PITCH, a model for gender-sensitive intergration strategies based on Personalised, partIcipaTory, loCal, and multi-stakeHolder approaches, is a 36-months project co-funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. UBC is a project partner.
PITCH is a 36-month project, aimed at establishing a common European ground to support the design and implementation of local integration strategies addressed to migrant women, based on a personalised, participatory, and multi-stakeholder approach. The project will do so by co-designing a model, translating it into 7 local strategies, and pilot-testing it with migrant women in Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, Cyprus, Lithuania, and Sweden. This will lead to:
- Enhanced socio-economic integration of migrant women and increased interaction between them and the host society
- A newly developed model for integration strategies adaptable to the specificities of different local contexts
- Sustainable collaborations and increased readiness of organisations, institutions, and relevant stakeholders to tackle integration issues in the future.
Objectives and expected results
PITCH aims to establish a common European ground to support the design and implementation of local integration strategies specifically targeted to women, based on a personalised, participatory, and multi-stakeholder approach, in line with the topic: Developing and implementing local integration strategies through multi-stakeholder partnerships. The project will do so by co-designing a model, translating it into 7 local strategies, and pilot-testing it with migrant women. Being the result of a co-design process involving institutions with diversified experience and from different countries, the PITCH model will provide a flexible example for the development of integration strategies able to fit the specificities of different local contexts.
In the long term, the adoption of the model is expected to contribute to a better socio-economic integration of migrant women in the involved countries: by offering personalised roadmaps to integration combining upskilling, awareness-raising and social activities tailored to each woman’s specific needs, and addressing different aspects of the integration process, women’s autonomy, awareness of existing services, and access to the labour market will be enhanced. Through social activities, migrant women will be offered a safe space to interact with the local community, thus strengthening their sense of belonging to the host society, and bringing a cascade effect on other migrant women, not directly involved in the project. The multi-stakeholder project’s partnership, including organisations, research centres and municipalities, will ease the sustainability of the local strategies and the mainstreaming of the model among relevant policy makers, and local stakeholders involved in integration processes. The transnational peer-learning and exchange of practices between organisations and municipalities will allow to share new ideas on how to tackle integration issues, inspiring future strategies in the involved countries and beyond.
Total project budget is 1,488,467.37 EUR, EU grant 1,339,620.64 EUR. UBC budget is 55,614.32 EUR.