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icona cibo eurela1Sustainable practices of integration and social inclusion of newcomers based on food as a key medium for intercultural dialogue



Germany, Freiburg; Greece, Thessaloniki; Spain, Barcelona; Italy, Milan





24 months



The EU approach to migration is traditionally characterized by an emphasis on the labour dimension, nurturing the idea of complementarity between the native-born and the foreign labour force, thus favouring the concentration of migrants in low-skilled jobs. The partners’ countries (Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy) are at the forefront of Europe’s Refugee Crisis. Of the 361.909 refugees/migrants that reached the EU by sea in 2016, 50,2% landed on Italian coast and the 48% on the Greek coast. The situation of asylum seekers and refugees in these countries changed rapidly due to the Dublin regulation and the hot spot system: most of refugees arrived in Italy, Greece or Spain had no choice but to seek asylum in the country where they are disembarked. Therefore, the reception and integration pattern changed too: before the prevailing needs were linked to temporary support and guidance to continue the migration route, while now longer length of stay implies a variety of asylum seekers needs: language learning, awareness on local services and opportunities, mid-term housing accommodation and, ultimately, active participation in social, cultural and economic life of the host society.



General objective:

  • The general objective of the action is to foster the development of sustainable spaces and initiatives for social participation, intercultural communication and integration of third country nationals in Europe.

Specific objectives:

  • The specific objective of the project is the development and sharing of experiences based on food as a key medium to foster intercultural dialogue and increase third-country nationals’ social inclusion.



  • Identification and desk analysis of EU best practices
  • Participatory research to identify key success factors
  • International knowledge and experience sharing meeting
  • Design of guidelines for best practices adaptation and scalingup
  • Participatory evaluation of pilot initiatives
  • Design of local initiatives
  • Mobilisation of local stakeholder
  • Start-up of local initiatives
  • Knowledge and experience sharing visits
  • Pilot co-design of social services linked to local initiatives
  • Local multistakeholder dissemination events
  • International training and networking meeting (Italy)
  • Common communication campaign
  • Printing and distribution of research results
  • Final institutional event (Brussels)



Direct beneficiaries:
Migrants, practitioners and decision makers in the field of migrants’ integration

Indirect beneficiaries:
Communities, stakeholders, media, general public


The project will support the consolidation of the informal network and the building of an on-going dialogue to improve the sustainability of project outcomes. This process would also result in an increased capacity of integration practitioners in Italy, Germany, Greece and Spain to apply intercultural innovative solutions in their daily work, supporting the integration of third country nationals. Practitioners constitute a group of actors with a high multiplying potential. They will be able to apply their knowledge and use their abilities in their future work even in different contests.



Total value:
772.796,80 €


Main funders:

ueEuropean Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs


  • ACRA (project leader) - Italy
  • ABD - Spain
  • AGRONAUTEN - Germany
  • KAMBA - Italy



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