The EPIC project - European Platform for Integrated Cities (EPIC) - is funded by AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund). It seeks to address the challenges of migrant integration by targeting medium-sized cities that have a need to develop expertise in areas such as housing, labour integration, integration policy or counter-narratives, and at the same time are available to lend their expertise to support their counterparts in other LAs. This will enable a transfer of knowledge and know-how between local authorities with different degrees of experience and support direct practical learning between peers that provides for the exchange of knowledge, skills and personnel on migrant integration issues. Furthermore, this approach will generate a close-knit network of self-sufficient local authorities that will provide successful and efficient integration services.
The EPIC project has ALDA as coordinator and counts on the participation of 15 other partners: 7 NGOs, specifically Associazione ADL Zaidovici, Cooperazione Studio e Progetto 2, Simbiosis, Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados Portugal, Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados Croacia, Kitev, Solidaridad sin Fronteras (officially representing an additional municipality) and 6 AL, in particular the municipality of Brescia, the municipality of Ioannina, the city of Lisbon, the municipality of Oberhausen, the municipality of the city of Gdansk, the municipality of Sisak; In addition, the project will involve University College London and the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL) as transversal partners.