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

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.

Integration in the German labour market works better than experts expected: But #integration is not only about employment. Learn how #FOCUSforRefugees addresses the #psychosocial dimension of integration: #migrantresearch

The last #H2020 calls in the area of Inclusive Societies (Migration, Transformation & Governance) are open from Nov 5 - March 12, 2020): ARTTIC is happy to support with proposal writing, project management & communications. Get in touch via

The EU's #Horizon2020 research programme makes migration a priority: A total of 29 million Euro will be allocated to address various dimensions of #migrant #integration. For the year 2020, calls for proposals open in November: #FOCUSforRefugees

Today, the FOCUS team met for a workshop at the @ARTTIC_RTD premises in Munich, Germany. In the centre of the discussions: community engagement. Thank you @Q4 and @IFRC_PS_Centre for your valuable input today. #FOCUSforRefugees

In FOCUS newsletters we give updates on the project status and an outlook on what's ahead. We announce events and introduce consortium members. If you're interested in #integration, #migrantresearch and #refugeeinclusion, sign up here: #FOCUSforRefugees

So proud, because we just published our first newsletter:! Solidarity between #refugees and members of #HostCommunities is the main goal of #FOCUSforRefugees. Let us show you how we approach this goal & sign up for our newsletter:

Wrapping up day 2 of our second Consortium Meeting. Thanks to the participation of all partners we move ahead with the research work: planning field studies and building the FOCUS community. More working meetings planned. Safe travels to all! #FOCUSforRefugees #migrationresearch

Day 1 of our second Consortium Meeting was busy and successful: The questionnaires for the field studies were put to the test. Key statements were collected by the team from @ChariteBerlin as basis for discussion. Our résumé: #FOCUSforRefugees is going strong. Tomorrow more.

FOCUS project partners are getting ready for the second Consortium Meeting. This time, we concentrate on preparing the field studies and choosing the right strategies for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. #FOCUSforRefugees #MigrationResearch #integration

Today's #FollowFriday goes out to "Cities of Migration" @CitiesMigration: This international project showcases innovative ideas on #immigrant #integration from cities across the 🌍. #FOCUSforRefugees @GDXryerson @RyersonU

The second International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS) will take place in Cairo, Egypt on 20-21 January 2020. The deadline for proposal submission has been prolonged until 9 Sept:

Study reveals low standards in #refugee integration across the EU: With this report the NIEM (National Integration Evaluation Mechanism) project launches regular evaluations of governments' responses to the challenge of #integration. #FOCUSforRefugees

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