Danube compass launched - an integrated information platform for migrants new to the Danube region

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08-05-2019

The Danube Compass is an online portal to provide information for new inhabitants of the Danube region, many of which are migrants. It contains information about living and working in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The information is available in many different languages.

The Danube compass was created as part of the Danube Region Information Platform for Economic Integration of Migrants (DRIM), co-funded by the EU through the Danube Transnational programme of INTERREG. The goal of the project is to enhance capacities of public institutions for enabling migrants’ economic integration in the eight countries of the Danube Region. The following countries from the Danube region work together: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia, Austria, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Hungary. The DRIM project runs until 30 June 2019.

Background

After undergoing profound political transformations, the Danube region is now facing diverse demographic, labour market and migration challenges, yet lacks the appropriate multi-level governance support structures, especially in the field of migrants' economic integration. With the goal of achieving cohesion and economic development in the Danube region, DRIM's objective is to enhance the capacity of public institutions for promoting migrants’ economic integration, understood as fair access to employment, work and skills enhancement. The main result of DRIM – the improved capacity of public institutions to respond to the needs of newly arrived as well as resident migrants through effective information sharing – will be a corner stone of an information infrastructure that will facilitate economic integration in the Danube region. 

About the Danube Compass

The Danube Compass is an innovative attempt to respond to the transnational challenges with a transnational approach instead of national information infrastructures. The short-term impact is a better response of main target groups (local and national authorities) in supporting migrants' economic integration as well as migrants' easier access to employment and renewed trust in public authorities. The long-term change is expected to be the construction of an effective information infrastructure for migrants throughout the Danube region, with corresponding improved capacities of public institutions ensuring smoother integration and through that social change.

Check out the tool here:  www.danubecompass.org

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