Project Name: INTEGR8 – Harnessing the potential of migrant women as integration experts
Grant agreement no: HOME/2015/AMIF/AG/INTE/9101
Total cost: 71485,51€
Total Funding: 64986,83€
INTEGR8 is a new project being developed by seven organisations across Europe with the aim of training migrant women to become champions of integration in their communities.
We want to support migrant women in developing their confidence and skills so that they can help to link members of their community with mainstream services in their host communities and participate more in their local communities.
INTEGR8 training will be delivered through a series of practical workshops, networking and social events, and with the support of a dedicated online platform trainees will have access to a suite of e-learning modules, information resources and an integration toolkit.
The INTEGR8 Approach
INTEGR8 is based on the belief that integration will not be achieved by doing to migrant communities, or doing for migrant communities, but rather only by doing with migrant communities. Therefore, migrant women will play a significant role in the development of all project products and actions.
Project partners will ensure that migrant women and the professionals who support them will be consistently involved in decision-making throughout the project life-cycle, through their involvement in local working groups.
These groups will have an active role in the project and will be responsible for the following activities throughout the project:
• Supporting the research activities;
• Testing and evaluating the suitability of training programmes and materials;
• Testing the use and suitability of the project’s online platform;
• Acting as a source of constant and consistent feedback for all development activities of the project;
• Championing the project by promoting it with others in their communities or with other agencies working in this field.
A key desired outcome of this project is a change in attitude and understanding within both the migrant community and the organisations that support them. By training migrant women to be leaders of integration locally and by supporting them to establish local women’s networks, we hope to make the case that, if appropriately trained and supported, migrant women are best placed to support the integration of other migrant women.
We will reflect on this approach and will make recommendations for future work in this field which will be presented in the policy paper to be written and published by the end of the project.
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Project Partners: Centre for advancement of research and development in educational technology LTD-CARDET (CYPRUS), FormAzione Co&So Network (ITALY), Jugend am Werk Steiermark (AUSTRIA), ISQ (PORTUGAL), Learning Unlimited (UNITED KINGDOM), University of Pitesti (ROMANIA)