Early integration managed by the Municipalities starting with language learning, education and labour inclusion.
The City of Tilburg (the Netherlands) pilots a project entitled “Integration+”, which responds to the EU’s integrated service provision and labour market integration thematic priorities. The City aims to centralize information and orientation for migrants allocated to the Region of Hart van Brabant, while in reception (ca. 350 beneficiaries/status holders). The pilot expands the Welkomhuis (welcome house) to a one stop shop. The focus is on comprehensive integration orientation at an early stage (before status holders are accommodated in the Region’s municipalities). Integrated orientation is offered through a network of service providers with relevant expertise, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication or miscommunication. Information is accessible in different native languages represented in the region. A platform for employers to reach out to the target group is also available.
Tilburg’s initiative started in 2019. Compared to the previous program which lasted 1-3 years, the new model starts in 3-6 weeks and enables the participants to choose their integration paths and have tailored activities; indeed, the new focus is on the person, without forgetting a practical approach for labour inclusion. The activities foreseen also include volunteering and enhancement of soft skills.
This new model for the early integration of TCNs is managed by the Municipalities, based on the New Civic Integration Law, which focuses on the active participation of the beneficiaries, early integration measures starting with language learning, education and labour inclusion.
More information about integration for migrants can be found on the municipal website; general information on integration is available on the website of the region. They give an overview of the integration process in the region Hart van Brabant, including the Integration+ project, but also other initiatives, key actors, the Refugee Advisory Board, information about interpreters in the region, etc. The websites are in Dutch.
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