About the Foundation
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The Integration and Migration Foundation Our People (MISA) was founded on 31 March 1998 under the name of the Non-Estonians Integration Foundation. Between spring 2008 and the end of 2009 it was known simply as the Integration Foundation.
On 1 January 2010 the Integration Foundation merged with the Estonian Migration Foundation, which was founded on 10 June 1992. The joint institution now bears the name of the Integration and Migration Foundation Our People.

The Integration Foundation and Estonian Migration Fund have merged as a result of the regulation issued by the Estonian Government on 29 October 2009 and the resolutions adopted by its founders Ministry of Culture and Ministry of the Interior and the supervisory boards of both foundations. The founder’s rights of MISA will be exercised by the Ministry of Culture.
Further tasks of the foundation will be to promote integration processes in Estonia, to coordinate activities related to immigration and emigration, to publish information in this regard and to produce overviews.
The purpose of integration is to promote the situation where the representatives of other nationalities living in Estonia and Estonians would enjoy living in the country together – work, study, promote culture, be a part of society and be a full and valuable member. MISA will carry out almost 40 activities and organise more than 30 different procurements and competitions in 2010 to develop these opportunities.
The objective of migration is to encourage people to return to their country of origin. MISA offers help to people who wish to return to Estonia as well as to those who wish to leave our country. We also support reuniting families of different nationalities.
The foundation carries out the activities of the integration plan with the aim of ensuring that the people who live in Estonia share the same values and form an active part of civic society, and that national minorities have the chance to preserve their languages and cultures. The foundation is guided by development plans in the fulfilment of its objectives as set out in its articles of association.
The activities of the Foundation have been based on the Estonian Integration Plan 2008-2010 (DP 2008-2013) since 2008.

Similarly to the NP 2000-2007, the goals of DP 2008-2013 have been divided in three:
  • Educational and cultural integration
  • Social and economic integration
  • Legal and political integration

The basis for the foundation’s activities between 2000 and 2007 was the national programme “Integration in Estonian society 2000–2007” (NP 2000–2007). The foundation was responsible for the sub-programmes of the NP along with the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior.
DP 2008-2013 has been prepared and the role given to the foundation therein is that of the actual performer of activities and it also includes a forecast of the cost of activities, the financier and performance indicators. For this purpose, the units of the Foundation and ministries developed the measures of the Operational Programme of the DP 2008-2010; and the Foundation also increased its knowledge about the requirements and/or possibilities of integration and successful solutions and included associated groups in the process of preparing DP 2008-2013.
The Foundation initiates and supports projects/activities that promote integration in Estonian society and coordinates the efficient use of different resources in this area.
The Foundation is a partner of the ministries responsible for the measures of DP 2008-2013. The activities of the Foundation are funded from the state budget and foreign sources, incl. EU programmes, that are allocated through the budgets of ministries.
The goal of the Foundation in respect of migration is to support migration processes. The foundation also consults the people who are returning to Estonia or leaving the country in migration issues and offers them financial support if necessary. The Foundation offers migration support for re-migration, emigration and extradition. The Foundation also offers migration consultations.