In 2018-2020, EPIM launched the first strategy of the EPIM Thematic Fund on ‘Building Inclusive European Societies’. The strategy aimed to support civil society in promoting ‘whole-of-society’ approaches to migrant inclusion in policies, funding and practices in order to enhance social cohesion and well-being among migrants and the members of the societies which they are part of. To promote such approaches, a total of 31 grants were made to 19 civil society organisations (CSOs).
With its 2021-2024 strategy, EPIM aims to build upon the learnings from the first strategy and continue strengthening whole-of-society approaches to migrant inclusion in policies, funding, practices and discourses.
It aims to do so by:
1. Enhancing the meaningful political and social participation and representation of people with lived migration experience, through direct funding and capacity support;
2. Supporting civil society advocacy and campaigning to ensure fair working and decent living conditions and advance the inclusion agenda in policy areas that are not systematically approached with a migrant inclusion lens but affect or offer the potential for enhanced impact on migrant inclusion; and
3. Supporting civil society organisations, including those who directly represent people with lived migration experience, to enhance the inclusiveness and effectiveness of EU funding and its impact on inclusion.
The strategy was informed by exchanges with over 40 stakeholders, including a Consultative Group of 5 civil society representatives with expertise on the topics addressed.
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