SIforREF
Integrating Refugees in Society and the Labour Market Through Social Innovation

SIforREF addresses at least two main territorial challenges identified in the cooperation Programme: globalisation, economic development and social cohesion. Refugee and migration issues in fact Impacts the economic equilibrium and  the social cohesion of our society. The refugee crisis of 2015 inevitably gave more evidence to strengths and weaknesses related to the challenges mentioned. Certain best practices revealed the existence of connected top-down and bottom up experiences, which contained  participatory Elements. However,  at the same time the crisis dramatically revealed weaknesses that can be contributed to a lack of skills and services as well as to the hostile socio-political climate. The project will develop tools for evaluating and designing social innovative practices and for improving the social innovation capacity of policies. It will also implement seven pilot actions to test these tools and design regional and transnational strategies. 

To do so, the partnership will investigate and build on best practices and initiate a mutual learning process among central European regions, especially neighbourhood regions involved in the project.

Main objectives of the project: 

  • Enhance existing refugee integration policies on the regional and local level.
  • To advocate for social innovative and inclusive measures becoming mainstream components in the policy-making process.
  • The creation of tools for the evaluation and design of social innovative practices and pilots that result in inclusive and sustainable practices.
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 Statement of support from the Berlin Commissioner for Integration and Migration


Hello, My name is Katarina Niewiedzial and I am the commissioner for integration and migration of the Berlin senate in Germany. I am delighted to be part of this European project SIforRef - especially for two reasons: Firstly, I clearly stand for a strong common European policy, because this is the only way to tackle global issues. We can see this mainly by the topic of migration. I like the term: “Think global, act local”. I think it is important to involve the local level into the decision-making process. A good example for this is Interreg Central Europe, but also the European movement of Solidarity Cities.

Secondly, the project stands for direct cooperation of the administration with NGOs and the academia. Berlin is a diverse city with a very clear political message: we are very much committed to the participation and integration of all migrants from day one. I want the Berlin expertise to contribute to a liberal European migration policy. But, I also want to learn from other European countries and initiatives - with a common and positive spirit!

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IMISCOE Conference 1-2 July 2020

Members of the SIforREF team will participate in the first IMISCOE online annual conference. The conference was originally scheduled to take place in Luxemberg, but was moved online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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THE NEEDS OF MIGRANTS DURING THE TIME OF 
COVID-19

Two of our project partners: University of Venice Ca'Foscari and Centro Immigrazione Asilo e Cooperazione internazionale will participate on 13 May -15:00-17:00 in an online webinar about the needs of migrants in Italy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

More information is in facebook page.

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Meeting in Ljubljana

The second transnational meeting of the SiforREF team was held in Ljubljana from 5-6 November 2019. During these two days, all project partners from the five cities shared the findings of the project’s activities and outputs. 

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Co-creation workshops

Co-creative workshops with stakeholders, experts and refugees were organised and conducted during the month of October 2019 in Bologna, Parma, Vienna, Ljubljana and Berlin.

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Meeting in Budapest 

The Communication Strategy Seminar was conducted 9-10 September 2019 in Budapest.

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KICK-OFF MEETING

The Kick-Off meeting of the SIforREF project took place from 8-9 May 2019 at the University of Ca'Foscari in Venice, Italy. All project partners and associate partners met and spent two intense days discussing and planning the future of the project.

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Coping with COVID-19

In order to curtail the spread of the Covid -19 virus, many EU countries have imposed  movement restrictions and even near or complete lock-down measures upon its citizens. But what does this mean for the refugee populations located in these spaces? In many cases such measures add further complications and difficulties to the lives  of individuals that have already experienced trauma and forced displacement. 

On this page the SiforREF project partners will devote information and stories about how the refugee populations and various organisations in their cities: Berlin, Bologna, Ljubljana, Parma and Vienna are finding solutions to deal with this pandemic.

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Best Practices

Here we would like to provide you with an overview of the best practices in regard to refugee integration within the cities/ territories of our partnership: Berlin, Bologna, Ljubljana, Parma, Vienna.

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