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Managing Migration and Diversity through Local Government Capacity Building
Date du début: 1 sept. 2016, Date de fin: 31 août 2018 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

In contemporary globalization, migrations to Europe have accelerated in speed and scale. Between 2010 and 2013, around 1.4 million non-EU nationals, excluding asylum seekers and refugees, immigrated into the EU each year using regular means. Europe is experiencing one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history. More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, compared with just 280,000 the year before. The migration brings diversity. Both are key factors in one of the most fundamental transformations of society ever. The EC formulated recommendations regarding managing diversity and migration and some of them emphases the role of local governance in this process. Beside this the Capacity building of Local Governments is one of the recommendations for actual problems overcoming. There is no doubt that migration and especially refugee flows reach Europe totally unprepared. Those who are expected to be the first contact points al local level for managing migrations and diversity cope with unusual and unknown problems. The MAMIDI project aims to build capacity of LG in order to be better prepared for the changes coming from present challenges of EU. The capacity will be enhanced by two main tools:• Preparation and pilot run of the training for local government.• Roadmap for managing migration and diversity for local goverment.The multi-disciplinary design of the course would enable to train local goverment to be all round experts that are able to analyse and assess migration and diversity from multiple angles and work on these issues in diverse settings. This design will also manifest in the structure of the various disciplines and will provide a unique combination of expertise within a single course. The sociology track focuses specifically on the analysis of migration and integration processes and the societal implications of these processes. The public policy track focuses specifically on public policymaking and the broader political implications of migration and diversity.The multidisciplinary character of project requires also transnational teams which will be able to bring expertise and different experiences and approaches to problem solving. In MAMIDI project transnational partnership can benefit from real experience as 3 partners – Hungary, Greece and Turkey already have the first hand direct experience from migration and diversity. That is why the training course preparation and pilot runs, Roadmap elaboration and practical training of trainers which will undergo in these countries will assure highly appropriate content of the course and Roadmap which will influence and direct local government everyday work and high level of preparedness for the future.The direct target groups of the MAMIDI project are created by local government (LG) representatives and employees, especially all of them who are expected to come to direct contact with migrants and/or have influence on managing migrants and diversity at the local level of governance (e.g. the municipality staff, the staff of budgetary and contributory organizations that are created by municipalities, client centres staff, staff of district offices, trade business departments, land registry department, land and forest department, the environment department, departments for construction, housing and education, the labour office, office of social affairs and family, tax offices, customs offices, offices of the public health, staff of organizations established by municipalities and higher territorial units as educational and health facilities). As project is focused on LG capacity building in the area of migration and diversity management, the direct impact on these immediate target groups will be significant. The MAMIDI project partnership consists of 5 partners (NGO, University, SME, training and consultancy institutions) from four countries (Greece, Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey). The duration of the project is 24 months.



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