Immigrants & Integration. Is for many just a mirage?

It’s a transnational project which aims to promote a comparison between the integration policies developed in some EU countries (Italy, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain), that allows to deepen the understanding and the functioning of the services offered to the immigrant population, capitalizing some best practices, and then defining transferable “integration models”.

This general purpose is based on the fact that over time national rules and processes has been developed in many different ways, probably resulting in non-homogeneous situations, regarding on one hand the potential integration of each territory, and on the other, the degree of the actual level of integration achieved.

In addition, we must consider the Second / Third generations who believe that their reasons and requests have to be acquired. They are in fact young people: boys and girls, students and workers, laics or devotees, who have their own point of view on the complex society in which they live, and they feel that they should express their position as new citizens who belong simultaneously to several worlds.

On this basis, the Project aims to deepen the analysis of the phenomena in progress from three perspectives: the status of the integration process, the issue of the Second and Third Generations, the impact of the arrival of the increasing number of asylum seekers.

The exchange of experiences about what is happening under the three profiles indicated, can give an important contribution to highlight bottlenecks and / or setbacks in the process of integration, but also to point out the “virtuous” elements of some of them, allowing to envisage models of integration which have to be socially inclusive and fully respectful of diversity.

International meetings will provide knowledge and in-depth analysis of the issues examined, in order to:

  • discuss the ongoing situation in the different contexts, think about the national integration processes, point out the real problems we are facing today;
  • subsequently analyze specific key-factors of integration as “work and home”, “family reunification”, “citizenship and vote”, to establish a framework of the already activated pathways, the resulting positive factors, the critical issues or gaps;
  • specifically address the complex issue of the integration of Second / Third Generations, giving room for a deeper reflection on the discomfort of many young people who do not feel at ease in a society that does not seem to give univocal signals to them, making dramatic problems emerge, such as the phenomenon of foreign fighters;
  • experience a practice of dialogue between migrant and indigenous communities, that encourages a real dialogue between young Muslims – or from any other cultural background, local authorities, experts, journalists, representatives of the nonprofit sector and the media;
    – assess guidelines, orientations, interventions, actions, relating to the effective functioning of the services designed for the immigrant population, allowing to identify best practices, including a Best Practice for the reception of refugees and asylum seekers;
  • publicly launch transferable Models of Best Practices developed on the factors analyzed, including a Charter for integration to involve all the subjects of the Partnership Network, activated to spread in the widest manner all the documents produced.

The project is focused right on the Partnership Network to disseminate the models of best practices, which are necessary in order to gain improvements, corrections or other indications to solve situations where it is urgent today to answer.

The network already activated by the Project involves eight Foreign Subjects in five European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, with different experiences, but also with complex issues, all interested in exchanges and discussion that might allow them to identify improvement paths. (see Section “Foreign Subjects”)

Moreover, the international network is set around a national Partnership (Aliseicoop and Cidis Onlus), which are organizations of the nonprofit Sector that have worked for years in the immigration area, acquiring experience and accumulating skills throughout the country, regarding the entire span of the integration issues.

The network could immediately be extended to regions, municipalities, institutional organizations, administrations, associations of the third sector, immigrant associations, precisely because of the capital of relationships and experiences of these two organizations, which will provide together a vast area for the dissemination of the Models and Practices, which will be defined during the project.
(See Sections “Meetings” and “Foreign Subjects”)