The Kick-off conference for the project FOR-IN (Fostering refugee and immigrant integration/For Integration) will take place in Lithuania, at Vilnius town hall on 2 and 3 May 2022.
The event will be held in English and also live-streamed on Facebook (in English) and can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/events/973344053213805
The full conference program is available: https://bit.ly/3xXFB6w
The aim of the project is to facilitate country-specific intersectional cooperation mechanisms to reinforce local level reception/integration capacities and the development of local-level integration action planning (especially, in the context of rapidly increased arrivals), develop regional networks of integration practitioners to further facilitate knowledge exchange and ensure that key holistic integration principles are in place and facilitate pro-active engagement of refugees and immigrants in the co-design and co-implementation of goals and actions concerning programmes which support their integration.
During the past 10 years, the Baltic Countries have continuously improved integration policies by developing specific national-level programmes and action plans. The mission of the project is to strengthen these existing initiatives further and apply the experience and knowledge of the Nordic Countries. Such synergy would benefit not only local authorities and civil society, but also refugee and immigrant communities as well other integration actors. With the current refugee situation in Europe rapidly changing due to the war in Ukraine these aims are more important than ever.
FOR-IN is implemented in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers Offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the NGO Diversity Development Group.