Today, on the World Refugee Day 2017, organisations working together on the international research project NIEM – in Bulgaria these are Multi Kulti Collective and Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants, have begun a social media campaign #AllInForIntegration in order to draw public attention to the need for a more efficient and effective integration policy that better addresses the needs of refugees.
Using the hashtag #AllInForIntegration, activists and researchers supporting the campaign have been posting pictures of themselves holding a white card with the #AllInForIntegration slogan on it.
As numerous examples show, integration of refugees in the European Union member states may take place in different ways, bringing more or less lasting effects.
However, in the light of the challenges facing the common European asylum policy and the limited integration-related action in some EU member states, integration would not be possible without the hundreds of non-governmental organisations, public institutions, local communities and private entities involved in grassroots efforts to prevent social marginalisation of refugees.
Therefore today, on the World Refugee Day, civil society organisations and academic centres from 15 European Union member states implementing the NIEM project wish to emphasise even stronger the role of the European community in facilitating the smooth transition of refugees into a new life and in helping them find their own place in the European reality. They state with emphasis: Integration of refugees is a task that we all face – we must all get involved!
The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU member states to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection.
The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism. Monitoring and improving the integration of international protection beneficiaries is co-founded by the National Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.