How can cities and smaller municipalities actively engage in sponsorship programmes? How can they promote and support resettlement and complementary pathways in which refugees are supported by volunteer groups to integrate into the local community? These questions were discussed on March 30th 2021 during an online event co-organised by the French National Association of Welcoming Cities and Territories (ANVITA) and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in collaboration with the Féderation de l'Entraide Protestante (FEP), the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) and the Share Network. Read more!
The new article of the SHARE Network series Mayors in the Spotlight is out now! This time we interviewed Vasilios Tsiakos, Mayor of Karditsa, Greece, and promoting inclusion for all vulnerable groups at the municipality level. Check it out!
On 13 April 2021, the SHARE Network and the Observatoire de l’immigration et de l’asile of the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI) convened the roundtable “Welcoming migrants and refugees in times of pandemic: lessons learned from COVID-19”, which focused on the situation in France and brought together over 100 national actors from public institutions, academia and civil society. Follow the link to learn more about what was discussed and access useful resources!
The SHARE Network today publishes the results of a European survey on the impact of COVID-19 for refugee and migrant welcome and integration in the EU, and the ways in which refugees, migrants and those working with and alongside them have responded. Follow the link to find out more about its results and findings!
European cities and towns are at the forefront of the reception and integration of refugees and migrants, and the new SHARE Network’s series “Mayors in the Spotlight” aims at celebrating and showcasing the leadership of local Mayors in smaller and rural municipalities across Europe, paving the way to a more welcoming Europe.
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As part of the SHARE Quality Sponsorship Network (QSN), the SHARE Network will be hosting a transnational roundtable on refugee sponsorship monitoring and evaluation, with results from the discussion feeding into an upcoming policy-brief produced by ICMC Europe. Follow the link to read more about participants and themes covered.
The SHARE Network webinar 'Participation & Co-creation for Refugee & Migrant Integration in the EU' took place on 15 December 2020. Follow the link to read reports and watch videos of all presentations, access additional resources, and download SHARE Network tools developed to guide participation activities for integration and inclusion.
The Global Compact On Refugees & The Role Of Faith-Based Organisations In Refugee Protection (February 9th 2021, 14-16h CET) will reflect on the role of FBOs in transforming the lives of sponsored refugees and the communities that host them. Follow the link to find out more about the event and read an interview with Father Reynaldo Rodrigo Roman Diaz, active with sponsored refugees and local volunteers in Vicenza (Veneto, Italy).
Right Way Project: ICMC publishes interactive online pathway tool to support integration for female victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. Follow the link to find out more about the project and access the tool (available in English and French).
On 24 November 2020, the European Commission launched a new EU Action Plan on Integration & Inclusion for 2021-27. Follow the link to read the SHARE Network's contribution to the 2020 public consultation on the new plan (English / French) , and our reaction to the priorities and measures it sets out.
Seven major civil society organisations and networks have today launched a joint statement urging the EU to urgently kickstart and increase its refugee resettlement efforts, which were paused due to Covid 19. Follow the link to read the full statement...
The devastating fire at the Moria 'hotspot' has left thousands of vulnerable individuals homeless and traumatised. ICMC Europe today joins more than 70 European civil society organisations calling on European governments to respond by urgently relocating displaced persons from Greece. Follow the link to read the full statement...
Watch and hear for the creators and participants of a new series of six short films, in which Syrian refugees resettled to the UK city of Leeds share their experiences of conflict in Syria and life under lockdown in the UK
As the first unaccompanied children from the Greek islands arrive in Luxembourg and Germany, much work remains to honour the 1,621 places pledged by European countries...
Now available! Final report from the SHARE Network Conference 'Expanding Resettlement across Europe: From Policy to Practice', held at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 21-22 October 2019.
As EU Member States pledge to receive 30,000 resettled refugees in 2020, the SHARE Network publishes a new factsheet on territorial organisation of resettlement to promote the participation of smaller communities.
The SHARE Network produces a training curriculum to support local actors in integrating refugees. The curriculum includes 12 modules divided into the five categories: Fundamentals, Preparing for Arrivals, Ensuring Wellbeing, Accessing the Labour Market, and Working with Volunteers. The modules have been tested by SHARE partners who delivered trainings to 460 local actors from 20 small-medium size municipalities in eight European countries.
ICMC Europe co-signs NGO statement addressed to the co-negotiators of the proposed Asylum & Migration Fund for 2021-27