Fuenlabrada

Integration of migrants and refugees

MILMA Project - Migrants Labour Integration Model based on Acculturation Project

Fuenlabrada has a strong europeist vocation. Our main goal is that Fuenlabrada became a symbol of an open and inclusive city thanks to our social policies. UIA-MILMA Project is a great opportunity in order to achieve the integration between migrant and local population and labour inclusion of unemployed people.

Fco Javier Ayala Ortega, Mayor of Fuenlabrada
The project in numbers
4th
city in the Madrid Region in population (199,171 inhabitants)
41.7%
of the inhabitants are under 35 years old: Fuenlabrada is a young city
16707
small and medium enterprises. Fuenlabrada is the second city in the Madrid Region for business activity.
12,8%
of the inhabitants are migrants
3,593,342.20
Total ERDF budget granted
Challenge addressed

Fuenlabrada is a young working city located in the South of the metropolitan area of Madrid that in the last four decades has almost tripled its population as a result of an intense migratory process both national and international.

In the city, unemployment is especially high among lower skilled young people. The access to employment is one of the principal elements of the city’s social inclusion policies. Registered unemployment, in November 2017, was 14.225 people (5.889 men and 8.836 women), 1.834 of them are migrants (12.9%).

One of the main challenges of the city is the integration of people at risk of social exclusion, especially unemployed people. In this sense, the objective is to generate opportunities for the inhabitants, both local and migrants, in a collaborative way to access to the labour market.

As a result of this collaboration process the project expects to facilitate migrants’ social inclusion, as well as increase the possibilities to get a job or create a start-up company for unemployed people.

Solution proposed

The project will promote the integration between cultures through acculturation innovative programs. This will be based in a collaborative way in which local inhabitants and migrants will work together to increase their employability.

Business Challenges Labs (BC Labs) will be created with an active role of social economy companies, where the target groups will receive training oriented to generate the capacities (technical/practical skills) in niches of employment with present and future potential employment opportunities (Green Production, Urban Creation and Recycling, Communication and Production/Multimedia development, Integration and Installation of Devices, Digital Production, Provision of Elderly Care and Catering).

BC Labs will also improve the employability as well as foster entrepreneurship (by promoting the development of products and services demanded in the real job market).

The MILMA project expects that the BC Lab will strengthen social cohesion, both increasing the integration of migrants (collaborative actions with local citizens) and their labour opportunities.

Partnership
  • Municipality of Fuenlabrada
  • CIFE- Fuenlabrada Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Public agency
  • Santa María la Real Foundation - NGO
  • ASALMA - NGO
  • CESAL - NGO
  • Islamic Culture Centre of Fuenlabrada - NGO
Expected results

The development of the project seeks to reach the following results:

- It is expected that the incorporation of social companies to the training activities in the BC Labs will allow to improve personal and technical skills of the participants according to the real labour market.

- The close contact between locals and migrants in BC Labs will improve a real integration of migrants in the social context.

- Reduce the number of unemployed people in Fuenlabrada, through the increase of their possibilities to access the job market or through entrepreneurship. By the end of the project’s duration, at least, 20% of the participants will be inserted in the labour market.

Main milestones

September 2018: Identification of social companies

December 2018: Selection and establishment of partnership with the potential social enterprises. Adaptation of spaces and provision of equipment for the BC Labs.

April 2019: First Participants’ selection and creation of working groups of the Experimental Teams of Employment and Integration (ETEIs)& Identification of companies for the proposal of BC and Creation of a Social companies’ Network.

November 2019: Launching and execution of the first period of BC Labs

May 2020: Checking the ongoing delivery of key activities.

December 2020: Development of products, services and entrepreneurship in response to business challenges.

The project in numbers
4th
city in the Madrid Region in population (199,171 inhabitants)
41.7%
of the inhabitants are under 35 years old: Fuenlabrada is a young city
16707
small and medium enterprises. Fuenlabrada is the second city in the Madrid Region for business activity.
12,8%
of the inhabitants are migrants
3,593,342.20
Total ERDF budget granted
Contact of the project
Juan Carlos Hernandez Navas
Project Manager
Dario Mazella
UIA Expert

Project News

End of BC Labs first edition

Milma’s first edition of BC Labs has been completed

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What companies think about MILMA

What companies think about MILMA

MILMA’s Companies Network evaluated their collaboration after the end of the first project’s edition. After the first edition, more than 200 companies...
Pic from the Zoom-in

MILMA Zoom-in 1: The entrepreneurial approach

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Milma journal 4

MILMA's innovative approach towards improving integration of migrants - Journal 2

In his 2nd journal of the MILMA project, UIA expert Dario Mazzella highlights the progress of the MILMA Project in Fuenlabrada in the last month. It ...
Urban Future Golbal Conference

MILMA attended to the Urban Future Global Conference in Oslo

On 22nd and 23rd of May in Oslo took place the Urban Future Global Conference where many cities and entrepreneurs exchange their experience and vision...
First inter BC-Labs MILMA meeting

First inter BC-Labs MILMA meeting

On 17th may, all MILMA laboratories attended a meeting in order to make contact with the participants of the others labs. Before the meeting started, ...
MILMA BC Labs

MILMA BC-labs start! Building skills for labour and social inclusion

Since 25 March, all the laboratories have been launched and the partner companies are providing training in key areas identified in the previous phase...
Corina Creţu visit MILMA

Visit of the European Commissioner, Corina Creţu, to MILMA project

Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy in the European Commission since 2014, visited Fuenlabrada and the MILMA project. She set Fuen...
Milma Commission Research and Analysis

The Commission for Research and Analysis is constituted

Ten entities attended the first meeting for the constitution of the Commission that will be responsible for supporting the dissemination of training a...
ICT international conference MILMA

MILMA attended international practitioner exchange event on inclusive opportunities in ICT

The ‘Inclusive Opportunities for ICT’ conference, organised in Brussels on 06 and 07 February, gathered more than 100 experts from Europe and beyond. ...
II forum Sevilla

Javier Ayala presented Milma project in the II global forum of local governments, celebrated in Sevilla.

75 cities from all over the world were represented in the II Global Forum of Local Governments. The objective was to exchange on municipal policies in...
Informative session BC Labs

Participants selection process for MILMA’s BC Labs has begun

Participants will be integrated into seven working groups, and they will test an innovative methodology for employment....
Network of compabnies collaborating on MILMA

The network of companies that will collaborate on the MILMA project has been established

On 28 November 2018, 40 enterprises and entities have signed a Protocol with the City Hall of Fuenlabrada to collaborate on the MILMA project on innov...
Eurocities Forum

MILMA attends EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum Meeting

MILMA, through Fuenlabrada City Hall, attended EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum Meeting in Stuttgart to exchange experiences and good practices with ot...
Fuenlabrada Journal 1

MILMA UIA Expert Journal – creating an open and inclusive labour market

UIA Expert, Dario Mazella, gives a first look on how the project is being implemented ...

MILMA Project is working

Since the start phase finished MILMA team have been working on the survey and identification of potential social enterprises linked to theme of each d...

Let's get started!

Javier Ayala, Mayor of Fuenlabrada, has signed with MILMA Project’s partners the agreement for the Project implementation. This initiative has a budge...

Media

MILMA presentation video: better employment for social welfare

Stakeoholder's short interview - Gaia Inc.

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