CMT Prooptiki, NGO PRAKSIS and the educational organization DIMITRA designed and implement the Project 2.1 / 13 “Inventory, mapping and evaluation of existing public service migration and integration of third country nationals with an emphasis on one-stop shops” which is co-funded 95% by Community Funds and 5% by National Resources.
The Project 2.1 / 13 belongs in
Action 2.1 / 13: “Studies – Research in the fields of immigration and integration of legal residents of third country nationals”
Priority 2: “Development of indicators and evaluation methodologies to assess progress, adjust policies and measures and to facilitate coordination of comparative learning”
The aim of this priority is the development of indicators and evaluation methodologies to assess the completeness, adequacy and effectiveness of integration policies and measures and to highlight both good practices and areas in need of corrective interventions.
Purpose and scope of the project
The national policy of integration of third country nationals (t.c.n.) is a touchstone to consolidate social cohesion and consistency in the spirit of the Lisbon Strategy and simultaneously fully addresses the needs of our country and with its operational objectives fulfill them, as they have emerged and reflected in the Multiannual Programme 2007-2013 of the European Integration Fund of Third Country Nationals in Greece (EIF). In addition it is in line with the Greek Action Plan on Migration Management and Asylum Reform.
Under the Multiannual Programme 2007-2013 of the European Integration Fund of Third Country Nationals, it is important that integration policies take into account findings and research results in order to be more effective and responsive to the needs of third countries
In this context, the general objectives of this action aim at
- Updating the mapping of existing public agencies that provide integration services to third country nationals legally residing across the country,
- Assessing the public structures providing services to third countries,
- Formulating proposals for better functioning
Specific objectives of the project are
- Improved licensing and integration policies which are effective and responsive to third countries citizens’ needs
- Identifying problems and weaknesses in existing structures and services, and
- The strengthening of planning mechanisms and implementing policies and programs for infrastructure that promote the social integration of third country nationals
Expected results – outputs of the project
- Update mapping of existing public agencies that provide integration services to third-country nationals residing legally in the whole country.
- Presentation of the current state of public service migration and integration of third country nationals and evaluation of practices and policies implemented
- Paper that includes the most important findings of the research
- Wide publicity of results and findings of the project and update all relevant staff and agencies
Impact of the project
- Improved valuation of already applied policies and addressing malfunctions
- Improve the quality of services provided to third country nationals
- Wider knowledge of best practices and experiences that facilitate the integration process of third country nationals from European Union Member States
- Raise awareness of the accession process of all citizens
Inventory and mapping of public migration services and integration of third country nationals
Identification and mapping of public services dealing with migration and integration issues of third-country nationals in the Greek society
Recording, mapping and evaluation of the newly created one-stop shops
The program emphasizes on the newly established one-stop shops of the Decentralized Administrations of the country, as established by the L.4018 / 2011 (Government Gazette 215 / SD ‘/ 30.09.2011).
The purpose of the program is to evaluate these newly created one-stop shops for fix any problems, gaps and failures (e.g. physical infrastructure, staff, etc.), identification of deficiencies in the services provided to citizens of third countries (e.g. licensing delay) and proposals for solving problems and possible additional services.
Research and Studies
In the context of implementation of the program the partners have designed a comprehensive methodological research framework that includes both quantitative and qualitative field research.
Quantitative research for recording and mapping of public migration services and integration of third country nationals
Quantitative survey of executives of one-stop shops
Focused group discussion of representatives of civil society, including NGOs, associations and migrant organizations
Personal interviews in third country nationals that have benefited or benefit from one-stop shops
Personal interviews with representatives of central / regional services and local government
Personal interviews in one stop shop executives
Comparative research on:
- a) Similar structures in other EU Member States (e.g. Portugal / Spain), building on further findings for drafting proposals of good practices, and
- b) The authorization procedure for the stay of third country nationals before and after Law L.4018/2011 which established the one-stop shops in the decentralized administrations of the country.
Publicity of the Project and dissemination activities
The results and findings of the project will receive wide publicity among the relevant public institutions, civil society and other interested members. The progress of the project and the results will be posted on the official website of the project, the project’s page on Facebook and Twitter, in print and electronic media and through newsletters. Also the results of the study will be presented at a conference at the end of the project.
The project started on April 14, 2015 and will last until June 30, 2015