18/19/21 May

IncluCities Study Visit Fuenlabrada - Levadia

On 18, 19 and 21 May the IncluCities' third mentoring pair, Fuenlabrada and Levadia met for their first study visit.

The aim of this study visit was to learn more about the situation related to migrant integration practices in the mentee city. With the focus on general integration governance in Levadia they went deeper in their theme: Mobilising citizens to develop tools for decent employment and entrepreneurship for migrants and refugees.

Presentation of needs analysis of Levadia and introduction to integration bodies and policies in the city, was followed by the introduction of the local support network. On the side of the mentor city, Spanish Fuenlabrada showcased their experiences in terms of employment and best practices in the field of migrant social inclusion. 

The population of Fuenlabrada has grown in the past 40 years because of regional, national and international migration. It was crucial for the Fuenlabrada city council to implement policies of social cohesion and equality. MILMA is a collaborative project that helps job seekers to connect with potential employers. It helps to lower the unemployment rate and to improve integration and inclusion of migrants.

In Greek Levadia many things are in place already. Like for example the Emergency Support to Accommodation and Integration programme ESTIA, that has been operating for years. New arrivals feel welcome with help of the Refugee Solidarity Network and active citizens in Levadia. (see the story below)

However, stronger commitment, communication campaigns and better synergies between migrants and the local community should be created.

 

Check the agenda of the 3-day meeting and our coverage on social media @InclucitiesEU.

To strengthen the relationship between the cities and show their commitment, the mayor of Spanish Fuenlabrada and the mayor of Greek Levadia switched languages for this special mentoring pair presentation in the series People behind the IncluCities. Meet Javier Ayala (speaking Greek) and Ioannis D. Tagalegas (speaking Spanish):