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SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch - No. 7 - 17th February 2016
The Social Progress Watch (SPW) initiative is a tool implemented by members and partners of SOLIDAR to monitor the commitment and progress made by national governments towards a more social and cohesive Europe. Through the SPW, SOLIDAR collects on a yearly basis country reports providing recommendations for upward social convergence as well as case studies presenting innovative and sustainable models to promote social inclusion, the social economy and quality job creation.
LESSONS LEARNT FROM SOLIDAR MEMBERS PROMOTING INTEGRATION AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
CASE STUDIES FROM ITALY, CROATIA AND THE NETHERLANDS


The exceptional refugee and migrant flow to Europe of the last months represents a set of challenges and opportunities which cannot be solved by emergency measures alone, it must be accompanied by comprehensive investment plans to facilitate long-term integration of the newcomers and social cohesion.
 

…but how to do that? How to empower migrants and refugees to truly participate in the life of their communities? How to support their socio-economic integration? How to promote a culture of peace and intercultural coexistence in the hosting communities? The programmes and activities implemented by our committed and competent members in the field of integration deliver concrete and inspiring examples.
 
In 2015
SOLIDAR carried out an extensive consultation to map out our members’ activities and collected case studies presenting examples of SOLIDAR members’ activities. Some of these case studies show the important role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in promoting inclusive growth and social cohesion in Europe, with a focus on migrants’ integration.
             
The other face of the sun in Italy implemented by AUSER
“The other face of the sun” is a multicultural center run by elderly volunteers in Italy who provide language courses for migrants, after-school mentoring programmes and a sewing workshop for migrant women.
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A taste of home in Croatia implemented by the Centre for Peace Studies
A Taste of Home is a culinary-cultural-research project that introduces the culture, customs and societies of origin of refugees in Croatia by recording their memories of home, and smells and tastes of their cuisine. This is an experiment in sharing the life stories and culinary skills of refugees and people from Croatia.
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Participation in the neighbourhood in the Netherlands implemented by Humanitas

Participating in Neighbourhoods aims to empower migrants to fully participate in local society. Volunteers assist them to reach the participation goals they set themselves and to get a better command of the Dutch language.
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The SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch is funded through the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
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