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Enhancing the Integration of Women, Beneficiaries of International Protection by Development and Implementation of Multifaceted Integration Trainings (INTEGRA-TRAIN)

In the context of increasing refugee inflows in the European continent it becomes highly relevant to implement practical actions responding to existing gaps in migrant/refugee integration across the EU member states. This project aims to strengthen the integration of women beneficiaries of international protection via the development and implementation of integration training. This aim will be achieved by way of transferring knowledge and experience from member states with longer experience in refugee integration (Spain and Italy) to countries with weaker and less developed integration structures (Bulgaria, Greece and Malta) which are entry points for newcomer refugees and migrants. In view of the unforeseen high numbers of incoming migrants and asylum seekers in Europe the conduct of context-specific orientation courses to facilitate familiarization with the new social, legal, political and cultural environment of member states becomes crucial for fostering the overall integration process that takes course in the longer run.

The project has the following main objectives:

  • To foster the integration of refugee women by designing and conducting integration trainings.
  • To exchange knowledge and experience at cross national level in the sphere of integration training for refugee women.
  • To build the capacity of national NGO and GO stakeholders to offer integration courses to migrant women.
  • To increase the preparedness and familiarity of refugee women with the civic, legal, social and cultural realities of their host milieus, as facilitation tool of the longer-term process of integration.

As a result, the project will engage in the following activities:

  • Map the training needs of beneficiaries of international protection and the existing mechanisms for training provision in five EU Member States.
  • Select existing training modules and manuals from Italy and Spain to serve as example and basis for the development of equivalent material in Bulgaria, Greece and Malta. These materials will provide guidance on what topics/information/contents to include in the trainings as well as guidance on how to conduct the trainings and how to work with specific target groups.
  • Conduct two study visits to refugee institutions in Italy and Spain.
  • Develop and translate modules and information materials.
  • Conduct an international as well as national ‘train the trainer’ seminars.
  • Conduct regular trainings.

Project partners:

  • Center for the Study of Democracy (project coordinator, Bulgaria)
  • ELIAMEP (Greece)
  • Melissa: Network of Migrant Women (Greece)
  • The People for Change Foundation (Malta)
  • Comissió Catalana d’Ajuda al Refugiat (Spain)
  • Fondazione Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali (Italy)
  • Cooperation for Voluntary Service (Bulgaria)


The duration of the project is 24 months (January 2017 – December 2018).


The project is funded by the European Commission, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs.


For further information, please contact Rosa Vasilaki


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