The project Learning Exchanging and Integrating (LEI) – was a project co-financed primarily through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) for 2014-2020 entrusted to the Intercultural and Anti-Racism Unit within the Human Rights Directorate. The project forms part of the attainment of targets as set out through government’s Migration Integration Strategy & Action Plan (Vision 2020).

The main objectives of this project were to:

  • Provide support in terms of the implementation of the national migrant integration strategy and action plan
  • Evaluate and present recommendations on services and facilities that are publicly available for migrants
  • Foster a spirit of mutual cooperation and a spirit of good faith between migrant-led communities and the host country through various initiatives.

The following Initiatives were funded through the project:

  • I Belong: The programme is made up of two stages, which cater for Maltese, English and cultural orientation classes which provides a pathway for integration into Maltese society open to all migrants.

  • Turning the Tables: A migrant-led initiative which looked at important issues related to integration leading ultimately to a change in policy. This project saw integration as a joint collaborative endeavour between the newcomers to a particular society, and the host country – in this case, Malta. To this end, the project’s objective was to foster a sense of empowerment and belonging of migrants in our society. This was done through the organization of conferences to discuss different topics chosen by migrant communities which represent challenges in the daily lives of migrants. The selected topics include:

Each topic was discussed and developed through a specific working group during a pre-conference which is held prior to the main conference. The aim of the working groups was to raise and discuss policy proposals which were then presented during the main conference. A researcher was also documenting such discussions, followed by development, document finding and finally publication. These publications can also be used as an advocacy tool.

  • ​Migrant Integration Information Sessions (MIIS): The following initiative set up different information sessions that migrants could avail of on topics that were proposed by themselves. Per topic, the Intercultural and Anti-Racism unit gathered experts, speakers and stakeholders to participate in this initiative. The objective was to educate while creating a safe space for the exchange of ideas.

  • Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation: This course, which began to be delivered by the University of Malta in 2021, trains professionals in facilitating harmonious relations between migrants and citizens in the host country, promoting mutual exchange of knowledge and the establishment of positive relations between individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and ethnic origins.

Integration Mapping Research

Integration Mapping Research Report on Mental Health     English | Malti

Integration Mapping Research Report on Socialisation     English | Malti

Integration Mapping Research Report on Family Reunification     English | Malti

Integration Mapping Research Report on Migrants and Citizenship     English | Malti

Project Value and Timeframe

  • ​Project value: €2,029,307.18
  • Project timeframe: 1st March 2019 – 31st December 2022 (extended due to pandemic)