WIR- Welcome and Integration for Refugees in Europe
The project WIR covers the most important and challenging theme that nowadays the European Union and its members are facing: the migration phenomenon and the welcoming and integration of refugees. A large partnership composed of 7 European countries (SE, IT, LV, DE, ES, AT, FI) with 6 public authorities, 2 associations and one University will implement a project activities plan with 9 events organised with different work methodologies in two year time and with a total of around 320 direct participants among political representatives, civil servants and NGOs and volunteering associations members (target groups).
In order to eliminate stereotypes and misguided narratives about refugees, it is vital to understand the policies and strategy developed by the EU and the welcoming and integrating procedures implemented in the differentmember states.
To increase knowledge about the EU strategy and approach towards refugees and asylum seekers based on the European Agenda for Migration
To increase knowledge about the processes of welcoming and integrating refugees in the partnering countries
To exchange best practices and compare European experiences on focus themes like, education and schooling, getting ready to work, cooperation with civil society and unaccompanied minors
To transfer or adapt new models for welcoming and integrating refugees
To create a tool explaining to the citizens the different approaches at work in the different EU countries
The expected impact of the project will be on three main target groups:
increased knowledge on the EU policies and strategy about migrants
increased awareness about the role of political authorities in the process of welcoming and integration and to combat stereotypes and misguided narratives
improved knowledge on the implementation and development of a European project
creation of a cooperation network at European level which can help to increase European opportunities and exchanges.
Civil Servants working with the integration of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers
Increased knowledge on the European Agenda on Migration
Increased knowledge about partners' approach towards the refugees theme
increased opportunity to adopt and adapt innovative transnational solutions locally to improve local welcoming and integration processes
creation of a cooperation network at European level which can help to increase European opportunities and exchanges
Increased knowledge about European and national strategies and processes for welcoming and integration of refugees
Increased opportunities to adopt and adapt innovative transnational solutions locally to combat stereotypes
Increased participation in international projects
Best practices and perspectives on the project theme exchanged;
Models for welcoming and integrating refugees are studied and transferred;
A handbook with the most relevant experiences highlighted during the project with guidelines to transfer or to adapt, transnational experiences at local level is created and disseminated.