Mobility as a Factor for a Successful Immigration

After having emigrated to a new country, the new citizens are often faced with the difficult procedure of integration. The first steps are to find work, to register with the health system, find suitable living space and to come to terms with a new language, unknown habits and unusual, new surroundings. In most EU countries, the immigration system permits people to integrate into already existing communities or such that still have to be established. There remains, however, the risk that the individuals do not understand how the different services and systems in their guest country work. The public transport systems in the European countries for example, are very complex. 

The simplest solution is often to use a car. But in times of climate change this is neither a sustainable nor reasonable choice. At the same time, buying a car is an unobtainable option for many immigrants. Studies and own activities of the TOGETHER consortium have shown that being mobile and having (simple) access to the different traffic means represents an essential prerequisite for finding work, social acceptance and being successfully integrated into the new society.

Developing Special Training Concepts

The TOGETHER project develops training concepts for an energy-efficient mobility of immigrants and implements these into pilot projects. The training concepts aim at informing the immigrants about energy-efficient mobility and to give them the necessary tools for using the environmentally friendly transport modes. TOGETHER wants to address specific target groups and lobbies in order to create tailor-made offers, which will increase the immigrants’ quality of life, improve their social integration and which protects the energy sources for future generations at the same time. 

All EU member countries face similar challenges regarding the immigration. The energy-efficient training and instruction materials developed, implemented and advertised by the TOGETHER project offer a great added value to the European Community. The TOGETHER materials are first of all used and tested in Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Austria and Great Britain. Subsequently, training activities, materials and results are to be presented to countries that are not represented in the consortium. 

A special focus will be placed on Southern and Eastern Europe. 
The composition and experience of the TOGETHER consortium ensures that by working closely together with the relevant target groups and key actors the planned activities are more likely to be successful.

Involving all Participants

A changing society requires new measures, oriented at the demographic development of the individual states. TOGETHER develops soft measures, supporting immigrants and their lobbies on the path to achieve a sustainable mobility. In order to establish a broad support, immigrants, teachers of formal and non-formal adult education, associations, lobbies, authorities and operators of public transport are involved in this process.

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Project Dates
ClientIntelligent Energy - Europe (IEE)
Project ManagerDI Willy Raimund
Project TeamMag. Robin Krutak
Mag. Reinhard Jellinek
Project PartnerMobiel21, Belgien (Koordinator)
Institute for Transport Economics, Norway
Austrian Mobility Research, Austria
Swedish Transport Administration, Sweden
Duration01/2011 – 12/2013