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EPIC – European Platform for Integrating Cities

Lifespan - 3 years, 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022


Project description
The EPIC project – European Platform of Integrating Cities (EPIC) - addresses the challenges of the integration of migrants by targeting medium-sized cities that have the need to develop expertise in areas such as housing, labour integration, integration policy or counter-narratives, and at the same time want to lend their expertise to support their counterparts in other LAs. This will allow a transfer of knowledge and know-how among Local Authorities with different degrees of experience and support a direct peer-to-peer practical learning that foresees exchange of knowledge, skills, and personnel on migrant integration matters. Furthermore, this approach will generate a tight-knit network of self-sustaining local authorities providing successful and efficient integration services.

During the implementation period, the partner consortium will be involved in the following activities:

RESEARCH AND DATA COLLECTION about migrants’ integration in each local authority through the development of surveys and focus groups to understand common trends and challenges;

CAPACITY BUILDING through International Meetings and 1 International Training on the media, we will identify the priorities for a successful migrants’ integration and both practical and theoretical knowledge on media, migration, and counternarratives of migration. In addition to that, the project foresees the organization of 8 Job Shadowing activities during which partners will acquire practical knowledge from other partners that will be replicated within their local territories.

PILOTS PROJECTS: testing the knowledge acquired will be a key part of the EPIC project with the organization of 8 Pilot Projects which will implement activities to face the specific priorities identified during the research and data collection phase.

NETWORKING AND POLICY HARMONIZATION events will be organized with the aim of fostering dialogue with key stakeholders on migrants’ integration at local and EU level and favouring the emerging of joint policies and initiatives, within the EPIC project, Local Networking Paths, meaning 8 meetings with the population will be organized, which will result in 8 proposed solutions to existing local integration’s problems. Moreover, 3 International Networking Paths in Sisak, Lisbon, and Brussels will be organized, to discuss policy harmonization, project integration and local-to-local cooperation.

COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION activities will be implemented, in addition to Informative Counter-Narrative Campaigns that will focus on developing narratives to negative migration discourses and 4 webinars regarding each priority identified during the Capacity Building Phase related to counter-narratives to fight stereotypes on migrants. The EPIC project will end with a Final Conference with European and National key stakeholders working in the field of migrants' integration.

The EPIC project sees ALDA as the Lead Partner and the involvement of 15 other partners:
7 NGOs, specifically

  • Associazione ADL Zaidovici
  • Cooperazione Studio e Progetto 2
  • Symbiosis
  • Jesuit Refugee Service Portugal
  • Jesuit Refugee Service Croatia
  • Kitev
  • Solidaridad sin Fronteras;

and 6 LAs, in particular

  • the Municipality of Brescia
  • the Municipality of Ioannina
  • the City of Lisbon
  • the Municipality of Oberhausen
  • the Municipality of the city of Gdansk
  • the Municipality of Sisak;

in addition, the project will involve the University College London and the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL).

The project started in January 2020 with the Kick-off meeting in Vicenza and Santorso, and will last 36 months.

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