Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration (DELI)

What is the DELI project ? DELI 6

Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration (DELI), co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Integration Fund, fosters more efficient local policies in support of migrant-owned SMEs and migrant entrepreneurship as part of wider diversity and inclusion policies.

Launched officially on 4-5 March 2014 in Brussels, DELI is an 18-month joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Commission and is carried out in co-operation with the Migration Policy Group. Both the Council of Europe and Migration Policy Group share the responsibilities of the overall coordination and implementation of the project.

DELI is part of the living together in diversity action strand of the Council of Europe and builds upon the knowledge base developed in Intercultural Cities programme, as well as the projects INTI-Cities, DIVE and Supplier Diversity developed by the Migration Policy Group.

Who are participating in the DELI project ?

DELI is based on a partnership network of 10 European cities. DELI partners share a common concern to open up the entrepreneurship to migrants and make support system work better. With the rights, conditions and policies, DELI partners believe migrants have the potential to unleash the economic creativity and energy to help local economies flourish and grow.

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What are the focuses and objectives of the DELI project ?

DELI focuses on two important issues for the European society and economy: migrants and entrepreneurship.

While it is recognised that the entrepreneurship is essential to economic growth and innovation, the impact of migrants on European economy remains the issue subject to many misconceptions and doubts.

Nevertheless, migrants and people from ethnic minorities represent an important pool of entrepreneurs in Europe. At present there are roughly 24 million non-nationals living in the countries of the European Union, many of them from ethnic minority populations. Their businesses - mainly small and micro enterprises - play an important role in the European society and in particular in urban areas.

DELI partners work towards systemic changes in economic integration of migrants and reducing gaps in access to rights. More specifically, DELI aims to:

  • Support the development of local partnership platforms with a view to engaging local public and private actors in supporting migrant entrepreneurship at local level;
  • Facilitate access of migrant-owned SMEs to public and private procurement;
  • Develop quality management standards and assessment tools for local governments supporting the design and implementation of economic policies consistent with the principles of equal treatment, integration and diversity management.

What are the outcomes expected in the DELI project ?Deli5

Short-term

  • Local policies and structures reviewed to be adapted to the needs of economic integration of migrants & migrant entrepreneurship;
  • Stronger public & private dialogue and increased involvement of local stakeholders in the development of integration policies and inclusive economic strategies;
  • Local administrations effective in catering the needs of economic integration of migrants & migrant entrepreneurship;
  • Implementation of Diversity Procurement Strategy facilitates the participation of migrants in public procurement, allows a better use of state aid possibilities and increases access of under-represented migrant businesses to supply chains through flexible and inclusive public and private procurement;

Medium-term

  • Business development and migrant entrepreneurship becomes a key dimension of local integration strategies;
  • Implementation of Diversity Procurement Strategy facilitates the participation of migrants in public procurement, allows a better use of state aid possibilities and increases access of under-represented migrant businesses to "diversity supplier" chain through flexible and inclusive private procurement;

Long-term

The project is expected to provide long-term impact on deeper integration of migrants at the local level and successful growth of migrant enterprises which in their turn contribute to development of a thriving, diverse economic climate and growth.

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What is Dublin's role in the DELI project ?

Dublin, as the capital city of Ireland, hosts a large migrant community which makes up about 21% of the City’s population. Dublin City Council (DCC) has taken a proactive and leadership role at city level to respond to new migration and its impact on the city. The Office for Integration was set up in 2006 as a strategic unit with the responsibility to facilitate understanding and commitment to diversity, integration and inclusion across the Council and to build relationships with civil society in areas such as education, public services, business, faith, culture, communities and etc.

Dublin always encourages the development of migrant entrepreneurship and supports their inclusion into local economies. In line with the focuses and objectives of DELI, Dublin works together with DELI partners on further examining local interacting socioeconomic factors to explore approaches to enhance the contribution of migrants to local economies and to make the entrepreneurship more accessible for all at different scales. More specifically, a number of tools are designed for research, outreach and local partnership within the lifespan of the DELI project. We cordially invite you to help us implement DELI in Dublin and enhance the City's policies in diversity, integration and inclusion, within a broader European context.

Please visit pjp-eu.coe.int/web/deli or www.dublincity.ie/deli or contact Declan Hayden at declan.hayden@dublincity.ie or Tiedong Yang at tiedong.yang@dublincity.ie for more details.

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