Thematic Fund on building inclusive European societies

The way migrant inclusion is experienced and addressed today will contribute to shape the Europe of tomorrow. While numerous grassroots initiatives have emerged all across Europe demonstrating how inclusive approaches can work in practice and benefit the society as a whole, one-way approaches whereby migrants are expected to integrate themselves into an existing society remain the most common responses.

This Thematic Fund aims to support civil society organisations to promote whole-of-society approaches to migrant inclusion in policies, funding and practices, to enhance social cohesion among migrants and other members of the societies they are part of.

With a multi-level and bottom-up approach, EPIM currently supports the following interventions under this Thematic Fund:

  • Accelerating whole-of-society solutions that foster migrant inclusion and social cohesion

EPIM has partnered with Impact Hub to identify civil society organisations that have developed socially innovative initiatives that foster migrant inclusion and social cohesion which demonstrate an interest in adapting their solution and/or transferring their knowledge to stakeholders based in selected countries. Through its support, EPIM hopes to increase CSOs’ as well as other stakeholders’ capacity to learn from, scale, transfer, adapt and measure the social impact of promising bottom-up and whole-of-society solutions, to eventually inform European inclusion policies, funding and practices.

  • Supporting civil society in advising long-term EU funding for migrant inclusion and social cohesion

EPIM supports the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) with a two-year project grant on “Deploying Good Practice: influencing EU funding for inclusion” . In the context of the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework negotiations, the project aims to support civil society strategic coordination and alliance building across Europe and across sectors to advise the long-term financial programming, governance and practical implementation of EU funding for migrant inclusion.

  • Increasing the evidence base for effective interventions in the field of migrant inclusion and social cohesion

EPIM will support research towards the development of “soft”/qualitative indicators/criteria to support future civil society, government and funders’ interventions.