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Direction B : Immigration, asylum and borders
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
                        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-
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-
Association of local Authorities of Central              GR                   58005         EDESSA-GREECE
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-
ACIME-Immigration Observatory                            PT                   1150-025      LISBOA-PORTUGAL
Federacion Valenciana de Municipios y                    ES                   46001         VALENCIA-SPAIN

1   Consult 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-
Fundacion Alianza para el Desarrollo                 ES                  28045           MADRID-SPAIN
ERLAI                                                BE                  1040            BRUXELLES-
Social Solidarity                                    GR                  54631           THESSALONIKI-
AMNYOS Sud                                           FR                  13 858          AIX EN PROVENCE-
Region of Central Macedonia                          GR                  54008           THESSALONIKI-
Fundacion Social Francisco de Vitoria                ES                  28223           MADRID-SPAIN

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
         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

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

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