Flanders launches platform to help new residents integrate
Flanders has launched a new platform to foster the integration of new residents in the region. The ikdoemee.be platform was launched on Tuesday in Halle by the Agency for Integration and Civic Integration.
Among other things, it provides new residents with information about events and activities where they can practise speaking Dutch and expand their social and professional networks.
Since October, local authorities have been able to register events and activities on ikdoemee.be. Since then, 330 activities and 105 organisations have been listed.
"These activities are part of the integration process, but can also be pursued after obtaining the integration certificate," said Flemish Interior minister Gwendolyn Rutten, whose portfolio also includes Integration and Equal Opportunities.
The activities are divided into six categories according to their objectives, such as helping newcomers learn Dutch, meeting new people or making friends. Other categories include teaching newcomers something new, helping them to become volunteers and preparing them for work.
Icons help potential participants to see what level of Dutch is required to participate in each activity.
The platform is part of a wider campaign in which the agency is also organising meeting days between integrators, volunteers, local governments and local organisations.
#FlandersNewsService | Flemish Interior minister Gwendolyn Rutten © BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK