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Cities and municipalities - 08.06.2010

Submit your strategies for support of migrant elders
In the framework of the first 'European Local Authorities Competition (ELAC) on Good Practices on the Support for Migrant Elders' Initiatives", a call for submissions has been sent out calling on cities and municipalities. to present strategies for active ageing, for integrating and for improving the quality of life of migrant elders.

Indeed, 'at a time of increasing migration throughout the world," explains Armin Laschet, German Minister for Integration, it is important to determine 'how ageing and elderly migrants can feel comfortable in their guest country".
The projects put forward should revolve around areas such as housing, leisure and culture, social and intergenerational activities, support for economic activities vis-à-vis specific products and services and, supporting volunteering by and for migrant elders.

The deadline for submission is 31 October 2010 and initiatives must be innovative, sustainable, concrete, and transferable allowing for other local authorities to inspire themselves from existing or past initiatives.

The initiative, which must be well advanced or accomplished to qualify, must be proposed by a local authority in an EU member state, candidate country or EEA/EFTA country. Three prizes will be awarded to the best projects at the occasion of an awards ceremony, to be held on 9 February 2011 at the Committee of the Regions headquarters in Brussels. The first winner will receive a prize of €3000, the second €1500 and the third €1000.

The competition is part of the European project 'Active Ageing of Migrant Elders Across Europe" (AAMEE). It was launched by the Ministry for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), in partnership with the Committee of the Regions and under the patronage of the European Parliament.
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