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.

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.

Upcoming mental health training opportunities. Applications welcome. Red Cross Red Crescent Movement wide policy on MHPSS adopted. New research on MHPSS for volunteers. Job opening at PS Centre.

New PS Centre newsletter just published. Read more here:

"Making Migration and Integration Policies Future Ready" was the title of yesterday's @OECD High-Level Policy Forum in Paris. Check out the Executive Summary here: https://t.co/AhAsEydpfO. #FutureOfMigration @OECD_Social

Migration is about human beings & their drive for better lives. #OECD High Level Policy Forum on #Migration & #Integration can help turn migration into a win-win for migrants & host countries. We need all on board: policymakers, civil society, social partners, academia & migrants

@A_Gurria @OECD @OECD_Stat @stescarpetta @CitiesMigration @PopulationEU @SwissmissionEU @liebig_thomas @GKoumoutsakos @AWidmannMauz @ICMPD @suleymansoylu @CCastaner @CatalfoNunzia @HelenClarkUNDP @migrationsystem @JonathanChaloff @MigrationPolicy @UNmigration @MigObs @ICMigrations @OECD_Centre To address the #FutureOfMigration, how can governments prepare for the unexpected?
▶️ Make objectives more flexible
▶️ Form new partnerships
▶️ Seize potential of big data + technology
▶️ Increase capacity building
Learn more here 👉https://t.co/ZbnNwW5S5Y #FutureOfMigration

France welcomes 100 members of Iraq’s Yazidi community: https://t.co/WZKeoKP8tL. “These families have been through unimaginable trials” – #psychosocial support and dedicated #integration measures will be crucial. #FOCUSforRefugees [Photo: @UNmigration]

#WeTogether is the motto for today's international #MigrantsDay, originated by @UNMigration. Like and share to make it count. To understand how the FOCUS project improves #integration: https://t.co/bonO0wpfny #FOCUSforRefugees

We're launching our series of research & policy briefs! Number 1 is out today: https://t.co/Nhmc03d4Md. Learn more on current views, needs and knowledge gaps of senior professionals in #refugee #integration. #FOCUSforRefugees #migrationresearch #MigrantIntegrationEU #immigration

The World Migration Report 2018 has been widely used to counter racist and xenophobic messages on social media.

You can download the #WMR2020 here: https://t.co/1psyDbQGB9

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Integration in the German labour market works better than experts expected: https://t.co/cd175OEyjg. But #integration is not only about employment. Learn how #FOCUSforRefugees addresses the #psychosocial dimension of integration: https://t.co/DiDk1WbOGP. #migrantresearch

The last #H2020 calls in the area of Inclusive Societies (Migration, Transformation & Governance) are open from Nov 5 - March 12, 2020): https://t.co/24siOKKdUk. ARTTIC is happy to support with proposal writing, project management & communications. Get in touch via sc6@eurtd.com.

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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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