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Project “SPRING – Sustainable Practices of Integration”

“SPRING Sustainable practices of integration. 
Gather, summarize and share the best available research and evidence on integration”

We are glad to invite you to the launch conference of the

SPRING project on Sustainable PRactices of INteGration on 8 June 2021, from 15:00 to 17:00 CEST

The launch event will take place on Zoom with a conference on

“Promoting evidence-based Community of Practices on migrant integration”

It will be the occasion to explore how knowledge exchange can be best achieved around sustainable integration practices. It will look at the knowledge needs of researchers, policymakers and practitioners while highlighting positive experiences and identifying possible synergies.

The conference will kick-start the overall SPRING participatory process that, over two years, will develop a number of tools allowing diverse communities of practices to identify and access validated knowledge on sustainable integration practices. Access to sound and relevant knowledge by practitioners, researchers and policymakers will be key in order to develop sustainable integration practices.

SPRING is a two-year project coordinated by Fondazione Inizative e Studi sulla Multietnicità (ISMU, Italy) and involving the Department of Sociology and Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), the Department for Migration and Globalization at Danube University Krems (Austria), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD, Austria), SOLIDAR (Belgium), the Migration Policy Institute-Europe (MPI-Europe, Belgium), Youngminds (Romania), the International Catholic Migration Commission Europe (ICMC-Europe, BE) and the Migration Policy Group (MPG, BE). The project implementation is supported by the Ottawa Refugee Hub at Ottawa University (Canada) as non-EU partner and by EUROCITIES (Belgium) as associate partner.

Focused on the integration of recently arrived migrants in the context of the large-scale arrivals of refugees and other migrants since 2014, SPRING aims to develop a toolbox to improve the innovation, effectiveness and sustainability of the work done by Europe’s integration stakeholders at national, regional and local levels.

SPRING will do so by

  • engaging with relevant communities of practice
  • collecting evidence on sustainable and effective integration policy practices
  • identifying successful and sustainable practices targeted at the integration of newly arrived migrants
  • promoting an evidence culture in integration policy
  • creating innovative knowledge exchange tools on sustainable practices of integration

The SPRING consortium brings together some of Europe’s most well-connected integration researchers, think-tanks and stakeholder networks with the support of global stakeholders.

As such, the project will mobilise significant research, networks and communications capacity and will gather, summarise and share the best available research and evidence on the effectiveness, innovation, transferability, sustainability and evaluation methods for integration policies and practice. This evidence will summarise the findings of EU projects funded under Horizon 2020, AMIF, European Social Fund and Erasmus+ as well as relevant public and private donors.

ICMC-Europe  (BE)
Ottawa Universty (CAN)

In collaboration with

Eurocities (BE)