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 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.

#ThrowbackThursday: You missed our forum on co-creative and participatory approaches to dynamic #integration in February? We summarised the main insights here: 🚩The next FOCUS forum is coming up on 21 June, 15:00 - 16:45 CEST. 🚩

2nd FOCUS #Forum coming up!
📅 21 June, 15h CEST
Join us to discuss #mentalhealth & #psychosocialsupport in integration with Alison Strang @QMUniversity, Guglielmo Schinina @UNmigration, Dean Ajdukovic @Zagreb_Uni & FOCUS team @IFRC_PS_Centre
➡Sign up:

Esteemed FOCUS member Nahikari Irastorza from @MalmoMigration contributes to a new #MigrationResearch project: @whole_comm explores the #integration of post-2014 #migrants in small & medium-sized towns & rural areas from a Whole of Community perspective.

M8 Alliance Webinar Series on Migrant and Refugee Health: "How can strengthened healthcare for migrants foster Health for All?" 27 May, 10:00 –12:00 CET.
More info:
Registration: @WorldHealthSmt

This week, we had a workshop with #Syrian refugee youth in Turkey to address the challenges they face & co-create effective solutions for #MHPSS cross-border care for children, youth & families on the move, as part of our Seamless project.


Who wants to see a sneak peek of our new series!? 🙋
We asked #migrants what would make their lives easier in a foreign country and this is what they said...

Our new series, I Am European: Young Migrants Share Their Stories, will be released into the world on June 16!

Today is the first-ever #MentalHealthAction Day, and we’re excited to be part of a new global coalition. 🎉 🌎

With so many of our @gospeakyourmind partners taking part in this milestone day of action, we can’t wait to see what they have planned! 👀

At 12:00 pm starts today's session #4 of »Frontiers in Quantitative Migration Research«, presenting Sulin Sardoschau, BIM:

»Scared Straight? Threat and Assimilation of Refugees in Germany«

Direct Zoom link:

You're welcome!

ترقبونا اليوم في اطلاق التقرير الاستراتيجي افتراضياً في تمام الساعة ١١:٠٠ صباحاً -

Tune in today for the launching of the Strategic Report at 11:00 AM -



MTV is proud to be a founding partner in the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20th. Our plan is to encourage and empower people to take the next step for #MentalHealthAction.

Visit to learn more and join our efforts!

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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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