New network focused on Mediterranean migration and integration

The international research centre CARDET, focal point of Social Watch in Cyprus, and the consultancy firm InnovADE launched the Mediterranean Migration Network (MMN), with the aim to promote collaboration and exchange of good practices among public and private stakeholders active in the fields of migration and integration.

The MMN was established and is coordinated by CARDET and InnovADE, within the context of the project “Establishment of multilateral networks with countries in the Mediterranean region” supported by the European Integration Fund of Third Country Nationals.

The action is co-funded by the European Integration Fund for Third Country Nationals (75%) and the Republic of Cyprus (25%).

The specific objectives of the network are to exchange information and best practices on the organizational structures of stakeholders active in the fields of migration, integration and diversity; to develop a collaborative framework among national and European public services and other relevant stakeholders; to develop and manage a database of resources on migration, integration and diversity; to build the professional capacity of the Network’s members through educational material and activities, and to promote the further collaboration among members of the MMN.

Migration is one of the key challenges that the European Union (EU) faces. What are the common challenges faced by EU member states in the Mediterranean region? How can EU member states better learn from each other? How can they collaborate to develop better policies and endorse practices that will facilitate migrant integration? These and other key issues will be addressed by the newly-established Mediterranean Migration Network (MMN).

The coordinator of this action coordinator is Sotiris Themistokleous, assistant director of CARDET (

Founded in Nicosia, Cyprus in 2004 by an international team of education and technology experts, CARDET (the Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology) is a non-profit research and development organization with strategic partners worldwide.

The mission of CARDET is to inspire innovation and to promote education, research, and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered professionals.

The organization provides evaluation, research, development, and training services to governmental agencies, private organizations, and NGOs. CARDET has successfully completed projects in more than 20 countries, in partnership with a number of private and public institutions, including EuropeAid, the Research Promotion Foundation, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, the International Council for Educational Media, and Microsoft.

InnovADE is an SME based in Cyprus, with a team of professionals with several years of experience in strategic visioning, business development, social entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, and academic industries.

Its project experiences and academic influences span the globe. Its goal is to assist clients to define and attain their Strategic Goals and achieve their operational objectives by providing unparallel level of expert support.

InnovADE works with organizations to help them streamline technological advancements and productivity tools into their processes to ensure that they improve performance, and increase their productivity and profitability. The InnovADE team has a positive outlook in formulating and solving problems, a passion and the commitment to clients, and its expertise, experience, and knowledge are the driving forces behind its business philosophy.

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