On 23/11/2022, the European Committee of the Regions will host a Share SIRA Transnational Conference on 'Strengthening and Expanding Social Orientation & Integration for Newcomers in Rural Areas'. This one-day event is organized by the Share Network, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Europe and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The conference will present the main results and the lessons learned from the AMIF-funded SIRA project, which has piloted innovative integration actions and used multi-stakeholder approaches to strengthen migrant & refugee inclusion in 10 rural regions in France, Greece, Poland and Spain in 2021-2022.
The aim of the conference is to explore the conditions for successful social orientation and integration in small and rural communities, and to highlight inspiring bottom-up practices and link them to research and policy frameworks. It will bring together representatives from EU institutions, national, regional and local authorities, civil society and refugee/migrant-led organisations, academia, the private sector and grassroots stakeholders to further discuss how to promote the participation of communities and newcomers, as well as to strengthen synergies between integration and rural development strategies.
By bringing together a wide range of actors from different EU countries, the conference offers an opportunity to learn and exchange practices with peers facing similar challenges.
Share Network is a partner of the Cities and Regions for Integration of Migrants Network of the European Committee of the Regions.
Interpretation will be provided in English, French, Spanish, Greek and Polish.
For more information about the event and programme, click here.
To attend the conference, in person or online, please fill in the registration form here*.
*Please note that there are a limited number of places for in-person participation and that we encourage participants to (co-)fund their attendance to the event.