Since September 2010 the Integration and Migration Foundation ‘Our People’ has been representing Estonia in the three-year migration project named ‘ImmigrationPolicy2.0’.
The full title of the project is ‘Participatory Immigration Policy Making and Harmonisation based on Collaborative Web2.0 Technologies’. It is funded from the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme of the European Commission and by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
Estonia is one of the pilot states in the project alongside Germany, Italy and Greece.
The project primarily aims to provide migrants, immigration policy shapers, officials and experts with contemporary information technology resources with which to distribute and discuss information and make the development and implementation of policy a more inclusive process for all involved. Another key objective of the project is to contribute to the harmonisation of the shaping and introduction of immigration policy at the European Union level.
The new developments in information technology (such as Web2.0 – wikis, social networks et al.) and cooperative technology being used in the project present a wide range of opportunities for participatory governance and inclusive policy-shaping. Emphasis in the project is being placed on the use and testing of information technology infrastructure that will enable a variety of policies and viewpoints to be safely and reliably explained, analysed, monitored and harmonised.
Taking part in the pilot project, Estonia will mainly be focussing on the development of participatory policy in Estonia, but will also be involved in the harmonisation of immigration policy at the EU level. To this end, at least 120 people with migrant backgrounds and 15 officials, politicians and specialists from the field will be involved in the project in Estonia.
More details about the project’s progress and results can be found on the project website.