Newsletter #1

LIME Newsletter
Issue #1 - September 2019

Dear readers,

Welcome to the first e-newsletter of the LIME (Labour Integration for Migrants Employment) Project. We have just started our journey together to foster the employment of migrants, but we still have a lot to do!

With this newsletter we will keep you updated about our actions and the next steps!

Enjoy reading,
The LIME consortium

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the future”

by C. S. Lewis

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The LIME Project is...

LIME project – Labour Integration for Migrants Employment – is a 2-years project which aims at promoting the swift integration of young Third Country Nationals – TCNs – (aged 18-29) in the labour market, by implementing the “Migrants Economic Integration Cluster – MEIC” model all over Europe.

LIME project is funded by the European Union - DG Home Affairs - Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), and it gathers together 7 partners from Italy, France and Spain: CIES Onlus – Centro di Informazione ed Educazione allo Sviluppo (as lead partner), Confcooperative – Unione Metropolitana di Roma (CONFCOOP-ROMA), Federación de Plataformas Sociales Pinardi (PINARDI), Asociación Guarani de Cooperación Paraguay España (GUARANÍ NGO), Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta di Roma (LUMSA), Federazione Centro Nazionale Opere Salesiane Formazione Aggiornamento Professionale (CNOS-FAP) and ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy.

What is MEIC?

The “Migrants Economic Integration Cluster – MEIC” methodology is an innovative and participatory approach based on the creation of a partnership of socio-economic multi-stakeholders, including public and private actors. Through the definition and the implementation of MEIC model, we intend to create a long-term strategy to strengthen the policies and tools for integration of young migrants into the labour market in the territories of action, adapting them to their needs.

Our goals are...

  • Boosting the collaboration among socio-economic key actors (associations of employers, vocational training providers, employment services, local authorities, companies CoCs);
  • Increasing the employment in the labour market of TCNs through business training, workshops for self-entrepreneurship and L2 professional language courses;
  • Adapting the existing labour market integration policies and tools to TCNs’ needs;
  • Promoting local initiatives for the better inclusion of TCNs in the labour market through the implementation of the MEIC methodology in Italy and Spain;
  • Standardizing the “Cluster” methodology to make it replicable in other local contexts.

We will implement 2 Pilot Actions in Italy and Spain which will lead to the following results:

80 Third Country Nationals will sign an employment/apprentice/intern contract after some targeted professional trainings;

20 Third Country Nationals will be involved in business training paths;

2 new companies will be created;

200 Key actors will be involved in the capacity building workshops and will be provided with the MEIC kit;

20 Employers will join the EU initiative “Employers together for integration”;

1 recommendation paper will be produced and the MEIC model will be disseminated at EU level.

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Meeting for the analysis of the Focus Groups and the Italian MEIC Strategic Plan

19th July 2019
On 15 July, the Youth Centre and School of Art Matemù hosted a meeting dedicated to the exposition of the first results of the analysis of the Focus Groups and interviews carried out by the Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta - LUMSA. During the meeting the "Italian MEIC strategic plan" was presented.
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The Italian call for participants in the LIME project has been launched!

9th July 2019
Within the LIME project, the participants can have the opportunity to be included in paid internship/apprenticeship or business start-up courses. The courses started in August 2019 and it will end by July 2020. During the first month of selection, many candidates requested to participate in the LIME project for the Catering sector, the Mechanical sector and Electrical sector, while women mostly applied for the field of self-employment. The selection is not finished yet!
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The second Focus Group of the LIME project

13th May 2019
The second focus group of the Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta - LUMSA took place on May 13th and this time it was dedicated to Work and Training of Migrants in the territory of Rome and Lazio region. The research goes on…
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LIME in action: the first Focus Group

7th May 2019
On May 7th, 2019, the research group of the Free University Maria Santissima Assunta - LUMSA met CIES onlus, CNOS-FAP and Conf Cooperative-Roma for the first focus of the project LIME. The meeting hosted new guests and it resulted in an interested exchange of opinions and thoughts.
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LIME Project Kick-off meeting in Roma

5th March 2019
With the Kick-off meeting in Rome on 21st and 22nd September organized by the project leader CIES onlus, the LIME project (Labour Integration for Migrants Employment) has been launched!
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Get inspired!

The migration phenomenon has a range of positive benefits, both for the countries of origin and destination. But this process of adaptation to the life in a new country, particularly for those who have had difficult journeys, involves both migrants themselves and citizens of the host countries. Get inspired by the OSCE report on "Good Practices in Immigrant Integration: A Trainer's Manual"!

The Refugees Investments Network (RIN), in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), is developing the Refugee Opportunity Index (ROI). The purpose of ROI will be to foster pro-refugee policy reforms with the intent to support the growth of inclusive economies. The Index will support the collaboration of RIN with key public and private stakeholders and it will promote the participation in policy and investor community initiatives that encourage economic freedom for refugees.

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This newsletter has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union thanks to the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of DG Home. The contents of the newsletter are the sole responsibility of the LIME Consortium and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
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