Report launch 8:30 - 9:15
The report will be launched with a guest speaker from the European Commission and accompanied by breakfast.
Seminar 9:30 - 13:00
The seminar will include sessions on the Attitudes to migrants, communication and local leadership in Europe (AMICALL) project findings; the role of cities in integration; and shaping positive attitudes and combating xenophobia across Europe.
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The AMICALL project was a transnational action research project exploring the role of Local and Regional Authorities (LRAs) in communicating with their citizens about the difficult questions raised by migration. This event marks the release of the project's final report.
Funded by the European Union’s Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals and led by a partnership of six European research institutions, with the Council of Europe as an associate partner, AMICALL provided a platform for the sharing of good practice and the development of new strategies for the communication of positive attitudes towards migrants and towards migrant integration at the local and regional level. The research was undertaken in six EU Member States: Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom and involved local and regional government officials in all these countries.
The key message of the AMICALL project is that the local matters. Places differ, and the integration challenges vary by locality, at every geographical scale. Local leadership on integration is therefore essential. Although the landscape mapped by the research was very uneven, researchers found striking examples of LRAs taking a lead in integration, even where national governments were retreating from the field. In a context marked by high levels of anti-immigrant sentiment across Europe, LRAs have a vital role in ensuring that receiving societies play their part in creating the conditions for integration.
Project partners: Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Central European University (CEU), European Forum for Migration Studies (efms), Erasmus University of Rotterdam, University Complutense, International and European Forum on Migration Research - Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull'Immigrazione (FIERI), Council of Europe, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London.