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 June 2022, 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).

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.

You're interested in #MigrantResearch and the role of #MentalHealth in #integration? Sign up for the #FOCUSforRefugees newsletter here: https://t.co/Er5CaY3f4G.

These guidelines, published by @UNmigration, aim to support resettlement actors and practitioners in understanding and addressing the #MHPSS needs of refugees throughout the resettlement cycle.

Download the guidelines: https://t.co/Cu3VLt2LZW

#MentalHealthMatters #PSCentre

📖 New publication: "Training Kit for Empowering Refugee-Led Community Organisations - Literature Review": https://t.co/L0ezKsEEt5. #integration #MigrantResearch #RefugeeInclusion @aditusNGO @CRefugeeCouncil @VluchtelingWerk @ecre @maltesejesuits @MosaicoRefugees @stichtingsyvnl

Preliminary findings of #FOCUSforRefugees presented by Nahikari Irastorza & Jason Tucker from @MalmoMigration at the open seminar: "Welcome to the #Migration". 29 April, 14.15 - 16.00, Zoom: https://t.co/Ih29gQhbPx (ID: 623 7175 5171, Code: 029556). @MalmoUniversity #integration

Language barriers are always in the way of #integration. To overcome those barriers, the German designer Gosia Warrink initiated the aid-project ICOON in 2015. @icoonbook is a picture dictionary for #refugees and their helpers, available as app and book: https://t.co/6feNGvaM9c.

#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. Read and download the brief here: https://t.co/2yW5sxFRMH.

Some personal news...👀

We're changing our name to reflect our focus on education.

Keep your eyes peeled on April 28th or sign up to our newsletter to get the full story:

https://t.co/HqKNTjmRqJ

Training opportunities for graduate students and emerging scholars in the field of in #MigrationResearch: The Migration Research Gyms offer a small class setting, mentorship and hands-on-learning. Program for spring 2021: .

Migration Research Gyms

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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.

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