MigrationWork has been invited to facilitate a three-day event in April 2018 for the Urban Academy on Integration of Migrants and Refugees.

The Academy is an initiative developed led by the City of Amsterdam and DG Home within the Urban Agenda Partnership on the Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees, which brings together cities, Member States and the European Commission to develop and put in place actions to foster the integration of migrants and refugees.

The Academy aims to support learning and sharing of experiences between practitioners and policy makers working on integration at the local, regional and national level. It will also provide an opportunity to create networks of peers working on similar integration issues across Europe, which will provide advice and support beyond the Academy itself. The Academy will be a European strategic learning environment for policy professionals. It will be facilitated and organised as a mix of experts’ inputs as well as peer exchanges on individual policy dilemmas and professional challenges. Much space will be dedicated to discussing and trying to find innovative solutions for integration challenges participants face in their city, region or country.
The two thematic strands of the event are “Education as a key tool for integration” and “Working effectively with civil society”. These themes have been selected through a survey conducted among European cities on the integration-related challenges they face.

The event will take place in Brussels on 16-18 April 2018. Registration has closed. The Academy is a pilot and if successful will be repeated annually, with different themes: more details will be available on the Partnership website