The meeting organized by the municipality of Lousada will be focused on introductory programmes and policies. Considering its expertise in educational and training policies, the Municipality will organize a seminar with policy makers and EU experts to present main EU instruments and tools related to introductory programmes. It will involve in the event in Lousada also the Portuguese National Immigrants Centres, one of the best examples when it comes to democratic participation of immigrants. It will set up an internal working group composed by representatives from the Municipality, local associations, operators and immigrants.
The event involved 40 citizens, including 6 participants from the city of Gioiosa Ionica (Italy), 1 participant from the city of Birgu (Malta),2 participant from the city of Erdut (Croatia),2 participants from Novo Mesto (Slovenia), 2 participants from Santa Pola (Spain), 2 participants from Neapoli-Sykies (Greece).
The event took place in Lousada (Portugal) from 14/02/2018 to 16/02/2018
The aim of the event was to improve the knowledge on Introductory programmes aimed at acquisition of skills of immigrants and to discuss the first version of the Statue of the Association to be established within the project. The partner from Portugal presented some good practices on how to make immigrants better-equipped citizens capable of contribution to society. In addition, a workshop was organized with the National Center for Support to the Integration of Migrants and with the Portuguese Council for Refugees. The Municipality of Gioiosa Ionica and RECOSOL presented the draft version of the Statute of the Association and collected observations and comments from each partner.