MILE TRAINING TESTIMONIALS
MILE stands for Migrant Integration through Locally designed Experiences and is about empowering the local community as a whole, including migrant communities. MILE is two-year project co-funded through the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and involves partners in six European countries: Belgium, Greece, Latvia, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK.
In 2022, MILE produced reports of local and EU-level inclusion policies with the help of existing evaluation frameworks, such as the Integrating Cities Toolkit.
For these analyses, our research teams worked together with the four implementing municipalities of the MILE project as well as partnering migrant communities in the countries to collect evidence of the current local contexts.
Read the full research papers, covering Birmingham (UK), Ioannina (GR), Riga (LV), Ripollet (ES), and the EU:
In March, MILE concluded its training programme on inclusive participation with a final training session for migrants and refugees in Ripollet, Spain, on 6 March 2023. As for the previous sessions, the training was designed and implemented by New Women Connectors and in the case
On 7 February 2023, MILE partners met in Riga, Latvia, for the project’s second annual consortium meeting. Hosted by the municipality of Riga, the meeting provided an opportunity for project partners to meet in person to take stock of MILE’s results and activities during the
In our Q&A series “Three Questions To”, we present different European perspectives on migration, participation and local inclusion, this time with Paul Soete, Chair of the Group on Immigration and Integration, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The EESC is an advisory body to the EU,
Can and should migrants be active citizens? And what can policy makers do to promote greater inclusion of migrants in decision making? Can and should migrants be active citizens? And what can policy makes do to promote greater inclusion of migrants in decision making? International
Bridging the democracy gap: How can we make political participation more inclusive and accessible to all?
The MILE project, an EU-funded initiative promoting the political participation and local inclusion of migrants and refugees, in collaboration with the European Parliament, is inviting civil society actors, policymakers and communicators to an event exploring how collaboration and community engagement can help make civic engagement
MILE IN A NUTSHELL
MILE stands for Migrant Integration through Locally designed Experiences and is about empowering the local community as a whole, including migrant communities. We believe that policy-making – especially at the local level – should be a co-creation process that reflects the diverse population of cities and includes migrants and refugees.
MILE aims to promote the inclusion and active citizenship of migrants and refugees at the local level. We want to do this by connecting municipalities and migrant-led associations and provide them with tools for exchange and participatory policy-making.
The project currently involves municipalities in six European countries – Belgium, Greece, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Taking into account the different contexts and current needs of cities and local migrant communities, MILE is producing tailored tools for participation and inclusion that can be replicated across Europe.
In 2022, diversity and leadership training for municipalities and migrant communities paved the way for the establishment of consultative bodies in each municipality where migrants can raise their issues.
In 2023, we will launch two Europe-wide exchange platforms: one for migrant-led organisations and one for municipalities to promote exchange, collaboration and inclusive policy-making.
- Understand the needs of municipalities and migrant and refugee communities in their local context;
- Boost the political participation and leadership of migrants and refugees;
- Promote inclusive policy-making in cities;
- Turn the experiences into recommendations for better integration policies;
- Create long-term networks of exchange and collaboration for municipalities and migrant communities;
MILE is a two-year project focusing on creating sustainable ecosystems of exchange between cities and migrant communities.
Taking different local needs into account, MILE uses research and local insights to train municipality staff and migrant communities and enhance inclusion, diversity and participation policies.
Local and European events and campaigns will raise awareness around the issues of migration, inclusion and participation.
See the full info-brochure here.