European Local Authority Integration Network (ELAINE)

 

The ELAINE project (January 2016 - December 2017) connected five local and regional European organisations on the theme of migrant and refugee integration. It was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens" (Strand 2 – Measure 2.2 "Networks of Towns").

The project comprised five separate meetings on the topic of integration in five separate member states. Each meeting had its own focus with each participating partner sending 7 delegates, meaning that each conference was made up of about one third EU delegates and the remaining two thirds being delegates from the host country.


UK Delegates arriving in Kristianstad

The Swedish meeting launched the ELAINE network in Kristianstad in April 2016 on the theme of migration and entrepreneurship. A summary of the conference can be found here.

In June 2016, the British conference was held in Ipswich on the theme of how the voluntary and statutory sector work together on migrant integration. Presentation from the event can be downloaded from the box to the right of this text. Please click here for the conference report.


EU delegates in Ipswich visiting Suffolk Refugee Support's International Women's Group

The third conference was held in Vigo in the region of Galicia, northern Spain, in September 2016 on the theme of how culture and sport contribute to migrant integration. Delegates from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk took part in two days of learning and sharing.

The fourth conference in 2016 was in Vejle, Denmark in November where the theme was around language learning. In all the partner countries apart from Spain and the UK, new immigrants rarely arrive with any knowledge of their new country's language. Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands therefore take the subject of learning the language very seriously and have in place a network of language schools to help new migrants acquire the language quickly. This is seen as a measure of how well a new migrant is likely to be able to settle, integrate and contribute to the economy. Please follow this link to access the resources from the Danish conference, including details of language courses which focus on employment skills, interspersed with internships to enable learning to be put into practice: Danish Conference  

The fifth conference took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands in April 2017 on the theme of migrant health. 

There was also a wrap up event in Brussels in October 2017. For further details of all events please see below.

The UK project team was made up of:

The following five themes and the end conference were addressed with regards to integration:

Event 1
Participation: The event involved 86 citizens, including 60 participants from the cities in Skåne Nordost (Sweden), 7 participants from the city of Vejle (Denmark), 5 participants from the city of Catoira (Spain), 7 participants from the city of Maastricht (Netherlands) and 7 participants from the cities in Eastern England (United Kingdom).
Location/Dates: The event took place in Hässleholm & Kristianstad, Sweden from the 14/4/2016 to 15/4/2016.
Short description: The aim of the event was to discuss integration through entrepreneurship and employment programs. Hosted by EU-office Skåne Northeast.

Event 2
Participation: The event involved 93 citizens, including 7 participants from the cities in Skåne Nordost (Sweden), 7 participants from the city of Vejle (Denmark), 5 participants from the city of Catoira (Spain), 8 participants from the city of Maastricht (Netherlands) and 66 participants from the cities in Eastern England (United Kingdom).
Location/Dates: The event took place in Ipswich, United Kingdom, from the 13/6/2016 to 15/6/2016.
Short description: The aim was to discuss how the public and voluntary sector work in partnership to improve migrant integration. Hosted by East of England Local Government Association.

Event 3
Participation: The event involved 79 citizens, including 11 participants from the cities in Skåne Nordost (Sweden), 7 participants from the city of Vejle (Denmark), 52 participants from the city of Catoira (Spain), 6 participants from the city of Maastricht (Netherlands) and 8 participants from the cities in Eastern England (United Kingdom).
Location/Dates: The event took place in Catoira, Spain, from the 8/9/2016 to 10/9/2016.
Short description: The aim was to discuss sports and cultural activities as a means for the integration of migrants and refugees. Hosted by Catoira City Hall.

Event 4
Participation: The event involved 93 citizens, including 15 participants from the cities in Skåne Nordost (Sweden), 60 participants from the city of Vejle (Denmark), 5 participants from the city of Catoira (Spain), 6 participants from the city of Maastricht (Netherlands) and 6 participants from the cities in Eastern England (United Kingdom).
Location/Dates: The event took place in Vejle, Denmark, from the 31/10/2016 to 2/11/2016.
Short description: The aim was to discuss language acquisition and integration. Hosted by Vejle Videns- og udviklingscenter.

Event 5
Participation: The event involved 86 citizens, including 11 participants from the cities in Skåne Nordost (Sweden), 7 participants from the city of Vejle (Denmark), 6 participants from the city of Catoira (Spain), 54 participants from the city of Maastricht (Netherlands) and 8 participants from the cities in Eastern England (United Kingdom).
Location/Dates: The event took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands from the 19/4/2016 to 21/4/2016.
Short description: The aim was to discuss health and integration of migrants and refugees.
Hosted by Municipality of Maastricht in cooperation with Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) and Foundation Justice and Peace Netherlands.

Event 6
Participation: The event involved 34 citizens, including 9 participants from the cities in Skåne Nordost (Sweden), 5 participants from the city of Vejle (Denmark), 5 participants from the city of Catoira (Spain), 6 participants from the city of Maastricht (Netherlands) and 6 participants from the cities in Eastern England (United Kingdom).
Location/Dates: The event took place in Brussels, Belgium from the 11/10/2017 to 13/10/2017.
Short description: Final conference in Brussels, with the purpose of dissemination of results and dialogue with EU based organisations and actors.
Hosted by EU-office Skåne Northeast in cooperation with Skåne Association of Local Authorities.