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Communities of Practice

Designing strategies for local integration of migrants

EPIC-UP is an initiative, supported by the EU, which aims to improve migrants’ integration and inclusion at local level by designing an enhanced model of multi-actor collaboration. To achieve this, we are establishing six Communities of Practice (CoPs) in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain.

What are the CoPs?

The EPIC-UP Communities of Practice (CoPs) are multi-actor collaborative environments, bringing together public authorities, Civil Society Organisations, migrants’ associations, NGOs, researchers, and other relevant stakeholders. Together, we work to improve their capacity to design, implement, and disseminate effective integration practices at the local level.

EPIC-UP will extract lessons from existing practices and policies, to analyse them through the perspectives of different actors within the CoPs. This will allow us to identify main needs and priorities for integration strategies in each territory, foster knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning, and ultimately, co-design and pilot new integration strategies that can better respond to the needs of those on the ground.

What are the CoPs
Who can be part of the CoPs?

Who can be part of the CoPs?

Six CoPs will be set up in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain. We invite individuals and organisations working on migrants’ integration and inclusion to participate:

  • Migrants and migrants-led organisation: individuals who have migrated to the EU and their descendants and groups led by migrants, advocating for their rights and providing support services for successful integration into European societies.
  • Public authorities: policymakers and civil servants at local, regional and national levels.
  • Civil society: non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, ethnic and cultural associations, trade unions, humanitarian organisations and volunteer groups.
  • Science/Research: scientific, academic, and research communities working in migration studies, spatial planning, social inclusion, political science, sociology or similar.
  • Education: formal, non-formal and informal education institutions including VET centres.
  • Media and communication platforms: entities including traditional media outlets, online platforms, and communication channels actively engaged in disseminating information, fostering dialogue, and promoting inclusive narratives about migrant experiences and integration challenges within the EU.

Where are the CoPs?

EPIC-UP is establishing six Communities of Practice (CoPs) in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain.

EPIC-UP CoP Map

Why join the CoPs?

Raise your voice

By joining the EPIC-UP Community of Practices, you have the opportunity to amplify your voice and advocate for the rights of migrants, express your concerns and share your ideas.

Meet others

Engage directly with others you do not often meet with, share your experiences, and influence the design of integration policies that truly reflect the realities on the ground. This collaboration allows for meaningful exchanges, fostering a supportive environment where you can build lasting relationships and partnerships.

Acquire new skills and knowledge

Participate in training programmes, workshops, events and peer-to-peer learning sessions. Enhance your skills and knowledge in the field of migrant integration, gaining insights from best practices and innovative approaches from across Europe.

Shape the future

Be part of a proactive community that co-designs and pilots new integration strategies. Your involvement will help create sustainable, effective solutions tailored to the needs of local communities, ensuring that integration practices are not only user-centred but also future-proof.

How join the CoP?

If you are an individual or representative of an organisation working on migrants’ integration in one of the six countries where CoPs are established – Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain…

The CoPs welcome members of the above-mentioned sectors throughout the project duration (May 2024 – April 2027).

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