Joint Migration Policy Roundtable 2020 with other H2020 migration projects

On 14, 15 and 16 October 2020, WELCOME co-organized and participated in a roundtable about Joint Migration Policy, with other five H2020 migration projects.

The roundtable has been a joint effort of six European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 call DT-Migration-06-2018-2019 Addressing the challenge of migrant integration through ICT-enabled solutions. It’s a collaboration of WELCOME, MIICT, REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO and EASYRIGHTS, because all these six projects are supposed to organize policy roundtables as part of their project activities and events. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the idea was born to organize a joint event, and the European Commission supported the idea and supported with getting all projects on board. During the preparation, representatives of all six projects worked on the program, the list of speakers and the organisation of the roundtable.

The roundtable has focused on the three major pillars that all six projects are building:

  1. Development of new ICT tools for supporting integration
  2. The application of co-creation and participatory design
  3. The collaboration between policy makers and public authorities

And for broadening the perspective and support thinking out of the projects, it has been planned to discuss topics with different stakeholders.

Three representatives of WELCOME partners took part in the 3 sessions held: Anastasios Karaskostas of CERTH, as panelist; and Magdalena Boehm of Mind Refuge, and Saskia Bayerln of CENTRIC, as moderators.

After the roundtable the six projects have put together recommendations from the sessions that will be forwarded to the current Public Consultation on the integration and inclusion of migrants and people with a migrant background. Besides, until the end of November the six projects will submit a Whitepaper with the main outcomes of the roundtable sessions as well as with a consolidated and extended version of the policy recommendations along the main pillars of the projects.

A summary of the policy roundtable outcomes will furthermore be included in reports and the final documentation of all six projects.

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