SIforREF addresses at least two main territorial challenges identified in the cooperation Programme: globalisation, economic development and social cohesion. Refugee and migration issues in fact Impacts the economic equilibrium and the social cohesion of our society. The refugee crisis of 2015 inevitably gave more evidence to strengths and weaknesses related to the challenges mentioned. Certain best practices revealed the existence of connected top-down and bottom up experiences, which contained participatory Elements. However, at the same time the crisis dramatically revealed weaknesses that can be contributed to a lack of skills and services as well as to the hostile socio-political climate. The project will develop tools for evaluating and designing social innovative practices and for improving the social innovation capacity of policies. It will also implement seven pilot actions to test these tools and design regional and transnational strategies.
To do so, the partnership will investigate and build on best practices and initiate a mutual learning process among central European regions, especially neighbourhood regions involved in the project.
Main objectives of the project:
Hello, My name is Katarina Niewiedzial and I am the commissioner for integration and migration of the Berlin senate in Germany. I am delighted to be part of this European project SIforRef - especially for two reasons: Firstly, I clearly stand for a strong common European policy, because this is the only way to tackle global issues. We can see this mainly by the topic of migration. I like the term: “Think global, act local”. I think it is important to involve the local level into the decision-making process. A good example for this is Interreg Central Europe, but also the European movement of Solidarity Cities.
Secondly, the project stands for direct cooperation of the administration with NGOs and the academia. Berlin is a diverse city with a very clear political message: we are very much committed to the participation and integration of all migrants from day one. I want the Berlin expertise to contribute to a liberal European migration policy. But, I also want to learn from other European countries and initiatives - with a common and positive spirit!
The film directed by Samer Arkawi, looks at the sadness, love, hope, success and welfare as experienced and narrated by five protagonists who migrated to Slovenia.
In the documentary, they share their experiences coming from four different countries of origin: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan.
Our project partner ASP Città di Bologna celebrated the 20th of June, World Refugee Day 2020.
It was a big event that took place online and live. More than 15.000 participants were involved online and with live concerts, talks, readings and a contest on the topic of “Never More Freezing”
Two of our project partners: University of Venice Ca'Foscari and Centro Immigrazione Asilo e Cooperazione internazionale will participate on 13 May -15:00-17:00 in an online webinar about the needs of migrants in Italy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
More information is in facebook page.
Due to the current situation concerning the challenge with Covid-19, SiforREF project partners have unanimously decided to cancel the upcoming meeting in Bologna.
We are currently discussing an alternative date as well as other viable possibilities to proceed with the project's research and dissemination timelines.
MILLION EURO ERDF
In order to curtail the spread of the Covid -19 virus, many EU countries have imposed movement restrictions and even near or complete lock-down measures upon its citizens. But what does this mean for the refugee populations located in these spaces? In many cases such measures add further complications and difficulties to the lives of individuals that have already experienced trauma and forced displacement.
On this page the SiforREF project partners will devote information and stories about how the refugee populations and various organisations in their cities: Berlin, Bologna, Ljubljana, Parma and Vienna are finding solutions to deal with this pandemic.
SETTING UP A
In this work package we design a method (which includes defining specific indicators) for measuring the social innovative approaches of policies and pilots to foster the integration of refugees (this is the output). Since the evaluation of the impact of migration policies on the integration of refugees is rarely implemented, we believe that it is crucial to begin our project with the development of an evaluation tool.
This work package aims to develop a toolbox to support policy makers, practitioners and NGOs as operators in the design and implementation of measures for the integration of refugees on the level of societal and economic participation. We will examine measures which indeed adopt a social innovative approach. We have chosen not to provide top down guidelines, but instead to co-create open guidelines with a diverse pool of actors engaged in the issue of refugee integration.
IMPLEMENTING, EVALUATING MEASURES
In this phase of the project we will test the toolbox developed in work package - where open guidelines have been produced on how to design social innovative approaches for integrating refugees. Furthermore, we will determine if these can be successfully translated into actual projects. The output of this WP is the implementation of 7 pilots: 2 in Italy (one in Bologna and one in Parma), 2 in Austria (both in Vienna), 2 in Germany (both in Berlin); 1 in Slovenia (Ljubljana).
DEVELOPING A JOINT STRATEGY
During this phase we aim to achieve two main outputs: 1) Local agreements among key public and private actors. These agreements recognise the relevance of refugee integration for the promotion of social cohesion and have been conceived to jointly address this challenge through the practice of virtuous governance and social innovative approaches that were gained during the pilot activities. 2) A Transnational Memorandum of Understanding.