European Web Site on Integration

Summary

European Web Site on Integration: The European Commission's Portal for Information on 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

Description

The Site www.integration.eu is intended as a tool for people working in the field of integration, both in non-government and government organisations.

Background

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 Unisys and ESN to develop the Site.

Supporting Integration in the EU

EWSI homepageThe Web Site provides a “one-stop-shop” for information and good practices to support the integration of immigrants in all Member States.

The Web Site 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 include:

  • 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.

Useful content for the Web Site

Stakeholders consulted for the project said they wanted a Site with information that is useful for  practitioners. The Site includes:

1. A broad range of information and documents relevant to immigrant integration

  • Official, up-to-date EU information

All new Directives, Regulations and offi cial documents from EU institutions will appear on the Web Site, along with policy documents, statistics and other information.

The Site will also include 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
  • Case studies of integration practices

At its centre the Web Site holds a wide selection of case studies of integration practice. The case studies are drawn from European and national projects, local authorities and civil society organisations. The case studies 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 case studies pertinent to current events. Special editions of the bulletin are produced to cover important developments relating to integration, such as new EU Directives, or relevant incidents in Member States.

  • 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.

To assist practitioners with the task of finding partners for integration projects, information is provided about organisations working in the area of integration.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. A powerful search engine

7. 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