Mentoring pairs

Pair 4

IncluCities aims at improving the integration of Third-country Nationals

Pair 4



Schaerbeek (BE)
133.000 inhabitants
35 % of the city population foreign nationals or foreign origin*

Schaerbeek and Association of the City and the Municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region (BRULOCALIS)

Mentor Mentor

mentee MENTEE

Jelgava (LV)
56.000 inhabitants
43 % national ethnic minorities Russian, Belarussian, Ukrainian, Polish, Roma, a very small part migrants of foreign origin*

City of Jelgava and Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (LALRG)

mentee mentee



  • Education and training; addressing language limitations in accessing basic services for migrants (Latvian language)
  • Negative public attitude towards migrants/minorities (more work on active participation and inclusion)
  • Strong stereotypes and prejudice between different groups and the Latvian native speaking language community



  • Good access to basic services with VIA-BAPA reception programme, including language or literacy courses, individual social support and sixty-hour citizenship-training course.
  • Incorporating diversity in all policy areas, presenting as  "A hospitable commune, where migrants are citizens like any others”
  • Best practice: CAMIM - Co-creating a better 'Welcome and Integration of Migrants path' with three-life activities set up in co-construction with the newcomers, such as: volunteering, self-confidence training, language learning through an immersion house for the new arrivals.


Improving formal and informal opportunities for language learning for newcomers and established minorities.


Benchmarks & Key factors

By defining benchmarks (such as migrant children’s access to school) and identifying key factors necessary to achieve them (such as enough financial resources), IncluCities helps cities develop an action plan.


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