MiStra – Migrant Inclusion Strategies in European Cities
Direct target groups were public authorities, policy-makers, representatives of the civil society, Roma and migrant people in the 8 cities targeted (Berlin, Bologna, Taranto, Vienna, Prague, Dublin, Burgas, Budapest).
At local level the project implemented a participative multi-stakeholders approach involving also Roma and migrant people and/or communities, in order to facilitate their direct participation in definition of policy, social intervention and local activities on intercultural and migration issues.
Moreover, as estimated, other public and private partners besides those involved since the beginning, joined the networks established and contributed to the transfer of good practices and/or participated in meetings and workshops for the presentation of project results and outcomes.
Through the study visits the number of participants from other countries (Poland, Spain and Fin-land) were increased, with a view to sharing approaches and instruments belonging to difference cultures and historic-political traditions with regard to social inclusion, acceptance and exploitation of differences and migratory policies.
□ Language Training
□ Intercultural communication
□ Study Visits
□ Mentoring Services
□ Others: The exchange of practices and mentoring system among cities has been a strong strategy still having some impacts in the local realities involved. We have been starting from the concept that cities can share problems and get inspiration, tools and knowledge from othe contexts. This was done through very powerful tools, ie Local Empowerment Workshops, Study visits and mentoring visits.
The partnership was composed by 9 organizations from 6 European countries.
The need to involve different geographical areas in Europe was considered when choosing the partners, and for this reason the project partners included organisations from North-Central Eu-rope (Ireland, Austria and Germany) for their long-term experience on migration issues, Eastern Eu-rope (Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria) as new destination of migration flows and for the strong presence of Roma people in this area, and Southern Europe (Italy) as important European gate of migration routes.
In terms of areas of expertise analyzed and exchanges, the project activities focused on measures and practices successfully involving migrants, minorities and other fragile groups in social life in general, with a specific focus on employment, social services, awareness raising and cultural ex-change. The measures could be managed at National, Regional or local level but the project focused on urban approach and city-level interventions.
Toolkit for policy makers: http://mistra.ciofs-fp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Toolkit-MISTRA_pdf1.pdf