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About the project
MILE is about empowering the local community as a whole, including migrant communities. The aim is to provide municipalities and migrant-led associations with sustainable and inclusive mechanisms for exchange that can act as a springboard for deeper social, economic, and political inclusion.
By involving six EU Member States - Belgium, Greece, Latvia, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK - MILE will assess different local contexts and produce research-based and locally-tailored responses addressing the needs and priorities of municipalities and migrant communities.
Achieve a better understanding of the needs of municipalities and migrant and refugee
communities in their local context in different areas of society;
Boost the political participation and leadership of migrants and refugees;
Promote the management of inclusive policy-making in municipalities;
Turn the experiences into recommendations for better integration policies;
In the long term,s: Create a European Network of Exchange and Collaboration (ENEC) among municipalities and set up a peer-to-peer exchange platform for migrant-led organisations that will constitute the backbone of future collaborations.
MILE’s approach and tools
MILE is a two-year project that aims to create a sustainable ecosystem of exchange between municipalities and migrant communities to promote the engagement of migrants and refugees in local policy-making, including in areas such as housing, education, health, and entrepreneurship.
MILE will equip municipalities and migrant communities with tools to establish consultation mechanisms and exchange networks and will offer management and leadership trainings to help raise migrants’ voices in local decision-making. Local and European events and campaigns will raise awareness around the issues and the project’s activities.
Working closely with the research institute to understand the state of play of migrant political participation, historically and currently.
Informing the migrant community about their rights and promoting their political participation and supporting active citizenship.
Collaborating with the municipality to create consultative bodies of migrants that are consulted and included in the design and implementation of inclusion and integration policies.
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