The CPMR was represented through several member Regions, including Skåne, Catalonia, Murcia, the Basque Country and Murcia, as well as its General Secretariat at the conference “Go Local: Supporting regions, cities and rural areas in migrants’ integration”, co-organised by the European Committee of the Regions and European Commission last 3 December 2019.
The event was organised in the framework of the CoR initiative Cities and Regions for Integration in which the CPMR is an active partner.
The new Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson addressed the conference, reconfirming the will to keep working with regions and local authorities as key stakeholders in the successful integration of migrants and stressing the need to maintain the budget at the level of expectations and accessibility for territorial stakeholders.
Annika Annerby Jansson, President of Region Skåne and Chair of the CPMR’s Task Force on Migration Management, participated in the morning panel session. She described the measures being deployed in her Region through the Partnership Skåne initiative, which addresses integration challenges by providing holistic support for newly arrived migrants: “Through the platform Partnership Skåne and European collaboration thanks to CPMR, we are able to pull our strengths together and create 3 key factors for integration: Trust, Confidence and Networking. This multi-level-way of working, exchanging experience in policy making and tools development, will help us to find new systems solutions contributing to skills supply and growth in our region Skåne, in Sweden and in Europe.”
Oriol Amorós, Secretary for Equality, Migration and Citizenship of the Catalan government also contributed to the debates.
On the eve of the GoLocal Conference, the CPMR took part in the first technical exchange and networking event organised by DG HOME for all selected AMIF projects under the Priority “Local and regional networks for the integration of third country nationals”.
The CPMR is leading a consortium involving 6 of its member Regions and 3 technical partners, in a project named “REGIN”, designed to increase the performance of the regions on integration and inclusion. Actions include developing an innovative toolbox for regional governments, indicators on policy and outcomes, trainings, testbeds (e.g. on health and integration) and mapping of experiences. The two-year project will kick off in February 2020.
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