The INTEGR8 project has two target groups:
- Migrant integration professionals and educators who work in migrant centres and support agencies, specifically those with targeted programmes for women.
- Migrant women and communities.
The project aims to:
- Research the training needs of migrant women in each partner country
- Develop training programmes to address the needs of migrant women, and also to train adult educators to support migrant women in their new role as community liaisons;
- Support migrant women who complete the training to establish local networks of migrant women;
- Host local events to raise awareness of the project
INTEGR8 is based on the belief that integration will not be achieved by doing to migrant communities, or doing for migrant communities, but rather only by doing with migrant communities. Therefore migrant women will play a significant role in the development of all project products and actions.
Project partners will ensure that migrant women and the professionals who support them will be consistently involved in decision-making throughout the project life-cycle, through their involvement in local working groups.
These groups will have an active role in the project and will be responsible for the following activities throughout the project:
- Supporting the research activities
- Testing and evaluating the suitability of training programmes and materials
- Testing the use and suitability of the project’s online platform
- Acting as a source of constant and consistent feedback for all development activities of the project.
- Championing the project by promoting it with others in their communities or with other agencies working in this field.
A key desired outcome of this project is a change in attitude and understanding within both the migrant community and the organisations that support them. By training migrant women to be leaders of integration locally and by supporting them to establish local women’s networks, we hope to make the case that, if appropriately trained and supported, migrant women are best placed to support the integration of other migrant women.
We will reflect on this approach and will make recommendations for future work in this field which will be presented in the policy paper to be written and published by the end of the project.