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‘More Europe’ needed to improve migrant integration
Radical proposals to improve the integration of migrants in Europe emerged at the ‘Europe’s Untapped Potential’ policy round table held by the MAX project[1] on 25 May 2021. Among the salient needs are a better system of collaboration between the EU and national governments, immediate language teaching for new arrivals, and a common system for the recognition of skills and qualifications. The COVID pandemic shows us that the EU’s migration policy needs rethinking from a more European point of view. The online round table, chaired by UNITEE President Adem Kumcu, was organised to discuss the …
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The day has come: MAX Diversity Film Festival (MAXDFF) is officially launched!
Check out all the information on our brand new page ! Migration is not a recent phenomenon. Humans have been on the move since the very beginning of our history. Nonetheless, it continues to be a very complex topic, shaped by a large number of personal decisions taken by the migrant but also many externalities such as political conflicts, persecution, wars, economic downturn or natural disasters. It is also a very sensitive topic, often used in an inaccurate or even populist way, as propaganda by the media or some political parties.  In the MAX project, we believe that migration can offe…
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SAVE THE DATE: The MAX Diversity Film Festival is coming!
The platform to participate at the MAX Diversity film festival (DFF) will be launched on May 28!   The debate on migration often occupies the front pages of newspapers and is the subject of intense political debates, where the whole truth behind this phenomenon is often not reflected and, above all, where not enough space and voice are given to the very different stories and realities behind it. The online MAX Diversity film festival (MAXDFF) is an event created by the MAX project and coordinated by the partner AEIDL,  whose aim is to change the narrative around migration by training,…
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DAY 2 of the Italian Diversity Dialogue Fora
We are witnessing important changes in our society: The covid-19 outbreak has demonstrated that the foundation of our way of life was built on clay and that there is the need to accelerate the process toward a more sustainable and inclusive society. These transitions will inevitably reflect on the job market and the Italian Diversity Dialogue Fora could be an opportunity to reflect on how these changes could affect immigrant workers, especially the ones with weak permission of stay and low skills and to showcase some ideas and proposals to reduce the risk of exchanging personal rights for a…
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Next Italian DDF: HOW TO CHANGE - Migrant work between emergency, changes and rights
Following the last two Diversity Dialogue Fora in Greece and Estonia, the next MAX DDF will take place again in Italy. “HOW TO CHANGE – Migrant work between emergency, changes and rights”, organised by Legacoopsociali takes place online on 20 and 21 May 2021, from 10.00 to 1.00 pm CET. The online event will discuss the working scenarios for immigrants in the light of what is happening and will happen (COVID and post COVID, Next Generation EU, etc.). There will be English, Italian, Spanish interpretation available. REGISTER HERE We are witnessing important changes in our society: The c…
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Next MAX Facebook Live: Migrant Families during the Pandemic
International Day of Families is an annual observance celebrated on May 15. It is organized by the United Nations and aims to raise awareness about the economic, social, and demographic issues that affect families all around the world, and to highlight how important families are in the fabric of international communities and the foundation of society. On 17 May 2021 at 14h CET, MAX project is hosting the next Facebook Live of Stories from MAX People on Migrant Families during the Pandemic On the occasion of the International Day of Families, the MAX project wants to focus on the impact o…
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Policy Roundtable: Europe’s Untapped Potential
It should be remembered that migration was a founding principle in the creation of the EEC in 1957. Yet there are still systemic issues on entry, resettlement and return, and inclusion and recognition policy. On 25 May 2021, the MAX project will be hosting a policy roundtable “Europe’s Untapped Potential", organised by UNITEE, to discuss the research outcomes and policy recommendations with regards to migrants' contribution to society, culture and economy carried out by Idea International AISBL comprising Professor Umberto Triulzi, Professor Charlie Dannreuther, and Ola Nord in the framewor…
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Discovering Solution Journalism: MAX Facebook Live April 2021
In the session of last Friday 23rd of April, The Local offered a glimpse of the training curriculum on Solution Journalism and Migration Reporting they developed, the online (due to the COVID19 restrictions) training sessions with over 100 participants from 20 countries carried out (mainly professionals and students’ journalist), and the key results achieved during the last 2 years of the MAX project.   When starting their training sessions, Catherine Edwards, Jessica Phelan and the rest of The Local team asked participants how they thought migration reporting looks like at the moment. What…
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Discovering Solutions Journalism: the next MAX Facebook Live
On Friday, 23 April 2021, at 2.00 PM CEST, MAX will have the next Facebook Live of the Stories from MAX People series. This new Facebook Live titled "Discovering Solutions Journalism" will allow participants to learn about solutions journalism and its role in the MAX project. The speakers of the event are Catherine Edwards and Jessica Phelan from The Local; a European news organization that developed a curriculum for solutions-focused migration reporting and used it to deliver training and workshops to journalists working across the EU. Catherine and Jessica will share with us their knowled…
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The April DDFs are here!
The next Diversity Dialogue Fora (DDFs) are here! In April, two of our partners, KMOP from Greece and JMK from Estonia, will organise their local DDFs online.   On 8 April 2021 from 2.00 to 5.00 pm EET, KMOP will host the Greek DDF “Actions for the integration of migrants in the local community: exchange of stories & experience” in Greek and English. REGISTER HERE At the centre of the discussion will be topics such as how can common stereotypes about migrants today can be overcome, which is the positive impact of migrants in the local community, how can culture contribute to the so…
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Join our next Stories from MAX people: Migrant Women
8 March 2021 was International Women’s Day #IWD; a day to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about gender equality and women’s rights, and challenge inequality and injustice. This year’s theme for the International Day, "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world", celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time to make 2021 count for women and girls everywhere. This month, the MAX project celebrates International Women's Day and Women's History…
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Join the next “Stories from MAX people” on Migrant Entrepreneurship
“Stories from MAX people”, the MAX Facebook Live series, is coming on the 25th of February 2021 at 2.30 PM. This new chapter of the series is entitled “Migrant entrepreneurship: How can migrant entrepreneurship support integration and changing the narrative?” This Facebook Live will be moderated by Adem Kumcu, President of UNITEE, and will see the participation of MAX partners’ SweTurk (Sweden) with Kenan Kasimoglu and BUV (Germany) with Tolga Kargili. The event will discuss the important role that migrant entrepreneurship plays in Europe, and, in particular, the contribution, it gives to m…
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Italian DDF: Education and integration: creating a more inclusive society in Italy
The first Italian DDF, organised by Consorzio Communitas, "Education and integration: creating a more inclusive society in Italy" will take place online on 22 February 2021, from 10 to 12 am CET. Italian and English interpretation will be available to allow both Italian and international audiences to attend the event!   REGISTER HERE Diverse ways of thinking can inspire creativity, drive innovation and bring new insights to address things from a different, perhaps more efficient, perspective. In Italy, more than 3.6 million Third Country Nationals are residents in the country, repre…
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SAVE THE DATE for the French online Diversity Dialogue Forum!
How to maximise the potential of a diverse society? Challenges and opportunities in France   We are happy to announce that the French DDF will take place online in March this year! Organised by the Federation of Franco-Turkish Entrepreneurs (FEDIF) the event will be hosted in French, English, and Turkish and will be composed of two different online events: 3 March 2021 at 2 pm CET: “Migrants contribution to the French labour market”. A panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities of migrant’s integration into the French labour market, the experiences of several…
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STORIES FROM MAX PEOPLE: resilient and inclusive education in times of COVID-19
MAX partners Johannes Mihkelsoni Center and Legacoopsociali, accompanied by their member Cooperativa Sociale Agorà, explained how they have readjusted their education programs in the middle of the pandemic. The rapid development of language skills is always the first obstacle to be faced in order to achieve real social inclusion. The restrictions associated with the health crisis make its acquisition even more challenging. On January 26th the MAX project kicked-off a new round of Stories from MAX people Facebook live chats. And it did around a theme that is critical to building full…
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“Stories from MAX people!”: the MAX Facebook Lives become a series
In 2020, the MAX project organised a couple of Facebook lives for the audience to be able to get to know the partners, their activities and overall the objectives of the MAX project.   Following the great reception of the previous MAX Facebook lives, the consortium has decided to go one step forward and host a whole 'Stories from MAX people' series with regular thematic encounters which will offer the audience to get to know better the large MAX consortium and heard some insights from grassroots organisations working for the integration of migrants and refugees around Europe. These Faceb…
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International Migrants Day 2020: Join MAX live event
On 18 December 2020, MAX project is celebrating the International Migrants Day; an occasion that tends to dismantle prejudices and raise awareness of migrants’ contributions in the economic, cultural, and social fields, for the benefit of both their country of origin and their country of destination.  The 18th of December has been proclaimed as the International Migrants Day by the United Nations General Assembly on 4 December 2000. Every year, The International Migrants Day is celebrated globally by the United Nations and other UN-related International Organisations, and examines a wide ran…
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Introducing 'Changing the narrative': A new series and approach to migration reporting
This article is written by Catherine Edwards and retrieved from The Local. Throughout 2020, The Local has offered training on a solutions-focused approach to migration reporting for over 100 journalists. Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing some of their articles. The goal was to make diverse migration experiences more visible and to tackle polarised narratives through articles investigating potential solutions to problems faced by migrant communities. The Local was set up in 2004 as a publication by immigrants, for immigrants, and we know that there is no one migran…
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Join the SPANISH online Diversity Dialogue Fora
Contribution to the diversity of migrants in rural areas   To register please contact: bcerdanfortea@dpteruel.es   Diverse ways of thinking can inspire creativity, drive innovation, and bring new insights to address things from a different, perhaps more efficient, perspective. MAX partners believe that migration makes places more diverse. It certainly can create new challenges but also important opportunities. To make such opportunities a reality, diversity needs to be properly addressed and managed at the local level, encouraged not only by community-led initiates but actively su…
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Join the Belgian online Diversity Dialogue Forum!
How to maximise the potential of a diverse society? Challenges and opportunities in Belgium    Register HERE !   Diverse ways of thinking can inspire creativity, drive innovation, and bring new insights to address things from a different, perhaps more efficient, perspective. Max partners believe that migration makes places more diverse. It certainly can create new challenges but also important opportunities. To make such opportunities a reality, diversity needs to be properly addressed and managed at the local level, encouraged not only by community-led initiates but actively supp…
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Learn more about the European Commission’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum
On 23 September 2020, the European Commission introduced a new plan for the management of migration and asylum in Europe, the so-called New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The New Pact on Migration and Asylum acknowledges that internal and external aspects of migration are interdependent and aims for a more effective, sustainable, and more humane migration and asylum system. A key aspect defined in the New Pact of Migration and Asylum is Safer entering of migrants and refugees into the EU. By this, the Commission wants to manage migration more “up-stream” and to support refugees and migran…
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The MAX Diversity Dialogue Fora (DDF) are coming!
Adjusting our activities to the current global situation   Diverse ways of thinking can inspire creativity, drive innovation and bring new insights to address things from a different, perhaps more efficient, perspective. Max partners believe that migration makes places more diverse. It certainly can create new challenges but also important opportunities. To make such opportunities a reality, diversity needs to be properly addressed and managed at the local level, encouraged not only by community-led initiates but actively supported by all the actors who live together in a society (publi…
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Working Group Meeting with MAX project partners
MAX project partners gathered remotely on 31 September, 1 & 2 October for a three-day workshop. The working group meeting was initially planned to take place in Amsterdam, but due to the COVID19 constraints, the meeting had to be reorganized in an online mode. During the three-day workshop, the partners had the opportunity to discuss the economic, cultural and societal opportunities and challenges for migrants in the EU and try to come up with upcoming policy recommendations regarding that. Apart from the fact that the project partners had the chance to put forward solutions and proposal…
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MAX's participation in the Growing Europe conference
MAX project participated in the Growing Europe conference which took part on 24 September 2020 and was organized by the COSME-funded projects EMEN, M-UP, and Magnet. ‘The Growing Europe. Boosting migrant entrepreneurship networks’ conference was held as a series of online events every Thursday in September 2020 and dedicated to current issues and future challenges of migrant entrepreneurship in Europe. MAX project co-organized the last session about the Narratives on Migrant Entrepreneurship. The keynote speakers representing MAX were Rachida Bouganzir, Catherine Edwards, and Juan Franci…
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A dream called Baby Café: an interview with Rachida Bouganzir
This is the story of a strong woman who decided to become an entrepreneur one year ago and her effort to cope with the challenges and difficulties encountered while being a mom. Her name is Rachida and she was born and raised in Brussels from a Moroccan family. Her business is more a social project rather than a pure business and it has become the point of reference for a lot of parents in the city. The Baby Café "Haricot Magique" is at the crossroad of a cafè, a place to meet other parents with young kids and a free space for the expression of the self through courses and lessons offered by…
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Join us in the online event: “Narratives on Migrant Entrepreneurship”!
REGISTER HERE   The MAX project is participating in the conference “Growing Europe” with a special session on Narratives on Migrant Entrepreneurship! Growing Europe - Boosting Migrants Entrepreneurship Networks is a series of online events on each Thursday in September 2020 and dedicated to current issues and future challenges of migrant entrepreneurship in Europe. The event is organized by the COSME-funded projects EMEN, M-UP and MAGNET.   The session “Narratives on Migrant Entrepreneurship”, organized by UNITEE with the support of Diesis Network, will see the collaboration of …
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The second MAX Solution Journalism training is here!
In the framework of the MAX project, The Local offers free training on migration reporting for student and early career journalists   Article by The Local, click here to be redirected to their website.   Are you a journalism student or early-career journalist based in the EU? Are you interested in learning more about responsible reporting on migration – and putting those skills into practice?   The Local's journalists will be running free training sessions for new journalists interested in migration reporting in September and October 2020, during which you will work on an artic…
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MAXletter #3 is here!
The MAX project's 3rd Newsletter is finally here! Check it out!      
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Learn more about the first journalist training implemented by our partner The Local
Seven things we've learned about adding a solutions focus to reporting on migration Source: Article from The Local website.   In the framework of the MAX project's WP3 activities, throughout May, The Local hosted four online sessions about incorporating solutions-focused reporting to the migration beat. Over the month 60 journalists took part, selected from more than 200 migration reporters who expressed interest in the training. Reporters from 19 European countries joined, many of them with a migrant or refugee background and all of them with experience reporting on migration.…
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Discover the MAX project activities for the Refugee week 2020!
Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity, and resilience of refugees. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. This year the MAX project is participating in the Refugee Week 2020! The MAX project has prepared a full week of activities and new contents for the Refugee Week 2020 (from the 15th to the 21st of June, 2020)! Find here below the description of all the activities and where you will be able to find them! Monday 15th of June: A new video in collaboration with Legacoop available on all MAX project social m…
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Join the Polish Migration Forum webinar !
Integration without violence. Counteracting discrimination against students from migration backgrounds.   15.05.2020, at 18.00-19.30 Duration: 90 min Register HERE   The Polish Migration Forum, partner of the MAX project, is organising another webinar in the framework of their Diversity Dialogue Fora activities! Indeed, they are organising virtual events now, and an in-person event will take place in the months to come.   Content: This webinar is designed for teachers working in schools. Its purpose is to strengthen teachers' competence in identifying symptoms and effects of peer violen…
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COVID-19 Statement
Dear partners and colleagues of MAX project,   The COVID-19 pandemic represents a major and unprecedented challenge with unexpected consequences in all the social and economic sectors globally. To adapt to these new and challenging times, the MAX project is formulating a new strategy to cope with the problems this crisis has engendered for the project and its activities. Our firsts Diversity Dialogue Fora, the MAX project local events part of the Work Package 4, were supposed to start this spring and summer. Of course, these ones had to be postponed, and new dates have to be defined yet. A…
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The MAX project 20 Key Persuasive Messages!
In the framework of the Research activities, the MAX partners have identified 20 key persuasive messages to improve public opinion, image, narrative, and attitude towards migrants. Storytelling, creation of positive messages for the media and dialogic encounters between locals and newcomers are the key figures of the project.   The selection of the best practices to identify the 20 key messages took place on the basis of the objectives identified and described by the project: to contribute to a change of mentality in the European society towards migrants to identify a possible pa…
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Solidarity at the time of COVID-19: production of masks from TCN to Italian operators!
Interview with Roberta Tumiatti Cooperativa Pi.Pro., Consorzio La Valdocco By Diesis Network.   TCN are an added value to European society. This is even more true in this period of crisis, due to the COVID19, when many of them are contributing to fight against this pandemic and helping the European communities! Solidarity is a two-way process! Our partner Diesis Network had a chat with Roberta Tumiatti, President of Cooperativa Pietra Altra Servizi and Director of the Cooperative Pi.Pro., Technical Manager and Coordinator Development and Integration Projects, who told us the sto…
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The webinar organised by the Polish Migration Forum is tomorrow!
WEBINAR: HOW TO TEACH AND INTEGRATE MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS IN DISTANCE EDUCATION? The school is a place for all children - including those speaking in other languages, coming from foreign cultures, returning from migration, coming to Poland for various reasons and with different baggage of experience. The school is also the best environment for supporting the integration of foreigners into Polish society. But how a teacher and educator can meet these challenges - especially in the current crisis situation of remote education? During the webinar, taking place in Polish, we will discuss met…
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Discover the MAX interactive map!
The #MAXproject interactive map is now active! Check it out HERE! The success stories map showcases real stories of migrants’ successful integration in the EU and/or many initiatives to help them to do so. Some of these stories are issued from the research activities (yellow pin), others from the Journalist training (red pin) and others from the local events organised in the MAX partner countries (green pin). The first stories available on the map are the ones issued from the research activities. Each national partner has sent us the more interesting success stories, and little by little…
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The MAX info card is finally here!
The MAX info card has just arrived! Download it!  
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MAX is finally on Instagram!
The Instragram profile of the MAX project is finally here! On Instagram you will be able to find all our latest activities and news! Click HERE and discover the profile!
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The Local training for European migration journalists!
Are you a journalist covering migration, or interested in doing so? The partner of the MAX project, The Local, is offering free training sessions and workshops for journalists across the EU. The curriculum and the training developed by the Local are based on solutions journalism methodology, and how this can be adapted to the migration beat. Click here to learn more and sign up!
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Annual Consortium meeting in Brussels: thank you!
On Wednesday, 12 February 2020, all the partners of the MAX project gathered in Brussels, Belgium, for their second Annual Consortium meeting. Organised by Diesis Network, the event was a great success thanks to the valuable participation and contributions from all the partners!   During the first session of the day, UNITEE presented the WP1, including the presentation of the 2019 activities, achievements and challenges, as well as the reporting period and strategy of the project. The project officer from the EU Commission working on the MAX project then greeted the partners for their gr…
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MAX meeting in Brussels
The MAX partners are going to meet in Brussels next week on the 12th of February, for their Annual Consortium meeting! They are going to discuss all the activities for 2020! Stay tuned for more news regarding the upcoming activities!
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The second MAX newsletter is here!
Take a look at the #MAXproject second newsletter 📩 by clicking HERE! Subscribe to the following ones by clicking HERE!  
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Changing the Narrative around migrants: Solutions journalism training for journalists and media!
The goal of the MAX project is to expand the public image of migrants in Europe by changing the narrative around the immigration discourse and sharing the stories of real people. As part of this, one objective of the project is to create and implement a Solutions Journalism training for journalists and media. Training sessions will be carried out throughout 2020 for journalists from different EU countries, at different stages of their career, and the training materials will be made available online after the end of the training period. The training includes: 1. The basics: Discussion of the…
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Research activities in Rome!
At the end of September, from the 25th to the 27th, all the MAX partners joined in Rome for a three-day workshop on the Work Package 2 research activities. The workshop was organised by the WP2 leader IDEA and hosted by one of our Italian partner, Legacoopsociali. These activities are focused on the issue of migrants’ presence in the European Union from two angles, factual and opinion-based. The activity aims to produce and deliver messages which will refute stereotypes and change minds not by expert, scientific or political discourse or statistics alone, but by focusing on showing on the expe…
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MAX project article on the Diario de Teruel!
Our partner, Diputación de Teruel, wrote an article about the MAX project and our workshop on research activities in Rome that was published on the local newspaper Diario de Teruel!   Click here to read the full article HERE!   Thank you Diputación de Teruel and Diartio de Teruel for this opportunity!
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MAX partners will meet in Rome!
In the framework of the Work package 2 research activities, the MAX partners will meet in Rome at the end of the month, from the 25th to the 27th of September! They will have a three days’ workshop where they will have the opportunity to share the results of their research activities and to discuss. Legacoop, one of our Italian partners, will host the meeting in their offices!   The research had the purpose to collect and analyse information on the impact of migrant populations in the European Union and opinions, fears and prejudices regarding migrants. The activity aims to produce and deliv…
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Our first Newsletter is finally here!
The first newsletter of the max project has finally arrived! Click HERE to read it and share it right now! 😊 Click HERE if you want to subscribe for the next number!
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MAX goes to Luci sul lavoro: three days of meetings focused on work integration!
The MAX project was presented yesterday at Luci sul lavoro during the session “Storie in cammino”, organised by Diesis Coop!  Luci sul Lavoro is the Italian Festival focused on employment and labour market integration that takes place each year in Montepulciano. The festival gathers public and private Italian, European and International institutions representatives, associations, trades unions, and citizens interested in exchanging ideas and debate about these topics. We heard the words of different organisations, associations, and institutions who work to #changethenarrative around migration…
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The MAX project attends the EMEN Annual Event in The Hague
A couple of days ago, the 20th of July, the MAX project attended the EMEN Annual Event “Access to finance for migrant entrepreneurs? Cross your own borders!” at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. The event showcased a market place with more than 20 organisations and project focusing on migration and integration, and the MAX project shared a market stall with other interesting projects. Therefore, the MAX project was presented to many interested people and new potential stakeholders! Thank you to our partners who were there and to the Hague University of Applied Sciences for hosting us…
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What is happening with the MAX research activities…
The research activities are continuing in the 12 countries involved in the MAX project! In the next months, you will discover which will be the outcomes!
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Welcome to Democracy Alive!
Yesterday, AEIDL and Diesis Coop partners attended the Democracy Alive Festival in Texel! Democracy Alive is a European Festival organised by European Movement in partnership with the European Parliament in Texel. The Festival gathered main European, the private sector and citizens, with the aim of encouraging civic engagement and increasing interest in European democracy. We talked about the MAX project during the session “Stories - No borders: storytelling on the inclusion of migrants through work and entrepreneurship” organised by Diesis in the ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) P…
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