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Mapping social orientation in Lithuania

In Lithuania, the implementation of immigrant and refugee integration policy was and still is based on the project-based activities, related to EU funding. Thus, NGOs are key stakeholders implementing immigrant and refugee integration policies and providing integration measures, including social…

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Mapping social orientation in Estonia

In Estonia, there are no social orientation courses available for persons seeking international protection. There is only one social orientation programme, which is the adaptation programme organised by the state. It is voluntary for foreign nationals who have legally resided…

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Mapping social orientation in Germany

In Germany, social orientation courses are held within the scope of integration courses. The courses are the responsibility of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Integration courses consist of a language course representing 600-1,000 teaching units and an orientation…

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Mapping social orientation in Cyprus

The National Action Plan 2014-2020 for Asylum and Migration (2016) identifies the Priority for Education and Language Learning. However, formal integration processes for TCNs have not been yet institutionalised. There are no formal or mandatory orientation programmes for them upon…

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Mapping social orientation in Latvia

Social orientation activities in Latvia are provided in the framework of societal integration policy according to Guidelines on National Identity, Civil Society and Integration Policy for 2012-2018. The main coordinating institution is the Ministry of Culture. Target groups for societal…

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Mapping social orientation in Romania

Romania has had legislation in the field of integration since 2004, giving responsibilities to various ministries and the local authorities. The legislation is in  process of changing to adapt to the existing situation, new needs and requirements. In Romania, each…

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Mapping social orientation in Austria

In the autumn of 2015, as a result of the refugee flows, the Austrian Parliament decided to establish value and orientation courses for refugees and subsidiary protection status holders and to offer them via the ÖIF (Austrian Integration Fund). The…

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Mapping social orientation in Greece

As from  2015, Greece experienced an unprecedented influx of migrants and refugees. Until March 2016, Greece being a transit country rather than destination country, its main policy investments focused on reception rather than integration measures. The closure of the border…

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Mapping social orientation in Belgium

In the federal state of Belgium, where a number of policy domains are legislated by the regions or communities, integration and civic integration policies are characterised by fragmentation. Policies in (Dutch-speaking) Flanders, (French-speaking) Wallonia and (bilingual) Brussels differ - Flanders and…

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Mapping social orientation in Bulgaria

Apart from providing information to asylum seekers about their rights and obligations within the international protection application procedure, Bulgaria offers no obligatory social orientation courses or modules to non-nationals. Contributions are scattered among various guides rather directed towards integration professionals…

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