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Project Description

The project Building Inclusion: Access to Housing and Inclusion of Immigrant People in Europe is implemented in Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Finland by an heterogeneous partnership, with the aim to exchange experiences and results of social protection and access to housing policies developed in different European countries.

The general aims of the project are: 1) to better know the policies and experiences of different countries in terms of access to housing and social protection for groups of immigrant and ethnic minorities; 2) to know and learn from successful experience of coexistence in the neighbourhoods developed in different European cities; 3) to look into, debate and propose ideas that help on the design of public policies of equal treatment towards immigrants and ethnic minorities, related to access to housing and the use in equality conditions of public services.

1. Comparative study
The work aims at the development of a Report that includes a qualitative comparative study on access to housing mechanisms for immigrants and ethnic minorities, as well as the identification of de facto discrimination elements that hinder the effectiveness of the inclusion policies in this area.

2. Identification of best practices
Best practices related to social protection mechanisms applied to immigrant people and ethnic minority groups in order to prevent discrimination on these groups are being identified. Successful experiences that improve coexistence and integration in neighbourhoods and districts are also being identified. Each participating country will suggest some benchmarking experiences that will be selected regarding some criteria such as: impact, participation, innovation, sustainability, transferability, efficiency and transparency.
A report on the selected experiences will be made, as a practical guide that will provide examples and ideas based on real cases. It will be useful to develop housing inclusion actions and measures.

3. Study visits to two cities
Two European cities were chosen to make study visits: Barcelona and The Hague. Projects participants will have the opportunity to visit and study in detail some experiences and innovative models related to housing and inclusion of vulnerable groups, immigrants and ethnic minorities policies.

4. Recommendations Report
Finally, a Recommendations Report about strategic working lines will be elaborated. It will help to design policies involving equal treatment to immigrants groups related to access to housing and equal opportunities and in the access and use of public services. The report will also show special social protection mechanisms applied when de facto discriminations produce especially critical or serious situations and/ or social conflict.

The Recommendations Report will be disseminated in the project’s Final Transnational Meeting that will take place in Madrid.

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Project Details

Title   Building Inclusion: Access to Housing and Inclusion of Immigrant People in Europe

Country   Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Finland

Donor   European Commission – Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities

Budget Line   Mutual Learning on Social Inclusion and Social Protection

Reference Number   VP/2007/012/536

Sectors   migration, access to housing, research

Implementing Partners

  • Dirección General de Integración de Inmigrantes del Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración (leader – Spain)
  • Dirección General de Política Social del Ministerio de Educación, Política Social y Deporte (Spain)
  • Ayuntamiento de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Ayuntamiento de Hospitalet (Spain)
  • Association Rumiñahui (Spain)
  • Fundación Secretariado Gitano (Spain)
  • Cruz Roja Española (Spain)
  • Centre for the Treatment of Torture Victims Berlin e. V (Germany)
  • Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Netherlands Ministry of Justice (The Netherlands)
  • Netherlands Institute for Social Research / SCP (The Netherlands )
  • ACM – Alto Comissariado para as Migrações (Portugal)
  • Verein Multikulturell (Austria)
  • Ministry of Interior of Finland (Finland)

Overall project value   EUR 774.142

Proportion carried out by punto.sud   5% (EUR 39.211)

% of donor’s funding   80%

Dates (start/end)   December 07 – June 09

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