National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM Project) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection.
National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM)
Measuring and improving integration of beneficiaries of international protection
Since April 2017, ANTIGONE is a partner of the European project National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM).
National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM Project) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection. Conflict situations tend to last longer and it takes currently on average 17 years, before refugees fleeing civil wars may eventually have a chance to return to their home country. Hence, the long-term integration of newly arrived beneficiaries of international protection is without alternative and presents an immediate challenge for European societies.
NIEM will establish a mechanism for a biennial, comprehensive evaluation of the integration of beneficiaries of international protection to provide evidence on gaps in integration standards, identify promising practices and evaluate the effects of legislative and policy changes.
NIEM is developed against the background of the changing legal environment on international protection both at national and European levels, induced by the high numbers of new arrivals in the recent years. The project endeavours to provide evidence on some of the most burning discussions concerning these changes: Are EU standards on integration of beneficiaries of international protection well implemented? How are they impacting integration policies? Are policies aimed at beneficiaries of international protection having an impact on successful integration? What are the challenges and good practices, and which policy gaps need to be addressed?
Project Leader is the Foundation Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) (Poland).
Strategic partners are:
- UNCHR Representation in Poland,
- UNCHR Regional Representation for Central Europe in Budapest
- Ministry of the Interior and Administration (Poland) &
- Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy (Poland)
- Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialisation, University of Warsaw (Poland)
Coordinating Research Partner is the Migration Policy Group (MPG) (Belgium)
Project Partners are:
- CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (Spain)
- Centro de Estudios Socias, University de Coimbra (Portugal),
- Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants (Bulgaria),
- Association Multi Kulti Collective (Bulgaria),
- People in Need (Czech Republic),
- France Terre d’Asile (France),
- Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants (Hungary),
- ISMU Foundation – Inititatives & Studies for Migrants (Italy),
- Providus (Latvia),
- Diversity Development Group (Lithuania),
- Maastricht University (the Netherlands),
- The Centre for Public Innovation (Romania),
- Peace Institute (Slovenia),
- Malmö University (Sweden),
- ANTIGONE – Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence (Greece).
April 2015 – September 2021
(for ANTIGONE: April 2017 – September 2021)
European Union, Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
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