ICMC Europe today announces the decision of the European Commission to co-finance the continued expansion of the SHARE Network during 2014-15.
In March 2012, in recognition of the central role played by regional and local authorities and their civil society partners in offering reception and integration support once resettled refugees have arrived and to engage local and regional actors in the wider European Resettlement Network, ICMC Europe launched the first SHARE Project.
Led by ICMC Europe in partnership with UNHCR, the EUROCITIES network, the lead SHARE city of Sheffield and a network of European region, city, network and NGO partners, SHARE has facilitated a programme of events and activities offering structured dialogue, exchange of practice and networking involving over 300 participants from 15 European countries, including the SHARE City Exchange Visit Programme, and published a number of resources and publications to promote and support local and regional resettlement in Europe. As Johan Ketelers of ICMC outlined at a SHARE event in May 2013, 'SHARE is a verb, not a noun. It is about our communities today and about our further community-building - locally, regionally and internationally. It is about social cohesion, essential for the future of our societies, and essential for every individual.'
Recognising the achievements of SHARE, the European Commission has decided to continue supporting the Network during 2014-2015. SHARE II will begin in March of this year and run until August 2015. The SHARE Network now includes partners and associate partners in European cities and regions, international organisations, networks and civil society organisations in 15 European countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK.