Joint Migration Policy Whitepaper
“Towards ICT-enabled integration of migrants” is the title of the cooperative outcome of the Joint Migration Policy Roundtables, organised between the 14th and the 16th of October, 2020. It is a joint whitepaper which is intended as a strategical input for shaping future migration policy of the EU, and which reflects the common thematic lines of WELCOME and other six European projects (MIICT, REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO and EASYRIGHTS) that are funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
The recommendations of the whitepaper relate to the common pillars of all the six projects, which focus on co-creation and participatory design, multi-stakeholder collaboration and ICT tools and digital services for supporting integration, and are referred to the European Commission (EC). Relevant authorities, specific Ministries such as Ministry of Migration and Asylum, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Digital Governance, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Asylum Service, Dublin Unit and prefectures are also key stakeholders that could benefit from the recommendations made in this whitepaper.
In many Member States of the European Union and Associated Countries, the integration of migrants and refugees remains a challenge for both public authorities and local communities at national, regional and local level. WELCOME, MIICT, Re-Build, NADINE, MICADO and EASYRIGHTS are Horizon 2020-co-funded innovation action projects, which work towards the development of ICT-enabled solutions and toolkits for the implementation of inclusion policies by public administrations and the civil society. As efficient and effective integration of migrants and refugees can only be achieved by clearly understanding the individual situation and the social embedding. It needs as well the involvement of key stakeholders such as researchers, public authorities and civil society organizations as well as migrants and refugees themselves. The six projects apply a participatory co-creation methodology in the development of ICT-solutions and follow a collaborative approach not only involving migrants but also public authorities and further stakeholders for leveraging the tools and services.