes in the U.S. Professor Giovanni Peri claims that the impact of immigration in the short term varies depending in the country economic health. According to Peri, “When an economy […]
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EU: Arab Mediterranean Challenges – Unemployment & Migration

Labor regulations in Arab Mediterranean Countries (AMCs) impose rigid rules and costs but only provide a low level of protection for the majority of workers, increasing migration pressures for them as well. As result of immigration from the Arab Mediterranean Countries, the European Union is facing a new challenge in providing decent work opportunities for […]
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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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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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Turkey lobbies for rights of migrants in Europe

Turkey is pressing the Council of Europe to adopt strong resolutions in the hopes that member states, especially those that are part of the European Union, will extend better protections to minorities, including Turkish expats and migrants living in Western Europe. Read more about this article How useful was this information? Users ratings 3.00 out […]
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IOM report highlights labor violation laws in Italy

The report recommends that the relevant authorities investigate migrants’ inhumane working conditions.
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Doing Business in a Multicultural World: Challenges and Opportunities

The business community has a role to play in establishing dialogue and improving understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions. This report explores the cross-cultural challenges companies are facing and highlights good practices and lessons learned.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The protection of migrant workers and its impacts on origin and destination countries

The ILO study, “International Labour Migration: A rights-based approach” is an analysis on  international labor migration, its impacts on origin and destination countries, and the conditions of work experienced by migrant workers. How useful was this information? Users ratings 3.00 out of 5
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Cities accommodating diversity – Dive project

Cities accommodating diversity – Dive project Led by Eurocities, the European city network, DIVE explores how cities like Amsterdam, Rome, Leeds, Berlin and London effectively promotes diversity  in the areas of employment, policy making, service provision and procurement. Learn more about the DIVE project How useful was this information? Users ratings 3.00 out of 5
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The effect of the economic crisis on attitudes toward immigration

This report addresses immigration and integration issues including the effect of the economic crisis on attitudes toward immigration
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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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Building Switzerland for All of us

CDS wants to contribute to a nation of communities. Through families, congregations, neighborhoods and friends, what will define Switzerland of tomorrow is how we come together as one today. In healthy communities, we feel safe, valued, welcome, happy. What makes a community vibrant also makes a vibrant nation. CDS wants to create these community values - their essential belief that we are all connected to each other and interdependent, that the Switzerland community includes everyone and leaves no one behind, that we care for each other and believe in shared responsibility and shared sacrifice, that we know everyone has inherent value and worth in the story. CDS wants to develop the campaign for community values a national coalition that will bring together over 360 grassroots community organizations that is...
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