Enhancing the participation of migrants through the creation of migrant councils
MigrationVoicesHeard aims to promote refugee and migrant participation in the design and implementation of integration and related policies at local, regional, and national level in seven EU countries.
Grant Agreement Number: 101038656
Funded by: AMIF Duration: 01/12/2021 – 31/11/2023
One of the criticisms on the national strategies for migrant integration in the EU, particularly in Eastern Europe (BG, HU, RO) is that they are focusing too much on border control and illegal immigration, overlooking other important aspects of integration, such as migrant participation in developing and implementing policies, which directly concern them.
The lack of representation of migrants in local decision-making is a crucial factor, which leads to the institutional negligence of migrant needs and inadequate operationalization of the existing central policies for migrant integration. Additionally, the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic were disproportionately high for some vulnerable groups of migrants whose voices are muffled by the lack of empowerment within the migrant communities.
ΜigrationVoiceHeard is to promote refugee and migrant participation in the design and implementation of integration and related policies regarding education, employment, housing health at the local, regional, and national levels through the creation of migrant councils.