Summary of the 1st Edition of the National Plan on the Integration of Migrants
The “National Plan on the Integration of Migrants” concerns the drafting, monitoring and evaluation of an integrated plan, with suggestions and measures aimed at facilitating the integration of migrants – Third Country Nationals (TCN) in Cypriot society. The National Plan is the result of research and consultation with stakeholders, public services and civil society organizations dealing with migration issues. It is being prepared for the Civil Registry and Migration department, as the competent body of the Department of the Ministry of Interior that monitors and approves the various stages of the preparation of the National Plan.
The National Plan on the Integration of Migrants sets for the first time in a comprehensive framework all the activities that will be implemented in the coming years for the integration of migrants living legally in Cyprus.
The “National Plan on the Integration of Migrants” is prepared in the framework of a project co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Republic of Cyprus. Contractors of the project are the consultants EEO Group, Opinion and Action and the University of Cyprus.
Who we are addressing Direct stakeholders are public bodies and services, local authorities, non-governmental organizations and other bodies and entities dealing with migration, international organizations, as well as the communities of Third-Country Nationals (TCN) themselves, i.e. refugees. Beneficiaries of international protection, migrants with a residence and work permit in Cyprus and asylum seekers. It is also useful for the general public to be aware of the content on the National Plan and gain a better understanding of migration and the importance of integration. The content of the National Plan The National Plan includes in its introductory part, the objectives and the method for its elaboration, references to the theoretical framework, concepts and definitions, as well as references to the European legal framework for migration. Various integration models, good practices and financial tools are briefly analyzed, as well as the current situation in Cyprus: employment status, educational background, level of health, housing, social inclusion, etc. The analysis of the existing framework for integration in Cyprus includes the migration pillars and the work carried out for the management of the migration and refugee issue, along with the identification of the basic priorities and needs. The National Plan on the Integration of Migrants defines a policy framework for Cyprus with indicators of social inclusion and evaluation, expected results and challenges. It presents for the purposes of the public consultation 8 axes of intervention, while recording a series of actions for integration for each of them.
Interventions related to the Recognition and Certification of Migrants’ knowledge, skills and qualifications: The adoption of this measure for the integration of migrants and related target groups is a safe step to ensure their access to the labor market
Interventions related to the Training of Migrants: This axis of intervention will concern the training of migrants in terms of social, intercultural and digital skills. This ensures that they can participate as equal and active members in the labor market.
Awareness-raising Interventions for Migrants, Host Societies and those involved in the Integration Process: This axis includes actions to address the interaction of host societies, migrants, employers / businesses and civil servants working in services daily contact with them.
Interventions that Facilitate the Accessibility of Migrants to the Welfare State: In this axis, actions are proposed that should strengthen the integration of migrants in the host country, through the immediate improvement of their access to health, education and the labor market.
Protecting the human rights of vulnerable groups with migration and refugee biographies: Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, individual and social freedoms must be able to be ensured through the adoption of inclusive policies. In this context, actions will be taken regarding:WomenChildrenPeople from the LGBTIQ community
Integration Support Interventions through Ongoing Counseling: The mental and physical trauma suffered by many of the migrants who have “escaped” from war zones, as well as the arduous process of entering and integrating into a different society with a different culture, require support from part of the state. In this context, the adjustment period should be able to burden migrants as little as possible, effectively contributing to a sense of security.
Development of Support Tools for Integration: The aim of the toolkit is to simultaneously meet requirements arising from European Union policies, as they meet the Guidelines and the expectations of our partners from the country.
Establishment of a Management Mechanism: This axis will include the management mechanism of the Initiative. As more Bodies are involved in the system, due to the dispersion of responsibilities, it is proposed to set up a coordination mechanism, which will include representatives from all partners and will be institutionally supervised by the competent Ministry. In this sense, this mechanism will help monitor the whole process and optimize the coordination of all stakeholders in the management of the migration issue. This axis acts as an “umbrella” of all actions as it undertakes the successful monitoring of the project.