SHARE Look & Learn visit


Refugee Integration

Diaspora and citizen engagement ‘look & learn’ knowledge exchange & visits

18 - 20 of September 2019, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany


Click here to read the backgrounder and programme. 

As a part of the SHARE Integration project, Migrafrica and ICMC Europe, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Cologne and Caritas (under ‘Aktion Neue Nachbarn’), will be organising a Refugee Integration ‘Look & Learn’ Exchange Visit to take place between 18-20 of Sept 2019 in the region of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany. The aim of these visits is to increase the overall understanding of how refugee integration programme are implemented in its different aspects, highlighting best practices at local level by relevant actors in Cologne and small municipalities in the region. The visit targets regional, municipal and civil society participants from countries that have differing levels of experience in receiving and integrating refugees.

The topics that will be covered by the programme are:

  • The work of Diaspora organisations (Migrafrica and other partners) on the integration of refugees, particularly labour market and entrepreneurship;
  • Present how ‘non-bureaucratic’ grant funding schemes can build capacity and support welcome activities of grass-roots volunteering initiatives in small local communities and parishes; and
  • Showcase local reception and integration programmes on the ground, including for the new pilot private sponsorship programme “New start in a team” (German: Neustart im Team, NesT).

To express interest in attending, please fill out this form. Spots are limited (10-12) and we will give preference to those who suggest coming with a regional or local authority partner. 

For more information on the visit, as well as the SHARE Network, please contact Programme Manager Magdalena Boehm: