A space for the exchange of co-development practices promoting migrants as citizens and actors of      development here and there.

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Fight against injustice towards migrant workers in the EU...

kanum1To vote for laws and directives does not imply necessarily their systematic application. This situation is to be found within the EU about certain agreements signed between Member states. To call back the principle of the "mutual recognition of the professional qualifications", the European Commission intervened on February and March 2012 on discriminations towards qualified workers of other Member states settled in Greece, Italy or Spain. In Spain and Italy, these discriminations are observed respectively in the public sector and in the higher education. The Commission sent "reasoned opinion" to these countries which have two months for bringing their legislation into line with EU law.      

… for better recognizing social rights of migrants

Apart from professional discriminations, the European Commission carried out a public consultation in order to improve mutual recognition and verification of the authenticity of prescriptions from other Member States. In parallel, the project called "Social Security Coordination: Activating Local Actors" (SSCLA) has emerged in order to directly link practitioners in the field, policy makers and citizens. This aims at a better implementation of the "EU social security Coordination" on social security rights of cross-border workers.

On March 30, the European Commission stated on this type of cooperation between Member states, expressing its will to strengthen and improve it. It also reflected on measures of "new agreements on social security coherence and coordination with third countries" (e.g. on the principles of equality, exportability of pensions, administrative cooperation).  

For further information on the issue of "Mutual recognition of professional qualifications", click here

For more information about the "EU social security Coordination ", click here


Cities also are in favor of the integration of migrants

logo_integrating_citiesPoliticians of 13 of the largest cities of Europe get involved into the debate on integration of migrants at the occasion of the Integrating Cities Amsterdam 2012 conference on the theme 'Making Integration Work in Europe's Cities', March 2012. To this end, they launched the “Amsterdam Declaration” based on the common principle I for Integration: “Integration is a dynamic two-way, of mutual accommodation by all immigrants and residents of Member States”. The declaration also highlighted  the "strong commitment of the host society: the importance of public attitudes."

This statement aims at encouraging governments of all Member states, regions and cities to implement an developed policy of coordination and support for migrant integration. Politicians from 12 cities (Barcelone, Berlin, Copenhague, Helsinki, Madrid, Milan, Nantes, Rennes, Riga, Rotterdam, Tampere and Toulouse) and Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan endorsed the declaration.

For more information, please visit the Integrating Cities website