EPIA Project


EU Grundtvig Project
Exchanging Best Practices in the Integration of Assyrians in Europe (EPIA)

Four Assyrian organizations, based in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Belgium have begun an EU-project within the framework of the Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme.

The Grundtvig Learning Partnership project 'Exchanging Best Practices in the Integration of Assyrians in Europe' (EPIA), aims to exchange experiences of Assyrians in the field of integration in Europe, map problems and challenges, and promote best practices.

Today, around 300,000 Assyrians live in different European countries. With this project, the partner organizations aim to discuss the fifty years of settlement of Assyrians in Europe from a comparative perspective. Exchanging experiences, mapping the problems and searching together for effective and long-term solutions for the existing problems and challenges will be a very important input for the Assyrian diaspora and for its diverse civic and religious institutions. Besides discussing the experienced problems, it is also very important to highlight good practices in the integration of Assyrians.

In order to realize the planned aims, partner organizations will organize the following educational activities in the participating countries:

  • Three seminars about different aspects of integration in the participating countries;
  • A workshop which will focus on integration of Assyrian women in Europe;
  • A specific workshop for exploring best practices and successful strategies in the integration of Assyrians and developing new strategies for tackling with the problems of integration;
  • A conference in order to discuss further and to disseminate the first results of this project.

Furthermore, a policy report about best practices in the integration of Assyrians will be written by the partner organizations and will be offered to local and national policy makers.

The duration of the project is two years (2012-2014).

For more information, please contact the participating organizations and visit their websites:

  • Stichting Inanna Foundation (Netherlands): www.inannafoundation.org
  • Assyriska Fö reningen i Göteborg (Sweden): www.assyria.nu
  • Stiftung Yoken-Bar-Yoken (Germany): www.yby-foundation.com
  • Institut Syriaque de Belgiq ue (Belgium): www.institut-syriaque.net

Inanna Foundation YBY Institute Syriaque Assyriska

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