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Information and support for foreign EU migrants

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  • PROJECT EU CITIZEN
  • Presentation Agenda
    Background
    Mission and project ownership
    crossroads output
    Project organisation and network
    Financing
    crossroads activities
    Client statistics and trends
    Experience so far
    Q&A, Welcome to visit us
  • BACKGROUND
    All non-profit organisations that run daycentres in the city of Stockholm have seen an ever-increasing number of people from other EU countries during the last couple of years.
    In 2004, social daycentres had hardly any non-Swedish guests. Today, the largest daycentres in Stockholm gets approx. 100-150 guests from other EU countries every day (approx. 80% of all guests).
    Swedish citizens that live in homelessness often have psychiatric disabilities and/or issues with addiction. Foreign EU citizens often live in homelessness due to poverty and lack of employment.
    Foreign EU citizens also does not have rights to benefits from the Swedish state or cities, as does Swedish citizens. They have a greater need for information about Swedish society and the special regulations that surrounds foreign EU citizens in Sweden. And this in their own language.
    Both non-profit organizations and the Social Services of Stockholm have therefore seen a need to separate centres for foreign EU citizens that could provide the advice and support that this group requires.
  • Project milestones
    Conference in Tampere 2009
    Preparations for ESF application May 2010
    ESF application filed June 14, 2010
    Nordic visits – building experience – August to October 2010
    Planning phase November 2010 – February 2011
    crossroads start march 2011
    crossroads relocation June 17
  • PROJECT EU CITIZEN
    Project EU Citizen addresses the needs of foreign EU citizensand third-country nationals with permanent residence permits from another EU countrythat live in poverty, homelessness and/or unemployment in Stockholm for the purpose of counteracting economic and social exclusion.
    The project will run an advice and support centre in Stockholm from 1 March 2011 until 28 February 2013:
    The project will also work creating networks, co-ordinating resources and building public opinionwhile working for the inclusion of EU citizens.
    The project is run by the Stockholm City Mission, the Salvation Army, the City of Stockholm and the Public Employment Agency of Sweden.
    Doctors in the world, the Red Cross, S:ta Clara kyrka, Citykyrkan and Ny Gemenskap are also collaborating with the project. The project is financed through the European Social Fund (ESF).
  • Competence-enhancing initiatives, i.e.:
    • translations of grades and recommendation letters,
    • volunteer-led courses in Swedish
    • Computer use
    • Employment preparation
    1 March 2011 – 28 February 2013
    crossroads
    Unit manager
    EU-advisors
    Voluntary co-workers
    General advice and individual guidance
    Facilitation of contacts to Swedish organizations, public authorities and private businesses
    Contacts with foreignorganizations, public authorities and private businesses to facilitatea possiblereturn
    Basic needs support, i.e.:
    • food
    • shower
    • opportunitiesfor laundry
  • Steering Committee
    Stockholm City Mission
    City of Stockholm
    Public Employment Agency
    Salvation Army
    Stockholm City Mission
    Financing
    European Social Fund
    Voluntaryco-workers
    Psychologists
    Unit Manager
    Embassies
    Voluntaryco-workers
    Translators
    Voluntaryco-workers
    Lawyers
    EU Advisors
    Swedish Authorities
    Employers
    Landlords
    Swedish organizations
    Cultural or ethnicorganizations
    Labour union representatives
    Medical caregivers
    Social rehabilitation
  • crossroads
    INFORMATION AND SUPPORT FOR
    FOREIGN EU MIGRANTS IN STOCKHOLM
  • Background
    • Why Crossroads?
    • due to an increasing number of EU migrants
    • our target group does not have access to the social welfare system
    • due to the lack of correct information about the Swedish society among the group
    • as the social services are not adjusted to our target group’s needs
  • Background
    • Target group
    • foreign EU citizens and non-European citizens that have a permanent residence permit in another EU country
    • What is our goal?
    • to counteract social exclusion and poverty among the target group
  • Introduction
    • What do we offer:
    • Individual action plans
    • Various courses
    • Swedish civic information
    • Food, warmth and rest
  • Crossroads team
    Five EU advisors and one unit manager
    • Our areas of responsibility:
    • Labor market and employers networking
    • Culture and repatriation
    • Volunteers and participants coordination
    • Healthcare
    • Gender equality
    • Course development and coordination
    • Communication and website administration
    • Statistics and documentation
    • We speak 11 foreign languages:
    • Arabic
    • Armenian
    • English
    • Finnish
    • French
    • Lithuanian
    • Polish
    • Romanes
    • Romanian
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Information and support
    • Individual counseling/action plan meetings
    • Individual psychotherapy sessions
    • Juridical support
    • Informational meetings
    • Translation of documents
    Activities in participants’ language
  • Activities
    • Courses:
    • Foreign languages: English and Swedish
    • Computer user
    • Job searching
    • Cooking
    • Discussion groups
    • Discussion group for women
    • Discussion group lead by psychologists
  • Basic needs and services
    • Medical assistance
    • Pedicure
    • Hairdressing
    • Two meals per day for free
    • Possibility for laundry
    • Showers and rest
  • Our volunteers
    • Over 100 volunteers:
    • Interpreters
    • Translators
    • Teachers
    • Lawyers
    • Psychologists
    • Chiropodists
    • Hairdressers
  • Our participants
    • Nationalities:
    • Guests from 70 countries
  • Our participants
    • Gender:
    • 92.6% men and 7.4% women
    • Age:
    • Majority between 21 and 45
  • Our participants
    • Education
    • The majority are educated within a trade
    • Professions
    • Top three: builder, carpenter, mechanic
  • Feedback
    • According to our polls, surveys and verbal contacts:
    Participants’ experiences:
    • jobs and housing expectations
    • civic information in their own language
    • personal contacts with personnel and volunteer co-workers
  • Our experience
    • The great importance of language and cultural knowledge – volunteer co-workers and personnel
    • What could work better:
    • Participants’ expectations
    • Cooperation with some embassies
    • What works best:
    • Civic information
    • Action plans/counselling
    • All our courses
  • Next steps
    • Documentation, information distribution
    • Networking within Scandinavia and Europe
    • Project and material analysis
    • Method and concept completed
  • Thank you!
    You are very welcome to visit us in Stockholm!
    www.stockholmcrossroads.se