EMVI goes to Brussels

Reaffirming EU founding values in making migrants protagonists

A study visit and a policy brief with a large representation of MEPs. These are the events organized from the 14th to the 16th of November in Brussels by the NGO Südwind together with the partners of the European project EMVI – Empowering Migrant Voices on Integration and Inclusion policies.

During the three-days event there will be field visits and networking meetings in the presence of representatives of the European institutions and civil society organizations.

The focus will be a communal reflection aimed at finding tools and solutions that allow a greater and more active involvement of individuals and communities of people with a migration background in the design of policies so that they can be defined as inclusive and participatory.

“The political participation of migrants can foster their integration, promoting a sense of belonging and identity to the community, encouraging the development of a social network as well as supporting and strengthening diversity within the European community. In this regard, the EU Action Plan for Integration and Inclusion points out: ‘the European way of life is an inclusive one”, says Stefan Grasgruber-Kerl, transnational coordinator of the EMVI project and Head of Campaigning of Südwind.

On Wednesday 15 November from, 1 to 3 p.m., the Empowering Migrant Voices European Parliament Roundtable will take place. During the meeting, following the opening statements by the MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) the recommendations for the European Good Practice Guide on Migrant Participation will be presented. Furthermore, the project partners representatives will put forward the requests raised by members of the associations involved in the EMVI project’s training activities. These requests will be subsequently discussed by MEPs and EC representatives. The round table will end with a moment of open discussion among the participants.

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