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 June 2022, led by the IFRC 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).

It aims 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 support integration and really help us to live well together.

Therefore, FOCUS

  • Maps integration policies and practices and carry out major field studies at four research sites;
  • Identifies and pilots innovative practices for social and labour market integration and pilot-tests;
  • Engages with policy makers to provide guidance on policy development and programme design.

Introducing the FOCUS podcast on dynamic integration

FOCUS has created a podcast where we discuss the different aspects of dynamic integration. Episode 1 - Co-creative and participatory approaches to dynamic integration, based on our Living Well Together Forum in February, is out now - enjoy!The FOCUS Living Well...

Living Well Together Forum II

21 June 2021, 15h-16h45 CEST This webinar will bridge research and practice by discussing the practical implications of social bonds, bridges and links and their relationship to mental health as fundamental element of dynamic integration! Sign up here With three...

New report out: The economic impact of Syrian refugees in Sweden

This report by Haodong Qi (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University / Stockholm University Demography Unit) analyses the economic impact of forced migration on the host country. Specifically, it quantifies the magnitude of the...

The MAX Diversity Film Festival offers amateur and professional filmmakers a possibility to change the narratives around #migration. Deadline for submissions: Deadline 20.08. @MAXproject4

We have decided to delete our tweet from earlier today regarding our survey on dynamic integration as we have been made aware of the fact that it is not fully GDPR-compliant.
We take GDPR very seriously and will launch an improved and fully compliant survey after the summer.

📌 On 9th July at ⌚️12.30pm @ReSOMA_EU & @IMISCOE will host a Twitter Chat on Anti-racism.
If you want to contribute to the dialogue with your evidence and influence the #European #Migration Agenda, join us by using the hashtag 👇#AntiracismIMISCOE

After this inspiring keynote by Prof. Jaan Valsiner — "all of us being migrants is what keeps our society alive" — we wish all presenters and participants of the #IMISCOE2021 conference a good start into the first round of sessions.

#ThrowbackThursday: You missed our forum on co-creative and participatory approaches to dynamic #integration in February? No problem – we have summarised the main insights for you.
Summary brief:

New FOCUS research paper: "The economic impact of Syrian #refugees in Sweden".
This report by Haodong Qi from FOCUS partner @MalmoUniversity analyses the economic impact of forced #migration on the host country by the example of Syrian refugees in Sweden:

Last chance to register for the FOCUS Forum II (TODAY): "Mental health & #psychosocial support in dynamic #integration".
📅 21.06., 15h CEST
➡ Sign up:
If you missed Forum I, listen to podcast #1:

Living Well Together Forum II

Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in dynamic integration

Today's #WorldRefugeeDay 2021 focuses on
the power of #inclusion. This is exactly what FOCUS is all about: Together #withrefugees

Reminder for FOCUS Forum II: "Mental health & #psychosocial support in dynamic #integration".
📅 21.06., 15h CEST
➡ Sign up:
There will be another podcast episode for this online event. If you missed Forum I, listen to podcast #1:

Living Well Together Forum II

Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in dynamic integration

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Join the FOCUS community

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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