Leading region

Background and the role of Regional and Local Authorities

The reasons behind creation of this working group lies on the increasing demand from Members States of a common strategy for the integration of third country nationals. Most of EU countries have given home to a large number of refugees and asylum seekers during the last months and years. The countries with high immigration figures, their regions and municipalities are right now at a crucial stage: they have to find ways to quickly integrate immigrants and refugees into society and the world of work in order to allow people a structured and financially independent life and to ensure that societies can cope with the large number of new citizens.

Purpose of the working group

Participants in the working group aim at sharing and creating best practises. Eventually, this deep collaboration led to the constitution of a consortium for Erasmus+ projects.

Ongoing activities


The talents project will transfer and further develop a new and very successful language and vocational training and integration concept for immigrants. The Göteborg HOTEL TALENTS concept will be amended so that it can be transferred to other sectors (e.g. health, logistics, and retail trade) and other countries and regions with different legal, financing, integration and training systems.

Past activities

Study visits in September 2015

Participants - at political and technical level - took part in this exchange of experiences with the aim to discuss integration policies in Germany and in Sweden. It was the opportunity to get an insights into adult education, language training and vocational education for immigrants, as well as to discuss entry points from immigrants to the labour market. 


The Labour Market and Adult Education Authority of the City of Göteborg

City of Stuttgart

Regional Development Committee and the Department of Regional Development of Region Västra Götaland

Bundesland Baden-Württemberg

Folkuniversitetet School

Cubes School

Folk High School Gothenburg

Volkshochschulverband Baden-Württemberg e.V. 

Read the programmes of the study visits

Study visit in March 2016

Pior to the definition of TALENTS' consortium, Earlall's member regions had taken a study tour to Hotel Talents, where the idea of work-based integration of migrants first began.

TALENTS conference in October 2016

Earlall, together with regional partners, is organising a Side Event to the European Week of Regions and Cities. The event will introduce the Erasmus+ project TALENTS, presenting new methods for an effective integration of migrants to fulfil their potential.

Click here for more details and all the relevant documents about this event.

Study visit in November 2016 

Useful documents ↓

EARLALL - Answer to the EU Commission Green Paper Education and Migrants

Useful websites 

The European Website on Integration