The Includ-EU project was jointly run by IOM and the Assembly of European Regions (AER) with funding of the European Union (EU) that ran from January 2020 to December 2022, with the closing conference held in Brussels in September 2023.

The project was dedicated to promoting the integration of third-country nationals (TCNs) and individuals with migratory backgrounds at the local and regional levels across Europe.

Includ-EU aimed to contribute to building more inclusive and cohesive European societies by enhancing transnational knowledge and experience sharing, cooperation and partnerships between local and regional authorities from Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, and Spain.

The project:

  • Improved knowledge and capacities of local and regional authorities from partner countries to facilitate the integration of TCNs;
  • Implemented and assessed pilot projects that promote the integration of TCNs at regional and local levels;
  • Created a network of regional and local authorities, capitalising on diverse territorial approaches and policies to enhance integration in critical areas such as healthcare, education, labour inclusion, housing, and building connections within host communities.

Includ-EU developed a wealth of best practices for providing accessible services at the local and regional levels, aligning with the EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027. To read more about the project please visit:

You can find detailed information about Romania on the Includ-EU page, and about the project in Romania by following this link (Romanian language only).

Includ-EU was funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (DG HOME).