Access to services is an important, though not the only one, aspect of immigrant’s integration in our society. Immigrants’ participation in society through their engagement in associations and in common endeavours contributes to their integration as active citizens as well.
Through the project Integration through Participation we aim to improve our knowledge of immigrants association’s life in local community, their activities, their ability to offer solutions to immigrant’s problem in integration, the quality of their relationships with political referents, local NGO’s, civil society’s bodies and their country of origin.
Starting from studying local realities in all countries partners (Italy, Greece, Ireland, Spain and Germany), our purpose is to exchange this knowledge and best practices, to compare and outline new models of intervention, and finally to set up a dialogue with politic referents in order to promote support actions for immigrant’s associations and their active involvement in defining integration strategies by networking at all levels.
Within this context, the research work by punto.sud has integrated the survey conducted by the other partners on migrant associationism in 5 European contexts. punto.sud analysed some best practices relating to transnational activities of co-development that have been realized by immigrants in the hosting European countries.
The factor of co-development is intended to be an additional value, as it embodies an element of innovation which is still often excluded within participation, integration and development processes of immigrant communities.
The project is based on three steps:
Research and knowledge
1. Defining together research model and instruments
2. Research: stakeholders and frameworks analysis in each local context (immigrants associations, local NGO’s, services, politic referents) by focus-groups and interviews.
3. Organise mapping of best practices in co-development at European level (review of organisations and implemented projects)
4. Identification and in-deepth analysis of 4 European best practices in codevelopment, in relation to their relevance to the 5 local contexts
Exchange of models and good practices
5. Visits of each local context from all project partners in order to study in depth the different experiences and approaches to theme
6. Workshop with all partners focusing on discussing results, comparing models and outlining common models/strategies relevant to the theme
Dissemination of results
7. Dissemination of research and exchange activities results to all stakeholders and actors involved in the project (seminars, public meetings, cultural events open to citizens…): public institutions, services, immigrants associations, local NGO’s, citizens.
8. Production of a cd rom with the results of each local research, of exchange phase, and description of actors involved in the project
Title Integration through participation – Sharing best practices in 5 European contexts
Country Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Ireland
Donor European Commission – DG Justice, Freedom and Security
Budget Line INTI (Integration for Third – Country Nationals) 2005
Reference Number JLS/2005/INTI/83
Sectors migration, co-development, research
- Cooperativa Sociale Grado 16 – Officine dell’autopromozione (leading agency, Italy)
- A.I.P.C. Pandora (Spain)
- Neue Arbeit (Germany)
- ARSIS (Greece)
- Tallaght Partnership (Ireland )
Overall project value EUR 373.638
Proportion carried out by punto.sud 18% (EUR 66.474)
% of donor’s funding 80%
Dates (start/end) December 2006 – March 2008