Enhancing the participation of migrants through the creation of “migrant councils

Integration of migrants and refugees
Migration policies and research


European Commission - DG Migration and Home Affairs


Migrant communities & associations

Objective of the project

We want to promote the participation of migrants in local and regional decision-making processes through the establishment or strengthening of migrant councils in the project regions and cities.

Abstract of the project

The project rationale is based on the involvement of migrants as direct actors of change, through processes of participation and active citizenship. These processes will be defined and constructed by migrant organisations and communities in the target territories, in collaboration with local authorities and civil society organisations. The councils will have a consultative and propositional function on issues relevant to the immigrant communities in the area.

Context analysis

The lack of migrant representation in local decision-making is a crucial factor, leading to institutional neglect of migrants’ needs and the inadequate operation of existing policies for migrant inclusion. The negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been disproportionately high for some vulnerable groups of migrants, whose voices are obscured by a lack of empowerment within communities. The MVH project is structurally embedded in ActionAid’s migration interventions in the Naples area. In particular, the project is developed in continuity with the SEEDS initiative, and the European projects YALLA! and SCIC, which promote the socio-occupational inclusion of third-country nationals through a focus on the inclusiveness of public services, collaboration with public bodies, and the participation and active citizenship of migrants.

Napoli, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Budapest, Hungary

Neapoli Sikies, Greece

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Graz, Austria

The project is implemented in 7 EU countries: Italy, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Austria.

Implementation Period

01/12/2021 - 30/11/2023



  • 30 participants in meeting for exchange of good practices in Graz (EU and Third-Country nationals)
  • 90 participants in advocacy and policy-making training (TCc)
  • 210 participants in local and migrant community meetings
  • 1000 participants in Intercultural Markets


Migrant communities in the target countries

Project Strategy


  • Research on good practices of migrant participation in the design and implementation of public policies
  • Mobilisation of migrant communities and identification of needs
  • Training of migrants on policy definitions and advocacy
  • Facilitation of meetings between public officials and migrants
  • Creation of local and regional councils
  • Meetings between local and migrant communities
  • Intercultural markets


  • Transnational research report on migrant community participation
  • 10 community meetings (per country)
  • Training Programme Modules
  • 10 civil servants and migrants meetings (per country)
  • 14 local and migrant community meetings
  • 7 intercultural markets


  • 5 new migrant councils set up, in local regions that currently do not have one, in 5 different EU Member States (BG, RO, HU, GR and FR) and one activated (IT) thus enabling the creation of structured structures and formalised ways of regularly consulting more than 5000 migrants, living in these places, on policies that directly affect them
  • Enhanced cooperation between countries with different levels of experience in promoting the active participation of migrants in consultative and decision-making processes
  • A working mechanism for regular migrant consultation based on the model developed in the city of Graz (Austria), which has an active migrant advisory committee is disseminated at the EU level


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