Symbiosis – School of Political Studies in Greece, affiliated to the Council of Europe Network, implements in Greece the project EMVI: Empowering Migrant Voices on Integration and Inclusion policies. The project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, and the implementation began in 2022.
The project aims at enabling and empowering the participation of migrants in the design and implementation of policies that directly affect them and to bring their issues to local, national and EU decision makers. In this scenario, the EMVI project directly contributes to the implementation of European integration priorities, by promoting the sensitisation of the host societies on the importance of inclusion and political participation of all groups. The project will be implemented in 5 countries: Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy and Slovenia.
Promoting an inclusive democratic society is in line with the European Union principles and standards, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Pillar of Social Rights, which emphasises that “The European way of life is an inclusive one”. Political participation of migrants and their descendants is key to the being of today’s societies, democracies, and the stability of economies. As in European societies migration often leads to discrimination, while the promise of integration is still far away, EMVI aims to sensitise the host societies on the importance of inclusion and political participation of all communities in the project partner countries.
Actions include the development of several practical tools and a number of activities, tested and piloted in each country.