EUROPEAN UNION EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL JUSTICE FREEDOM AND SECURITY Direction B : Immigration, asylum and borders INTI PREPARATORY ACTIONS 2006 Cod.Prog: JLS/2006/INTI/061 “ROUTES” THE WAY TO INTEGRATION Promoter: Veneto Lavoro Organisation: Veneto Lavoro Contact person: Raffaella Papes Address: Via Ca’ Marcello 67/B, I-30172 Mestre Venezia Telephone: +39 041 2919384 ; 0032 486 106235 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Website: www.venetolavoro.it Partners: Name Country (official Post code Town/City ISO 2 code) 1 Veneto Lavoro IT 30172 VENICE-ITALY Regione Veneto-Direzione sicurezza pubblica e IT 30123 VENICE-ITALY flussi migratori Regione Puglia IT 70126 BARI-ITALY Unione Sindacale Regionale CISL Veneto IT 30171 MESTRE-ITALY The Stockholm Region SE 10064 STOCKHOLM- SWEDEN City of Uppsala – Youth and Employment office SE 75375 UPPSALA-SWEDEN Fundacion Comunidad Valenciana- Region BE 1040 BRUXELLES- Europea BELGIUM Federacion Nacional Union de Consumadores ES 28004 MADRID-SPAIN Europeos Euroconsumo Menedék-Hungarian Association for Migrants HU 1077 BUDAPEST- HUNGARIAN Association of local Authorities of Central GR 58005 EDESSA-GREECE Macedonia -ALEKSANDROS Livstycket SE 16364 SPANGA-SWEDEN COOPI (Cooperazione Internazionale) IT 20151 MILAN-ITALY SAMAH (Foundation of Unaccompanied Minor NL 1000 AB AMSTERDAM- Refugees Humanitas) HOLLAND Government of the Province of Carinthia AT A-9020 KLAGENFURT- AUSTRIA ACIME-Immigration Observatory PT 1150-025 LISBOA-PORTUGAL Federacion Valenciana de Municipios y ES 46001 VALENCIA-SPAIN Provincias ASSOCIATED PARTNERS: 1 Consult http://publications.europa.eu/code/pdf/370000fr.htm for the complete list of ISO 2 country codes City of Vasteras,proAros, Employment and SE 72187 VASTERAS-SWEDEN Support Integration Unit Integra-Integration SE 75375 UPPSALA-SWEDEN Region Bruxelles Capitale BE 1035 BRUXELLES- BELGIUM Fundacion Alianza para el Desarrollo ES 28045 MADRID-SPAIN ERLAI BE 1040 BRUXELLES- BELGIUM Social Solidarity GR 54631 THESSALONIKI- GREECE AMNYOS Sud FR 13 858 AIX EN PROVENCE- FRANCE Region of Central Macedonia GR 54008 THESSALONIKI- GREECE Fundacion Social Francisco de Vitoria ES 28223 MADRID-SPAIN Description 1 The project “ Routes” aims at supporting the setting up of trans-national co-operation networks, exchanging and evaluating good practices and new approaches in the field of immigrants’ integration. These approaches accompany and contribute to a trend that views an increasingly closer collaboration between public institutions, NGOs and immigrant associations in improving immigrants’ integration as well as the progressive localization of the political choices in guaranteeing an adequate response to integration needs. In particular, the reinforcement and development of consultation mechanisms at a local and regional level represents the most effective way to maintain a dialogue between immigrants and hosting communities, as well as with those institutions and other stake holders involved in the integration process. In order to achieves its aims the project will identify, collect, and deeply analyse good practices concerning integration governance policies produced by local governments as well as those valuable experiences produced by NGOs and immigrant associations that concretely operate in the integration field. All the information about the governance of integration policies at regional and national level, and the practices developed by NGO s and immigrants associations, can represent a useful knowledge base to support both other policy makers developing integration policies in other regions, and other actors operating in the field. In order to provide a better support, instead of providing a mere list of good practices, the project aims at producing a model and a set of recommendations able to integrate to most valuable findings and the conditions for their application in different contexts. This could be thought as a framework for a better integration of the immigrants, outlining, for each aspect of the integration process recommended actions based on concrete experiences. Furthermore, through the implementation of project findings in a concrete test case, “Routes” will be able to produce an evidence of the benefits of the project results increasing the potential for dissemination, and allowing for an additional understanding on where concrete action can be improved for future activities. Furthermore, “Routes” will ensure the widest possible dissemination of its results to the various actors concerned. In fact, it builds upon its wide background of experiences and can rely, through its partners, upon a wide and heterogeneous network of networks in the field. Specifically “Routes” partners belong to the following networks: Cadses Migranet, Interreg Svilma, Interreg C2C and the ENSA network (European Network of Social Authorities). In addition, it can rely on the collaboration with the European Centre for Migration Policies, a leading initiative in community cohesion and social inclusion of immigrants. Aims and objectives The main objectives of the “Routes” project are: Research and monitoring of the main institutions and actors’ working in the area of migration policies; Development of multi-stakeholders trans-national co-operation networks between research centres, institutions, public authorities working in the area of migration policies, as well as representatives of the civil society, NGOs, and immigrant’s associations; Exchange and transfer of information, lessons learned and good practices concerning the integration of immigrants and identification and development of a set of proposals informing all partners involved in the project about common European migration policies; Development of the consultations mechanism between institutional and civil actors at both the local and regional level; Identification of the role and experience of NGOs and immigrants’ associations; Improvement of knowledge and information in the field of regional and local immigrants participatory practices in the decision making process; More developed information on services provided by different institutions and actors to facilitate immigrants’ integration processes; Methodologies and activities W.P. 1 – Management W.P. 1A - Management structure, Steering Committee and Knowledge and Learning Advisory Group W.P. 2 – Governance of Integration Policies W.P. 2A – Analysis of the Governance of integration policies in the different regions involved in the project. W.P. 2B – Analysis and collection of the good practices developed in the different Regions of Europe concerning the governance of the immigrant’s integration. W.P. 2C – International Workshop in Brussels. W.P. 3 – Immigrants’ participatory practices in the decision making process. W.P. 3A – Analysis and mapping of the NGOs and immigrants’ associations landscape. W.P. 3B – Good practices and role of the NGOs and the immigrants associations in the decision making process. W.P. 3C – International Workshop in Brussels. W.P. 4 – Evaluation of the integration practices and definition of a model W.P. 4A – Evaluation of the integration practices and policies W.P. 4B - Definition of a model and a set of recommendations in order to facilitate the integration of immigrants. W.P. 4C - International Workshop in Puglia W.P. 5 – Dissemination of activities and outputs W.P. 5A – Final international Conference in Brussels W.P. 5B – Publication of project results and deliverables W.P. 5C – Definition and support to the implementation of a test case Outcomes 1 )Management o Interim Report: evaluation of activity progress/effectiveness and short-term results o Final Report: evaluation of performed activities and results to verify the overall effectiveness and quality of the project 2) Project activities: o Routes will deliver 4 Study Reports about: Analysis of the integration governance policies in the different Regions involved in the project; Survey Study on immigrants associations and NGOs landscape; Study Report collecting the good practices and experiences generated by the organizations concerned and how immigrant associations and NGOs are involved in the decision making process at national and regional level; Definition of a Model and a set of recommendations in order to facilitate the integration of immigrants o Other Publications: A project brochure to promote awareness and knowledge about the project Cd-Rom for the distribution of the project results in international conferences, meetings and institutional events Article in sectorial magazines, including academic journals By the end of the project, institutional partners , NGOs and immigrants associations involved are supposed to have improved their efficiency and competence on integration issues in particular as regards: - The sharing of information: it represents one of the essential elements for the future efficacy of the immigrants integration. In this direction, besides the direct information results (such as the project’s publications) the project will produce other indirect effects. Among these, an increased number of collaborations between partners in the field, leading to the establishment of new projects and initiatives, an increased communication competence and capacity from NGOs and immigrants associations to their target beneficiaries. - The translational dimension of the activities carried by the partner organizations will be enhanced by the action, as each partner will be involved in an active collaboration with a partners belonging to different regional and national contexts. These dimension will be increased also thanks to the strong integration with those permanent networks in which each project partner is involved. - Shared methodology and strategy for the promotion and support of European integration policies through the collaboration and coordination that will occur among non-governmental organizations, public authorities, and the immigrants associations concerned. - A continuous cooperation among the organisations involved, centred on partnerships and mutual interests. The activities performed and the relationship established are self-reinforcing as, in particular in the field concerned, integration and coordination of the different efforts increase effectiveness and added value. This virtuous circle will contribute to a better monitoring and knowledge of the immigrants’ integration phenomenon; Visibility for the European Commission will be ensured by the planned publications and, in particular, by the capacity of the dissemination channel provided by the project partners and networks they belong to (ERLAI, ENSA, SOLIDAR, City To City).