| On the 18 and 19 of February 2014 the Center for the Study of Democracy organised a workshop as part of the ASSESS project aiming at monitoring the integration of vulnerable migrant groups in ten EU Member States. The main aim of the workshop was to discuss the methodology for the review of national monitoring mechanisms for the integration of migrants as well as to discuss and approve the concept of the ASSESS website. The participants in the workshop were Dr. Mila Mancheva, Kamelia Dimitrova, Svetla Encheva and Yva Alexandrova from CSD, Bulgaria, Christine Cassar and Jean Pierre Gauci from People for Change Foundation, Malta, Anna Italia and Luigi Bellesi from CENSIS – Italy, Lilla Jacobs and Dr. Vera Messig from CPS-CEU, Hungary, Dr. Dia Anagnostou and Anna Kandyla from ELIAMEP, Greece, Tímea Stránská and Romana Medvedova from People in Need, Slovakia, Dr. Ammer Margit from BIM, Austria, Reyes Castillo and Teresa De Gasperis from ACCEM, Spain, Myroslava Keryk from Lazarski University, Poland, as well as Zeynep Balci and Joris Michelsen from CeMIS, Belgium. Three advisory board members to the project also participated in the workshop. These were Prof. Heaven Crawley, Catherine Lynch and Ruth Rosenberg.|
The workshop commenced with Dr. Mila Mancheva, who provided an overview of the project’s main objectives, phases and deliverables as well as partners’ responsibilities. It continued with a presentation on the draft concept of the ASSESS web site given by Christin Cassar from People for Change Foundation. Ms. Cassar pointed out that the main objectives of the web site are raising awareness, creating debate and sharing results in the field of monitoring the integration of vulnerable migrant groups.
Jean-Pierre Gauci from People for Change Foundation proceeded with a detailed presentation dealing with two main topics: indicators for measuring migrant integration at EU level and the methodology for review of national monitoring mechanisms for the integration of migrants. The main issues that were raised in the discussion that followed were the heterogeneity within vulnerable migrant groups, the complexity of the concept of vulnerability as well as the different realities at national level in terms of policies, openness of national authorities and data collection mechanisms.
Addressing the need of consistency and comparability of data collection in the ten participating countries few important issues were raised. Prof. Heaven Crawley, Ms. Ruth Rosenberg and Dr. Dia Anagnostou commented on the need to provide clear definitions on the main concepts of the research as well as on its main target groups: “integration”; “monitoring”; “vulnerability”; “child”; “victim of trafficking”. A number of participants stressed the importance of approaching the target groups of the research as heterogeneous rather than homogeneous in terms of their vulnerabilities. In this regard stress was made on the need to pay attention to various subgroups such as documented and undocumented migrants, children in families and unaccompanied children, ect. Debating on the importance of tracing the specific vulnerabiliries of each of the target groups of the research and following the proposition of Ms. Vera Messing from Center for Policy Studies at CEU participants agreed to introduce a segment on migrant vulnerability at national level in the forthcoming research.
The workshop continued with a fruitful discussion on data collection methods and sources. Dr. Anagnostou emphasized the need for a definition of monitoring and further elaboration on who collects data. Similarly, Ruth Rosenberg – an advisory board member – focused on the need for a clear definition of third country nationals, including in the national context of each of the ten EU Member States participating in this research. Prof. Crawley joined the debate by commenting on the importance of making a clear distinction between regional and national data. The participants agreed that after establishing the general framework of the data collection system in each country, the more specific questions that are related to data useful for the purposes of monitoring can be systematically analyzed.
The workshop concluded with agreement on a number of elaborations in the presented research methodology an announced the launch of the national data collection phase of their collaborative work.
the European Union.
* This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the CSD, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.