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 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 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.

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.

A new 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 by the European Commission actively involves #migrants, #asylum applicants and refugees to make #migration, asylum and #integration policies more effective. Interested in participating? Apply until 21 September:

#whatmatters #whatworks
The #FOCUSforRefugees newsletter June edition is out

❗ Two briefs on what matters and what works in #integration
📽YouTube channel to discover the FOCUS approach
🎡How to engage with us

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#EPICnewsletter | June edition is out with the latest project updates in

📊Surveys and focus group to map #migration & #integration practices
🎧#Hatespeech prevention webinar
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🥳 We're launching the FOCUS #YouTube channel:! You will find our project video and much more content to dive deeper into our approach. Watch what our understanding of #integration looks like! #FOCUSforRefugees #MigrantResearch

To all the emergency staff / volunteers and health care professionals out there: How are you really doing? Researchers from @uniinnsbruck conduct an online survey on the psychosocial and #emotional well-being during the #COVID__19 #pandemic:

This report by the Immigrant Council of Ireland outlines the current situation with local #migrant integration plans in Ireland: The report makes numerous recommendations for effective #integration. Well done, @immigrationIRL! #FOCUSforRefugees

📽️🎞️The storytelling in this short film by award-winning stop motion animation director @CProwseAnimator is so powerful that words are dispensable: . @refugeecouncil #FamiliesTogether #FOCUSforRefugees #MigrantIntegrationEU #displacement

Medically qualified #migrants needed: The German website @match4health_ created by students and hackers, seeks to match healthcare workers and volunteers to clinics and care homes needing support: #FOCUSforRefugees #COVID19

#LancetMigration is promoting a migrant-inclusive #COVID19 response 🌎 by 1) encouraging action on our #LancetMigration 3 asks in our Global Call to Action 2) linking with regional partners to advocate 3) forming a knowledge platform 🙌 Join us here —>

#WHO has released safe #ramadan practices in the context of the #Covid_19 – an interim guidance: Whilst staying physically distant the faithful can still reflect, pray, share and care. #FOCUSforRefugees Photo by T Foz on Unsplash

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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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