In 2015 and 2016, the EU experienced an unparalleled influx of refugees and migrants.

FOCUS: A research project on integration

How to live well together

FOCUS in a nutshell

FOCUS is an EU funded research project running from January 2019 to June 2022, led by the Red Cross’s Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support hosted by the Danish Red Cross with partners from nine countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark France, Germany, Ireland, Jordan and the United Kingdom).

It aims to make an impact on both research and practice by understanding and improving the dynamics of integration in Jordan, Croatia, Germany and Sweden. A special emphasis is put on identifying and capitalising on the psychological and social factors that support integration and really help us to live well together.

Therefore, FOCUS

  • Maps integration policies and practices and carry out major field studies at four research sites;
  • Identifies and pilots innovative practices for social and labour market integration and pilot-tests;
  • Engages with policy makers to provide guidance on policy development and programme design.

The 1st FOCUS Forum was a success: 44 participants. One of them stated: “I wish this very interesting webinar would be a one- or even two-day thing. I'd love to hear more.” Thanks to our amazing speakers Moses, Adnan & Bilal! Join the FOCUS community: https://t.co/jkCQ2q7kPy!

It’s tomorrow - we can't wait for the #FOCUSforRefugees Living Well Together Forum I! You can still register until 8 pm tonight: https://t.co/skfE8sfcDk.

At the #FOCUSforRefugees Living Well Together Forum I on 23 Feb, our three amazing speakers will comment on their individual experiences with dynamic #integration. Learn more and register here: https://t.co/2bKSnJULoQ

Join us on Monday, 22 Feb, for a policy roundtable: "Quality Newspapers vs. Populism: Media and attitudes towards immigration in Europe", with @LauBerard, @RebHarms, @EuroSandor, @RSF_en & @VolkerHeins.

Details and registration here:
https://t.co/tfTIjSlDaZ

The first issue of the new German 'Journal of Migration Studies' just came out & we are glad to be on board - with Andreas Niederberger's article "Crisis of Migration Ethics: A few philosophical considerations".

It's open access (in German):
https://t.co/DdD7txWKuo

Confirmed external speakers for the #FOCUSforRefugees 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝘂𝗺 𝗜 on 23 Feb:
• Adnan Abdul Ghani @raddabarnen
• Bilal Almobarak @SGN_Support
• Moses Seitler @Refugee_Support
Last chance to register: https://t.co/vAwrzypdz7.

Yesterday was the #InternationalDayOfWomenAndGirlsInScience. Thank you to all the female scientists on the FOCUS team for your valuable contributions! #IDWGS2021 #FOCUSforRefugees https://t.co/GwoxwHzwX2

Two weeks left to register for the #FOCUSforRefugees 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝘂𝗺 𝗜: https://t.co/ph2qQt4v6E. On 23 February, 14-15:30 CET, we will focus on the big question: How to make #integration practices dynamic, co-creative and participatory?

@FOCUS_Refugees is hosting their first Living Well Together Online Forum on February 23rd. Three civil society organisations will be discussing dynamic #integration .

For more information and registration: https://t.co/a6eMIlXCxs

#PSCentre #IFRC #MHPSS #MentalHealth

Looking back on the recent #FOCUSforRefugees consortium meeting. Thank you everyone for participating to a virtual yet successful meeting. @danskrodekors @MalmoMigration @ARTTIC_Inno @q4 @IFRC_PS_Centre @AnoukBoschma @Mrthbrd #integration #mentalhealth #mentalhealth #MHPSS

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Do you share our interest in fostering integration with a strong focus on agency and inter-group relations, and on emotional and social capability? Sign up to the FOCUS community to receive updates on project results and activities and get involved!


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 822401.

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