PROGRAMME

DECEMBER 2, 2019

19:30

Welcome coktail

THE PRESIDENT BRUSSELS HOTEL

Boulevard Du Roi Albert II 44, Brussels, Belgium  

DECEMBER 3, 2019

08:15

Welcome coffee and registration

09:00

Opening by the European Commission and by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions 

09:30

High-level panel discussion with political representatives from European cities and regions:

Local communities in the forefront: how to promote migrants inclusion at the local level and ensure social cohesion?

 

  • Annika Annerby Jansson, President of the Skane region, Sweden 

  • Valeria Mancinelli, Mayor of Ancona, Italy

  • Oriol Amorós, Secretary for Equality, Migration and Citizenship of the Government of Catalonia, Spain

  • Rutger Groot Wassink, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam for Social Affairs, Democratisation, and Diversity

  • Paraskevi Michou, Director General of the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Parallel thematic sessions – first round

 

  • Housing young refugees: local challenges and good practices. This session will discuss how housing policies can influence the integration perspectives of young refugees. In line with recent research of the Fundamental Rights Agency, it will focus on challenges and good practices at three different stages: at first reception, upon getting protection status and for children once they turn 18. 

  • First things first: access to health services for migrants.  This session will explore how to improve migrants’ access to regular health services. Participants will discuss how to build bridges between different actors and ensure effective inclusive preventive and curative services, making health a tool for integration. This session will bring together speakers from projects and cities that have gathered expertise on those issues as well as migrant voices.

  • How to develop a local strategy for integration? This session will discuss what are the key ingredients for a successful local strategy for integration, which players should be involved and how existing strategies can be further developed. Participants will be able to learn from existing good practices and to exchange their challenges and ideas.

  • The role of young people in the integration of migrants. The session will explore how local authorities are partnering with youth organisations to support migrants’ integration through projects and actions. The contribution of the youth sector in the integration process will be highlighted through the presentation of local best practice projects.

  • Dribbling past the hurdles of integration: how is sport facilitating the integration of refugees across Europe? Sport is a powerful tool for the successful integration of refugees. Local sport projects in particular have an increasing role in facilitating refugees' integration into their new communities. This session will bring together speakers from innovative projects that are successfully integrating the newcomers into their new communities thanks to sport.

  • The local dimension of integration in EU urban and rural areas: How data and analyses can contribute to policy-making. The session will allow local administrators from urban and rural territories and researchers to discuss how local data and analyses can support their integration policies. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how their specific priorities and needs could benefit from the available tools and datasets for benchmarking, facilitating knowledge transfer and enhancing the multi-level governance of integration policies.

  • Narrative Matters: Communicating Integration Locally. This session will discuss the public perception of migrants and refugees in Europe and its relationship with facts and the reality, the role of opinion makers as well as local politicians in influencing the attitudes of citizens towards immigrants and will showcase good practices on how to cope at local level with disinformation and stereotyping of people of foreign origin. 

  • Facilitating access to quality basic services for people with a migrant background. The session will address some of the most prevalent barriers that people with a migrant background face in their attempt to access quality services. It includes segregated education and housing, organization of parallel social and healthcare services, lack of knowledge of the local language, undetermined legal status and the overall discrimination that people may face which further prevents their integration in society.

  •  How to use innovative financial instruments to promote integration at the local level? Guarantees and other financial instruments can help address integration challenges and offer considerable leverage to scale up investments in cities. This session will discuss advantages and design of financial products; Multilevel and cross-sectoral partnerships to succeed innovative impact oriented schemes and how to develop a coherent approach on the funding and the financial investments.

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Parallel thematic sessions – second round

(the same thematic sessions will be repeated to allow participants to follow a different one than in the morning)

  • Housing young refugees: local challenges and good practices

  • First things first: access to health services for migrants 

  • How to develop a local strategy for integration? 

  • The role of young people in the integration of migrants

  • Dribbling past the hurdles of integration: how is sport facilitating the integration of refugees across Europe? 

  • The local dimension of integration in EU urban and rural areas: How data and analyses can contribute to policy-making. 

  • Narrative Matters: Communicating Integration Locally

  • Facilitating access to quality basic services for people with a migrant background

  • How to use innovative financial instruments to promote integration at the local level?

15:00

EU Funding for integration: which opportunities do the current and the future EU Funds offer to local authorities?

This plenary session will present how local authorities can benefit from the different EU funds and combine them to put in place integration measures in different fields (education, labour market, housing, health, language training etc.). 

15:45

In depth and Q&A parallel sessions with experts from the different Funds.

Participants will be able to exchange with and ask questions to experts from the different Funds. Sessions will have a duration of 20 minutes. Each participant will be able to attend up to 3 sessions: 

  • Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

  • European Social Fund

  • European Fund for Regional Development

  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

  • Erasmus+

  • Structural Reform Support Programme​

17:00

Conclusions

17:15

End of the conference