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Immigration Policy 2.0 Workshop

by Vikoria Spaiser, Susanne Bernsmann, Stiftung Digitale Chancen
Published on: 16.02.11

The Workshop organised by the European Forum for Migration Studies (efms), bringing together different experts (researchers and practitioners ) on migration and social software, aimed at introducing the Immigration Policy 2.0 Project. This three years project is conducted by a consortium of six organisations: ATOS ORIGIN, Singular Logic, University of Piraeus, BOC Austria, efms, Estonian Migration Foundation, Municipality of Forli - financed by the European Commission (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program - CIP). The Immigration Policy 2.0 Project will provide an Internet platform from February 2012 on in order to pilot a range of citizen-centric services, which facilitate the participation of legal immigrants in the migration policy development process, while at the same time boosting the harmonisation of migration policies and actions across EU countries. That is, the project targets both legal immigrants (individuals and migrant organisations, as well as civil society organisations working on migration topics) and decision makers (public administrators, politicians), who are encouraged to collaborate towards a harmonised EU migration policy. The project involves four countries: Estonia, Germany, Greece and Italy.

During the Workshop several presentations were given on different aspects of the issue immigration in Europe and the project Immigration Policy 2.0. Results were provided from an unrepresentative survey among decision makers and legal immigrants in the four countries on their situation and requirements. These results serve as an input for the platform development and make sure that the expressed requirements of decision makers and immigrants are met by the platform. Furthermore, the specific challenges with migration in the four projects countries were presented. A major part of the workshop was discussion, where the different issues were reviewed critically e.g. whether a harmonisation of policy is feasible or even desirable as the four countries face different challenges and have different requirements. The discussions were also used to offer input e.g. concrete improvement suggestions and critical feedback to the project coordinators.

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