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.Β 

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 –Β  get a quick overview of the project by watching our video.

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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175 cities have now said YES to welcoming refugees.

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How do we know if refugees and host communities integrate beyond checking whether refugees manage to find a job? @FOCUS_Refugees researchers from @MalmoMigration , #FFZG, @q4, and @danskrodekors identified this knowledge gap and developed a road map to address this. picΒ©@ifrc

Enjoying the #imiscoe2019 conference? Come again next year: 30 June - 2 July in Luxembourg on β€˜Crossing borders, connecting cultures.' More on the @imiscoe webpage soon. @uni_lu @birte_nienaber

Our partner @MalmoUniversity hosts and sponsors #imiscoe2019, the 16th Annual Conference "Understanding international migration in the 21st century" from 26-28 June: #FOCUSforRefugees #migrationresearch #migration #refugees @MalmoMigration @IMISCOE

Exciting week ahead; the migration research community will convene @MalmoMigration for the #imiscoe2019 Annual Conference. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Faces, statements, experiences: Our recommended read for today’s #WorldRefugeeDay is this fantastic collection of 1.500 (!) #refugee testimonials: You can filter the stories by country and there’s also a video section. #FOCUSforRefugees @iamamigrant

πŸ₯³ .@CORDIS_EU published a news article about the launch of the new #FOCUSforRefugees website including our project introduction video:! It's worth to take a look at the great "News & events" section at CORDIS.

πŸ₯³πŸ₯³ Two reasons to celebrate today: The #FOCUSforRefugees website has been launched, including our brand new project introduction video: πŸ‘‰πŸ½πŸ‘‰πŸΎπŸ‘‰ Thank you to everyone who contributed to these two milestones! #integration #displacement #refugees

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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.