FOCUS – a research project on refugees and host communities: How to live well together.
In 2015 and 2016, the EU experienced an unparalleled influx of refugees and migrants.
Although the number of arriving refugees is decreasing, the situation poses multiple challenges for social and health services and labour markets in the receiving countries as well as for the lives of the refugees.
FOCUS is an EU-funded research project to improve the understanding of the relations between refugee / host communities in Jordan, Croatia, Germany and Sweden. These countries have been selected to allow for a good comparison between Jordan as a first country of asylum / host, Croatia as a transit state, and Sweden and Germany as major destination countries for Syrian refugees. It investigates the social dynamics and conditions of successful integration.
- FOCUS will develop and test innovative solutions for social and labour market integration. These solutions will be made available to integration practitioners in form of a Refugee and Host Community Toolbox.
- FOCUS will engage directly with practitioners to make sure that the proposed solutions match their needs and foster successful integration work.
- FOCUS will also work with policy makers – from local up to European level – to support an informed design of the legal and socio-political framework of integration.
This dialogue will be supported by the FOCUS Network of Host Communities.
FOCUS in a nutshell – get an overview of the project by watching our video.