Study visits and exchange of best practices on the integration of migrant women through urban rural activities

In recent years there has been a rapid increase in migratory waves coming to the European Union from third countries, and not only asylum-seekers from wars, and political and social uncertainty and instability affecting their countries, with a view to better quality of life, better job opportunities. Thus, the EU faces the largest post-World War II immigration crisis, with more than 2.5 million people claiming asylum only during the two previous years.

Women are reaching populations in EU countries with the need to provide health and education services for themselves and their children, as well as more general efforts to join the host societies. Many times, however, the barriers that are presented, which mainly have to do with language and social discrimination, place them on the sidelines with few integration opportunities.

The project “URBAGRI4WOMEN – Innovative practices and joint urban initiatives to support the integration of migrant women in local communities through urban rural activities” is co-funded by the European Union through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund host societies through agricultural and agricultural practices.

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The second transnational meeting held in Strasbourg, France from September 12 to September 15, with the exception of partners from Italy, Greece, Austria, France, Cyprus, Portugal and England, was attended by each country and service representatives, NGOs and other organizations that will provide resources, structures and other necessary tools to implement the project. The OAED, the Larissa Municipality and IEK Open Mellon, key actors for the successful implementation of the project, participated in the project outside of the Institute for Entrepreneurship Development, which is a partner of the project.

All representatives had the opportunity to visit organizations and venues in the city of Strasbourg, who are engaged not only in welcoming immigrant women, helping them with administrative and legal issues, but also with their creative work in gardens and open spaces. A transnational seminar was then held where all representatives presented their organizations and then exchanged best practices for successful integration of migrants. On the last day, at the meeting of the partners, the stages of the project, the next moves and actions were discussed, while the next meeting for February 2018 in Cyprus was set.

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