The ‘EU-BELONG: An Intercultural Approach to Migrant Integration in Europe’s Regions’ project is a wide project led by the Assembly of European Regions (AER) in partnerships with 11 European regional authorities and 3 additional technical partners. The project is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union and supported by international and European institutions and organisations primarily involved in the field of the action, as the Council of Europe, the International Organisation for Migrants, and the European Committee of the Regions.
The project runs for 36 months (2022-2025) with the objective of improving migrants’ socio-economic inclusion and sense of belonging through the development of regional integration strategies based on a strong intercultural approach. In particular, the project will strengthen the capacity of 11 European regions and their cooperation with public and private stakeholders, thus durably supporting their role as key-players for the successful integration of Third Country Nationals (TCNs).
The EU-BELONG project is innovative, in that it will adopt the Intercultural Approach developed by the Council of Europe and ICC network and explore the 3 Intercultural dimensions (Equality, Diversity and Interaction) applied to different regional contexts across Europe, hopefully coming up with replicable examples and good practices of how interculturality can be translated into regional policy.
A further added value of the project is that it will help develop the practice of interculturalism in diverse areas that were not yet thoroughly addressed, such as housing, integration into the labour market, newcomers/local population interaction, and sport & culture and it will therefore many stakeholders from different work sectors (a total of 165).
Specifically, the project will:
- Increase the competences of public and private stakeholders to effectively address integration challenges.
- Define a regional multi-level and multi-stakeholder framework for intercultural integration strategies.
- Design and test a replicable methodology for the development and implementation of regional integration strategies.
- Launch and improve the exchange of experiences and transnational cooperation among European regions and EU stakeholders.
We look forward to EU-Belong with great motivation, energy and the will to make a real impact.
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