The very first network seminar took place in Tirol, Austria in March 2017. Almost 70 integration experts got together in beautiful Sankt Johann in Tirol. Two days of networking, discussions and field trips were definitely worth travelling!
National procedures in the refugee process and integration were introduced during the first day. We also had a possibility to hear experiences of three refugees about the local (Austrian) integration process. In the workshops volunteers and professionals discussed more closely about their fields of work. Experiences and good practices were shared. After a fruitful day, we were offered a chance to experience a locally popular sport: Biathlon.
On day two we travelled to the town of Wörgl. Inspiring initiatives about youth and integration were introduced and we got the chance to discuss with some local experts. After returning to St.Johann, we heard about two additional interesting projects from Sweden and we were also invited to the next networking seminar in autumn.
The steering group had a meeting also, and we decided to renew this web site and have a new domain, http://www.ruralintegration.eu . Soon there will be a tool box, good integration practices collected together and a comparison of the integration process in participating countries. Soon!
Thank you everyone involved, and we hope to see you again in Valberg, Sweden!