The Mediterranean Migration Network kick off meeting took place in the University on Nicosia, 10-11 March 2014 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The meeting was organized by CARDET with the cooperation of INNOVADE.

The meeting attended representatives of services and authorities from the Republic of Cyprus, International Organisations, and NGOs from other EU-countries. More specifically the meeting attended representatives from the University of Nicosia, Trade Unions, the UNHCR, Youth board of Cyprus, Migrant’s organisation, the European University of Nicosia, the Cyprus Police, the Social Welfare Services of the Republic, Ministry of Interior, the Municipality of Ad. Dometios, the Ombudsman Office, the International Organisation of Migration, and NGOs.

The objectives of the meeting was the identification of needs and challenges public and private organisations face in relation to migration and integration. Some of the needs discussed were; the members expectations in relation to the Network, the redefinition of the working framework of the Network, and the participation procedures and activities to be developed within the
Network through discussion and brainstorming exercises.

The EP’s Directorate-General for External Policies just released an Analysis, “Mediterranean flows into Europe: Migration and the EU’s foreign policy,” in which it reviews the EU’s external policies and instruments relating to migration in the Mediterranean, including the Mediterranean Task Force established after 3 October 2013 tragedy at Lampedusa in which over 350 people died.

The Analysis describes the serious shortcomings of the security-driven approach that has been taken by the EU. Noting, for example, that “it is unclear whether the militarisation of EU border management (resulting from a tighter relation between the CSDP and Frontex) will actually save lives or create even more danger for migrants” and that “[t]he increasing militarisation of the issue of irregular migration was underscored in December 2013, when the European Council called for the establishment of an EU Maritime Security Strategy by June 2014 as well as for increased synergies between the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and freedom/security/justice actors to tackle illegal migration.”

O οργανισμός μεταφοράς γνώσης και πληροφόρησης IMH και το διεθνές ερευνητικό και αναπτυξιακό κέντρο CARDET σας προσκαλούν στο παγκύπριο συνέδριο με θέμα «ΜΕΤΑΝΑΣΤΕΥΣΗ ΚΑΙ ΕΝΤΑΞΗ - ΠΡΟΚΛΗΣΕΙΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΟΟΠΤΙΚΕΣ».

Ημερομηνία: Τετάρτη, 12 Μαρτίου 2014

Χώρος: Ξενοδοχείο HiltonPark, Λευκωσία

Σκοπός του συνεδρίου είναι να εξετάσει τις προκλήσεις που αντιμετωπίζουν οι αρμόδιες δημόσιες και ιδιωτικές υπηρεσίες, σε σχέση με τη μετανάστευση, στους τομείς της εκπαίδευσης, της υγείας και της κοινωνικής ευημερίας, αλλά και τις δυνατότητες που έχουν για υποστήριξη της ένταξης των υπηκόων τρίτων χώρων (ΥΤΧ) στην κυπριακή κοινωνία.

Στo πλαίσιο του συνεδρίου θα διοργανωθούν παράλληλα εργαστήρια, μέσα από τα οποία οι συμμετέχοντες θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να αποκτήσουν ειδικές γνώσεις σε θέματα διαχείρισης της διαφορετικότητας και να γνωρίσουν αποτελεσματικές πρακτικές ένταξης. Θα δοθεί, επίσης, η ευκαιρία για ανταλλαγή απόψεων μέσα από μια συζήτηση στρογγυλής τραπέζης, η οποία θα καταλήξει σε πορίσματα και εισηγήσεις, που θα ανακοινωθούν με την ολοκλήρωση του συνεδρίου.

Εδώ θα βρείτε την πρόσκληση του συνεδρίου. Για ηλεκτρονική εγγραφή μέχρι τη Δευτέρα, 10 Μαρτίου 2014, παρακαλώ επισκεφτείτε την ιστοσελίδα www.integrationconferences.eu.

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This event is organised with the support of the Group of the Alliance of the Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and hosted by Nathalie Griesbeck, Member of the European Parliament.

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CARDET, the coordinator of the Mediterranean Migration Network (MMN), recently received additional support to continue the operations of the MMN.

The MMN has currently more than 180 members and has been active in the past years in advocacy and lobbying in the areas of policy development for migration and integration at national and European level. The network is supported by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus, and the European Integration Fund for Third Country Nationals.

The project Form a Chain to safeguard Children (FACTSC) focuses on the provision of guidance and training among law enforcement officers as well as other key agencies on how to collaborate with each other effectively so as to safeguard children exposed to different forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. Moreover, within the framework of this project an online guide will be created so as to offer recommendations and guidance on how to form a successful professional (multi-agency) chain for children exposed to different forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. Also the project will offer a blended multi-agency training for operational and managerial staff of law enforcement and other key agencies.

CARDET is a partner of the project “Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates” (MIPEX 2015) led by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG). The project aims to inform and engage key policy actors about how to use indicators to improve integration governance and policy effectiveness.

CARDET participated in the kick-off meeting of the European project in “Business Advice and Guidance training for women Entrepreneurs (BADGE)” Sheffield, UK on 19-20 December 2013. BADGE is funded by the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union.

BADGE aims to transfer and adapt an innovative support programme - Diversity in Business Workshops - developed in the UK, and that will enable female start-ups experiencing double-disadvantage to gain valuable soft skills and competences to assist them starting up their own business.

CARDET with its partners from Italy, UK, Poland and Spain, launched the LLP funded INTO project at a meeting held in Arezzo, Italy on 5 & 6 of December, 2013.

In order to combat educational disadvantages for migrant children as part of an overall European goal, numerous actions have been taken to improve the position of migrant children in education. In secondary education the emphasis lies on diversification of the offered teaching methods and extra guidance of the pupils. Some schools in Europe have set up measures to increase the continuity of the educational support in terms of migrant pupil inclusion and orientation. Despite these measures, dropout rates are still high among migrant youth, and compared to their native peers a disproportionately large number attend the lowest levels of secondary school after completing primary school. The disappointing results of regular guidance are partly the reason for the development of more innovative forms of guidance.

CARDET with its partners from Italy, UK, Austria and Spain, launched the LLP funded MEET project at a meeting held in Arezzo, Italy on November 14-15, 2013.

In Europe, the access to social and health services began to be considered a primary indicator of the level of migrants’ integration. However, there is a persistent difficulty in the access and use of health services by citizens with a migrant background, especially regarding preventive medicine and health care.  These shortfalls pose new challenges for professionals, management and quality assurance in health services. Lower levels of health literacy among migrants are relevant, especially as concerns the appropriate use of health care systems. This increased diversity of EU population calls for a more migrant-sensitive workforce. In this perspective, the project involve partners from different starting-points on health promotion and  different immigration contexts to introduce the Community Health Educator Model (CHE) awarded in 2000 by the British Ministry of Health and adopted by many health districts in the UK.