Ministry fails to find partner to help refugees with community networking

Refugees from Yemen in Estonia. Photo is illustrative.
Refugees from Yemen in Estonia. Photo is illustrative. Source: (Mihkel Maripuu/Postimees/Scanpix)

The Ministry of the Interior has failed in an attempt to find a cooperating partner that would support the development of communications networks between people granted international protection by Estonia, the institutions that work with them and local residents.

"Unfortunately, no applications were filed under this call for proposals by the May 16 deadline," ministry spokesperson Kristin Rammus told BNS.

Discussions have now begun at the ministry regarding how to move forward.

The ministry began searching in April for a potential partner with the intention of increasing community awareness, sense of belonging and openness between beneficiaries of international protection, the municipal and state agencies that work with them and local communities.

The partner is expected to use earmarked funding to stage at least 30 joint events in municipalities bringing together locals and beneficiaries of international protection as well as draw up relevant informational material.

The period for carrying out these activities is from Aug. 1, 2017 through the end of 2018. The total budget of the call for proposals is €100,000, 75 percent of which is to be provided by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and 25 percent from Estonia's state budget.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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