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Since the 1950s IOM has implemented programmes that assist Member States with the integration of migrants as a key to effective and comprehensive migration management. While the term “integration” can be understood differently depending on the country and context, it is generally defined as the process of mutual adaptation between host society and migrant.

It implies a sense of obligation and respect for a core set of values that bind migrants and their host communities to a common purpose. Integration is essential for all stakeholders, not only as a way of providing economic and cultural benefits but also for ensuring the security and stability of societies as a whole.

The project »Safety and tolerance – conditions for successful integration of immigrants in Latvia« aims to reach the goal of social adaptation and integration of Third Country Nationals into Latvian society on the basis of knowledge of Latvian language and respect for the culture and customs. Along with language lectures IOM organizes also practical courses. They consist of excursions, visits to local museums and theaters, psychological trainings, lessons with children and presentations of interest and skills of participants.

Basic topics of these courses were in line with integrated learning of subjects and language, creating a motivating learning environment for adults.
In their feedback the participants noted that courses have significantly affected their skill development and personal growth. Moreover, they noted that these courses helped them to better understand they way knowledge of cultural peculiarities influences effectiveness of their learning process. They admitted these courses and the joint learning process were practical, which resulted in increased motivation as well as in the ability to accept new challenges from the outside.

Courses are held twice a week and have more than 150 participants altogether.
One of the participants noted that the quantity of lectures, including additional events (Latvian language cafe, Hobby club, Joint language lectures for mothers and children) comprise altogether 7,5 hours a week, which helps with immersing oneself in the language and provides for successful integration.

 

The project will continue untill 30 June 2014.

Security and Tolerance - Towards Successful Integration of Immigrants in Latvia, Stage IV 2014. The project is co-financed by the European Union. The project is implemented with the financial support of the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (75%) and the State budget (25%). This publication is supported by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals. Responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the International Organization for Migration.