The collection of best practices related to policymaking in the integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers is based on the research undergone by the SIRIUS project partners for Work Package 3. The examples do not provide an exhaustive list, and the list remains open for all stakeholders to provide more content by using this form.
The aim is to ensure that this remains a living community in which stakeholders can make each other aware of innovative policymaking solutions that can be adapted to various contexts to ensure a successful integration of newcomers on European labour markets. Keenly aware of the contextual differences, the SIRIUS project partners urge stakeholders to always consider the specificity of their situation before resorting to implementing any of the tried and tested practices from below.
1. Centers for Support of the Integration of Foreigners
These centers have been operating since 2009, being administered by regional administrations, NGOs or the Refugee Facilities Administration and financed by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
They are established in various regions of the Czech Republic providing a set of services for the newcomers, and operating in a similar fashion to one-stop shops. Legal and social counselling, language courses and socio-cultural courses are offered all across the Czech Republic, providing an invaluable service.
The importance of centres dedicated to newcomers cannot be stressed, considering the variety of needs that they have when first entering a new country. Funding such bodies, without relying solely on temporary EU funding, becomes imperative and the Czech Republic, though starting only after 2000 with large-scale integration policies, is advancing in building up some basic services needed by the newcomers upon arrival.