Upon arrival and in the very early stages of the integration process, migrants often encounter difficulties in their social orientation, i.e. in adapting to a new local, social and administrative environment, building a social network, as well as in dealing with authorities, public and private services or handling paperwork. These difficulties can slow down the integration process and affect its outcome. The involvement of the local community can facilitate overcoming these difficulties through, for example, mentoring programmes and/or volunteering activities to provide support to third-country nationals in areas such as knowledge of the new local environment, “ways, customs and habits” of the new society, basic language skills, dealing with administrative procedures in the field of health, housing, education, etc. The activities will aim at facilitating the early integration steps of newly arrived migrants and also foster exchanges between migrants and the receiving society, thus contributing to mutual understanding, knowledge and building of a more cohesive community. These activities will involve the local community (individuals and/or families) and may also support them.
Further considerations applicable to this topic
Applicants should consider and clearly detail in their application how the different domains and relevant actors are to be involved. To attain the objectives of this call, it is necessary to:
Furthermore, applicants should also give specific attention to people in a potentially vulnerable situation, including victims of gender-based violence, or who belong to a religious or ethnic minority who could face discrimination or disproportionate obstacles.
The Commission would welcome large or small projects in terms of budget and number of partners
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