Why are we running this project?

Managing and shaping migration to and within Europe will also in the future be one of the key challenges for European societies. The role of civil society therefore is key, both on the local as well as on the European level.

What are our goals?

The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) has the goal of strengthening the role played by civil society in advocating for constructive approaches to migration in Europe. EPIM aims to strengthening the advocacy capacities of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) at a European level and to facilitate civil society in its role as a counterbalance to official institutions through:

  • Enabling national CSOs to bring their knowledge and best practices to the EU level;
  • Encouraging national CSOs to partner across the EU in order to build effective coalitions for advocacy and to learn from each other;
  • Assisting pan-European CSOs or projects to take advantage of national experiences to seek out and develop European solutions to core challenges.

How does the project work?

EPIM works through thematic sub-funds on issues of high concern, need and opportunity for change. The current thematic focus areas include:

  • Sub-Fund on Immigration Detention
  • Sub-Fund on Reforming the European Asylum System
  • Sub-Fund on Long-Term Prospects and Protection of Children on the Move in Europe
  • Sub-Fund on Mobile EU Citizens’ Access to Rights
  • Sub-Fund on Strategic Communications on migration in a Changing Environment
  • Sub-Fund on Building Inclusive European Societies

Who is the target audience?

EPIM works through grant-making, capacity development and networking and supports and strengthens CSOs active on migration and integration issues at the European level in order to:

  • Uphold and defend the European commitment to Universal Human Rights and social justice, to ensure the dignity of all people in the European Union;
  • Promote gender-sensitive, inclusive and pragmatic approaches to European and national policies on migration and integration;
  • Influence EU policies and their national implementation in areas defined in EPIM’s sub-funds.

Where is the project run?

Europe.

Who organizes and supports the project?

EPIM is an initiative of currently 14 Partner Foundations and 11 associated Foundations. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of its founding members.