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ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence is a non profit organisation that was established in 1993. ANTIGONE’s main offices are located in Thessaloniki with its branch in Athens. ANTIGONE develops activities on anti-racism and non-discrimination, human rights, social ecology, peace and non violent conflict resolution.

The aim of the organisation is the promotion of equal opportunities for all without any discrimination -e.g. on the basis of sex, race, national origin, social/economic/educational status, disability, age, religion etc. Through its activities that are based on solidarity and active participation, ANTIGONE targets to awareness raising and sensitisation of the society on issues of non discrimination, human rights, ecology, non violence and interculturality.

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The European benchmark for refugee integration: A comparative analysis of the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism in 14 EU countries

 

To a large extent, the Geneva Convention and EU asylum rules are about integration. Often overlooked in public and policy debates, equal rights and targeted support for refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection are the foundation of asylum in the EU. Europe’s main way to provide global durable solutions to refugees is through long-term integration. However, Member State policies largely fail to deliver on this promise. Just in time for World Refugee Day 2019, the baseline study of the NIEM project reveals often low standards and a lack of harmonisation on refugee integration across the EU. With this report, NIEM launches its regular evaluations of how governments respond to the challenge of long-term integration. NIEM’s comprehensive and reliable indicators collect and analyse data on the integration of beneficiaries of international protection.

The report presents a comparative, indicator-based assessment of the refugee integration frameworks in place in 14 countries: Czechia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Conclusions cover the full range of integration dimensions, such as housing, employment, education and aspects of legal integration, and refer to recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection. Legal and policy indicators are the focus of analysis, as well as indicators on mainstreaming, coordination and efforts to involve refugees and locals. Results are presented in terms of concrete steps that policymakers need to take in order to establish a refugee integration framework in line with the standards required by international and EU law.

Key findings:

  • European countries vary widely in terms of the quality of their integration policies for refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, this despite the standards set by EU and international law. Europe is far from providing a level playing field for refugees to achieve a better life.
  • Rarely do refugees experience fully favourable conditions to integrate in any area of life.
  • The health and education sectors are making the greatest efforts to help those in need. Much more needs to be done by public housing, employment and training services.
  • Countries are on average better in providing access to rights than in implementing the accompanying policies and measures that are actively supporting this integration.
  • Administrative barriers are widespread, especially to help refugees access the housing they need.
  • One of European countries’ greatest challenges is coordinating their policies and getting locals and refugees themselves involved in designing the solution.
  • To develop and implement their policies, most national governments do not work in partnership with civil society and local and regional governments.

 

 

A comparative analysis of the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism in 14 EU countries




International meeting  “WORDS ARE STONES”

10th - 12th of June 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece

 

Monday, 10.06.19

15:00

Welcome lunch

16:00-16:15

Opening  the International Meeting / Ice breaking

16:15-18:00

National reports (10 minutes each)

18:00-18:15

Coffee break

18:15-19:45

Identifying the main topics of hate speech in Europe

19:45-20:00

Closing / outcome : 5 topics for the videoclips

20:30

Networking dinner

 

Tuesday, 11.6.19

 

9:30-9:45

Team building

9:45-10:45

WAS campaign - the common goal of the campaign

10:45-11:15

Stakeholders - direct/indirect target groups

11:15-11:30

Coffee break

11:30-12:00

Message - ways of campaigning

12:00-12:30

Tactics / messenger

12:30-15:30

Networking lunch / city walk

15:30-18:30

Drafting the videoclips (storyboard)

18:30-18:45

Closing / Risks of the campaign: What can go wrong and how can we save it

20.30

Networking dinner

 

 

Wednesday, 12.6.19

 

 

ONLY WAS PARTNERS PARTICIPATE

 

10:00-12:00

Setting the timetable, deadlines for the next steps

Assessing the campaign 


InSocial Newsletter - May 2019