FOCUS – a research project on integration: How to live well together.
In 2015 and 2016, the EU experienced an unparalleled influx of refugees and migrants.
Although the number of refugees arriving in the EU 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 running from January 2019 to December 2021, 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).
Its overall aim is 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 foster successful integration and really help us to live well together.
Therefore, FOCUS will
- Map integration policies and practices and carry out major field studies at four research sites;
- Identify and pilot-test innovative practices for social and labour market integration and pilot-tests;
- Engage with policy makers to provide guidance on policy development and programme design.
FOCUS in a nutshell – get an overview of the project by watching our video.
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