This is, undoubtedly, the field where GES has worked more extensively in recent years, in parallel with the increasing presence of migrants in our society, which we somehow anticipated. In this context, as early as at the beginning of the ’90 GES conducted two macroresearches for the Catalan Government: Migratory movements and Migration in Catalonia.

In later years, it is particularly worth mentioning the co-writing of “Strategical bases for a Migration Plan (in the Madrid Community); the evaluation of different external projects in this area, like an Equal one called Nexos; and the participation in a transnational project about the relations between migrants and the banking system.

But the real step forward takes place in 2001, when GES enters the RAXEN network as part of the Spanish unit working for the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) that later became the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). In the frame of this relationship, maintained until now, GES has been in charge of different tasks. The most important one is the elaboration of an annual report about racism and discrimination suffered by migrants and ethnic minorities in Spain in the fields of employment, education, legislation, housing and, more recently, health and migrants' participation in public life, in addition to a chapter about racial violence.

GES has also carried out for the Fundamental Rights Agency in one case and for the European Commission on another about the impact among Spanish enterprises and trade unions of the EU Directive about racial equality and about union practices to combat discrimination and to promote diversity. Another of the tasks carried out for the Fundamental Rights Agency has been a thematic study on racist and related hate crimes in Spain. Its last contribution to the Fundamental Rights Agency in this field has been a research on the severe forms of labour exploitation of migrants (the SELEX project).

In recent years, there have also been some evaluations of migration-related projects, like Bembea and Lungo Drom; the participation in a transnational project about the contribution of culture to the integration of migrants in Europe; the co-ordination of a transnational project called Smiling, devoted to the integration of qualified migrants in Europe, whose findings were later on adapted to the particular situation of Catalonia; and a research about racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia in Catalonia for the Jaume Bofill Foundation and of another about discrimination, young migrants and employment for the Agrupació Mútua Foundation.

GES has also taken part in a transnational project about the labour integration of undocumented immigrants called Undocumented Worker Transitions (UWT) and has assessed the pathways of integration into the Spanish society of those migrants related to the Urgent Reception Plan developed in the Canary Islands. It is also worth mentioning that the target population of the Break Through project are migrant women and that GES has helped the Federation of Senegalese' Associations in Catalonia in the drawing up of its Strategic Plan.

GES has also designed the plans for migrants' reception in six Catalan municipalities, Cadaqués, Castelló d'Empúries, L'Escala, La Jonquera, Roses and Sant Pere Pescador, and has assessed the intervention procedures regarding migrants' reception and social and labour integration followed by non-profit making organisations in the Region of Murcia, where it has also contributed to the design of an Observatory on Migration.

Its two more recent activities in this field have been the participation in a transnational research exploring the responses to forced labour in the European Union; a work of identification of examples of good practices in the labour integration programmes aimed at migrants funded by Public Employment Services and implemented by non-profit making organisations; and the participation in the transnational project Replace II, focused on the combat against female genital mutilation.

At present, GES is involved in two other projects dealing with immigration: the first one is a transnational research project funded by the European Commission (EUDiM project) on the management of cultural diversity in small and medium-sized enterprises. The project aims to analyse the current state of affiairs regarding the integration of third-country highly skilled migrants according to their degrees of knowledge and expertise into this kind of enterprises in Spain, while taking into account a framework of gradual acknowledgement of the importance of a good management of cultural diversity.

The other current project is the elaboration of the 2012-2013 report on the situation of discrimination and the implementation of the principle of equality of treatment on grounds of the ethnic or racial origin in Spain commissioned by the Spanish Equality Body.

L'altre treball actual és la realització de l'informe 2012-2013 sobre la situació de la discriminació i l'aplicació del principi de tracte per origen racial o ètnic, encarregat pel Consejo para la Igualdad de Trato y No Discriminación.

We also think it worthwhile to stress that the task in this field includes many facets, as it is proved by another of the most recent works: helping the Catalan town council of Salt to train migrants living in this area to cover the needs that local enterprises have of well-trained multilingual workers, thus also contributing to the social and labour integration of the former.

Lastly, it is also important to mention the co-foundation, in 1999, of ACISI, Association for Co-operation, Social Inclusion and Cross-culturality, with which GES co-operated in analysing migration in two Catalan areas, the Baix Ebre and the Baix Empordà.


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