Digi-Path is a Project that directly addresses the Social Inclusion of Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), tackling one of the main social exclusion factors, their inability to access to information and services that would ease their re-allocation and increase their social integration.
Digi-Path examines the settling process of TCNs as they become integrated within the EU. TCNs have many needs related to their integration, while their access to fundamental information and services is sometimes limited at a local and regional levels. Orientation information concerning life in their new countries is hard to access, since a bridge with local services, usually expressed through local or regional level administration, has not been properly established.
Integration also concerns connecting with the local community and society, and there is a need to ensure public services are available for all residents. To date, the integration of TCNs as a specific target group has not been widely discussed, either at EU or national levels.
Within this context, the Digi-Path project seeks to foster the successful inclusion and participation of TCNs and their family members in the host EU country’s civic and social life and their access to the same information and employment opportunities of nationals.
The primary objective of Digi-Path is to foster the successful inclusion and participation of TCNs and their family members in the host EU country’s civic and social life providing equal
access to information and services that will increase their well-being in the hosting societies.
This will be achieved through supplementary objectives that include:
– increasing the capacity of Public Administration Authorities & Experts at the local level in the participating countries to enable and facilitate the access of TCNs to a number of civic and other services (access to the labour market and relevant rights, professional guidance, family planning, available benefits, social insurance, registry etc) in the host countries;
– improving the availability, awareness and participation of TCNs in civic activities in their host communities.
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