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European Web Site on Integration


The European Web Site on Integration is the European Commission’s portal for information on immigrant integration.

The aim of the European Web Site on Integration is to help improve the effectiveness of integration policies and practices in the European Union by sharing successful strategies and supporting collaboration and cooperation between practitioners. It is intended as a tool for people working in the field of integration, both in non-government and government organisations.


The European Web Site on Integration can be accessed at www.integration.eu 


The integration of third-country nationals legally residing in the Member States of the European Union (EU) has gained increasing importance on the European agenda in recent years.

The Hague Programme on strengthening freedom, security and justice in the EU, adopted by the European Council in November 2004, called for the development of a Web Site on Integration. In that same month the Groningen Ministerial Conference on Integration invited the Commission, in close cooperation with the National Contact Points on Integration, to establish a public- private partnership to create and maintain an integration Web Site.

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Home Affairs has commissioned the Migration Policy Group in partnership with various organisations to develop the website in 2007. Since 2011, MPG maintains the website together with Intrasoft International as IT service provider.

Supporting Integration in the EU

EWSI_28.02.12The website provides a “one-stop-shop” for information and good practices to support the integration of immigrants in all Member States.

The website covers all dimensions of integration and gathers information from a wide variety of stakeholders. It has been designed for use by national, regional and local authorities, by civil society organisations, and by practitioners in local organisations.

The aim is also to develop the Site as an EU-wide platform for networking on integration, through exchange about policy and practice.

Wide stakeholder consultation

Consultation with stakeholders has been a key part of the development of the Web Site. The project has focused on working with European Institutions and with network organisations that have the remit and the means to communicate with practitioner groups in Member States. These included:

  • European Institutions: Commission Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security and other DGs relevant to integration, including Social Affairs and Employment, Education, Enterprise, Health; the European Parliament, the Council, European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions National Governments, represented by the National Contact Points on Integration
  • International organisations (e.g. IOM, ILO)
  • Regional and Local Government organisations
  • EU civil society: civil society networks, academics and experts, business networks, social partners.
What you can find on the website

Stakeholders consulted for the project said they wanted a site with information that is useful for  practitioners. It therefore includes:

Regular analyses

Special Features

Special Features are designed to make the link between current news on integration and EWSI content. In doing so, they help to:

  • Put what is heard in the news on integration into a wider and deeper perspective;
  • Bring back balance to the often unbalanced portrayal of integration in the news;
  • Guide users through the maze of EWSI content by acting as a ‘content vade mecum’.
  • Special Features contrast with EWSI Integration Dossiers, which uses the inflow of new content on the website to identify and analyse emerging trends.

Integration Dossiers

In contrast to EWSI Special Features, the EWSI Editorial Team uses the inflow of new content on the website to identify and analyse emerging trends. It then compiles findings in Integration Dossiers.


A broad range of good practices and documents relevant to immigrant integration

  • Official, up-to-date EU information

All new Directives, Regulations and official documents from EU institutions appear on the website as they are released by the EU, along with policy documents, statistics and other information.

The site also includes material that makes the case for integration, demonstrating that integration can be successful and improving the situation of immigrants.

  • National legislation, policy papers and impact assessments from Member States
  • Documents from civil society organisations and research centres/academia
  • Documents from international organisations
  • Good practices

At its centre the website holds a wide selection of good practices. The practices are drawn from European and national projects, local authorities and civil society organisations. They are collected by using a common template, so they can be easily compared.

  • News

EU and other relevant media releases are available on the Web Site in the original language(s) of publication.

A regular email bulletin draws attention to useful background material and good practices pertinent to current events. 

  • Information on integration stakeholders

This ranges from basic information about organisations working in the area of integration and a listing of people registered with the site who wish to have their details shared.

  • An Events Calendar

The calendar lists conferences, workshops and seminars of interest. Users are encouraged to submit their events information to the site.


Information on funding opportunities for integration practitioners

Stakeholder consultations showed that up-to-date information on funding opportunities is an important requirement for potential Site users.

The Web Site brings together information about the variety of European Commission funding opportunities available to practitioners, as well as promoting funding programmes run by Member States and by private foundations. The Web Site’s email newsletter delivers alerts about deadlines wherever possible. 


Multi-lingual content

Information and documents appear on the Web Site in the original language of publication. The basic structure of the Web Site and the static information appears in three languages: English, French and German.

Documents submitted by Contributors are in the language in which the content is uploaded: this can be in any EU official language. Users are invited to provide some dynamic content (e.g. summary information or news-items) in English. 


Opportunities to contribute

The Web Site is designed as a collaborative tool for practitioners. It provides opportunities for users to interact with other users and locate other practitioners with similar interests. It includes:

  • Opportunities throughout to submit content for publishing on the Web Site. Criteria for publishing is clear and visible and submitted content is validated according to agreed criteria. Contributors are acknowledged by email, on the Site and in an annual report. Regular contributors are profiled in the email newsletter.
  • A moderated online forum. The forum provides email digests of posts so subscribers can scan what’s been added and quickly decide whether to respond.

Country information sheets

The Web Site also features country information sheets containing an overview of key information for all EU Member States. These are updated on a regular basis. 


Thematic structure

Information on the Web Site is organised around six key themes:

  • Active Citizenship (residence and work permits, civic citizenship, naturalisation, political participation, volunteering and third-sector, consultation, mediation and dialogue platforms, civic education)
  • Economic Participation (employment, recognition of qualifications and skills assessment, vocational training and career development, workforce diversity and capacity-building, self-employment and entrepreneurship, supplier diversity)
  • Social Cohesion (housing and urban development, social inclusion, social protection, health, other services)
  • Education and culture (school education, out-of-school education including lifelong learning and distance education, language competencies, E-learning, intercultural dialogue including interreligious dialogue, cultural activities and diversity)
  • Anti-discrimination and equality (antidiscrimination at work, anti-discrimination in service provision, access to justice, equal opportunities, positive action)
  • Tools and Techniques (benchmarking, indicators, evaluations and impact assessments, mainstreaming, infrastructure, media, awareness-raising)
Measuring success of the Web Site

European Web Site on Integration

The success of the project is measured by:

  • Web Site registrations of organisations in different target areas: civil society groups, local government, European institutions and Member State agencies
  • Levels of participation in collaborative areas of the Site and number of visitors
  • The breadth of relevant information and document collection available on the Web Site, especially case studies

For more information email us at contact@integration.eu


European Web Site on Integration WORK IN USE

The European Parliament Welcomes the European Web Site on Integration

Its its February 2013 Report on the integration of migrants, its effects on the labour market and the external dimension of social security coordination, the European Parliament welcomes the European Web Site on Integration (EWSI), maintained by MPG, as part of the existing EU instruments for the formulation of integration policies:

“Welcomes the existing EU instruments for the formulation of integration policies, for example the network of National Contact Points on Integration, the European integration website, the European Handbook on Integration, the European Integration Fund, the Asylum and Migration Fund, the EU immigration portal and the European integration modules”

The report further calls for a “‘one-stop-shop’ website for aspiring entrepreneurs which would provide information on opportunities and challenges, on European and national subsidies, and on organisations and bodies providing assistance in the field of self-employment“.

The European Web Site on Integration already contains a wealth of good practices and documents pertaining to immigrant entrepreneurship and self-employment. Read the EWSI Editorial Team’s Integration Dossier on this subject, published in 2012.

European Web Site on Integration WORK IN CONTEXT

Austria announces easier path for the recognition of qualifications

On 17 January 2014, the Austrian Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz announced his intention to create a new Recognition Act designed to facilitate the recognition of foreign qualifications. “Many highly-qualified people come to Austria and cannot bring their training and qualifications. We need to create a more flexible framework to facilitate the academic validation of foreign degrees“, he said in one of his first public appearances since his nomination.

This follows the latest country-specific recommendations for Austria prepared by the European Commission in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy, which stated that “the potential of people with a migrant background should also be fully tapped, notably through improving the recognition of their qualifications“.

EWSI ID-qualif_fullAs explained in the EWSI Integration Dossier on the Recognition of Qualifications and Competencies, authored by MPG for the European Commission’s European Web Site on Integration, the recognition of professional qualifications falls under internal market legislation and is framed at EU level by Directive 2005/36/EC. But it only applies insofar as the qualification has been obtained in an EU member state. The recognition of qualifications obtained in third-countries is covered by national legislations. As a result, many immigrants are excluded from the Directive’s remit and depend on national rules for getting their qualifications recognised – it is unlikely that the recognition of qualifications and competencies acquired in non-EU countries will be regulated at EU level in the near future.


Italy: New Integration Portal

A new portal has been set up dedicated to migrants with information on services, on more than 900 industry associations and institutions, and all the news in terms of legislation, institutional initiatives and activities undertaken at national, regional and local level. It was presented this morning in Rome and can be found at www.integrazionemigranti .gov.it. It is a project co-funded by the European Fund for the integration of third country nationals, which comes under the umbrella of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

It therefore acts as a national counterpart to the European Web Site on Integration, the European Commission’s hub portal on immigrant integration which is managed by MPG since 2007 and attracts thousands of visitors every month.


Are you looking for past news and events related to the European Web Site on Integration?

News and events prior to 2012 are available in our archive.

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