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Learning about Slovenian history, culture and its constitutional set up

By teaching refugees about various cultural and historical aspects of Slovenian society, the project helped them understand their host country and integrate easier into society.

Project dates:  01/08/2011 - 30/11/2011ERFSlovenia

Centre for adolescents

A total of 17 unaccompanied minors were provided with accommodation, while others benefited from support services – including psycho-social support, legal advice, and professional orientation – during this six-month project.

Project dates:  01/07/2011 - 31/12/2011ERFGreece

Provision of legal representation to asylum seekers

Asylum seekers in Bulgaria received free and independent legal advice, raising awareness of their rights and obligations during the Refugee Status Determination Procedure.

Project dates:  14/06/2011 - 30/06/2011ERFBulgaria

Support for authorities working on asylum cases for unaccompanied minors

By bringing together everyone involved in the asylum process, the project developed evaluation methods for trials involving unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.

Project dates:  01/01/2011 - 29/02/2012ERFAustria

Italian Liaison Officer

A new UK liaison post was established within the Italian Interior Ministry to help solve operational issues and to overcome the cultural and language barriers, thereby improving cooperation between the two countries on the practical implementation of Dublin II Regulation.

Project dates:  01/01/2011 - 31/12/2012ERFUnited Kingdom

Improvement of asylum seekers’ reception conditions through developed and combined support services

By strengthening the support services available to refugees and asylum seekers in Estonia, this project helped these persons to integrate into social networks and the political and legal system.

Project dates:  01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011ERFEstonia

Working with refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma

Training the staff who are required to interact frequently with vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees led to more effective and sensitive assistance, tailored to the migrants’ situation and needs.

Project dates:  01/11/2010 - 31/10/2013ERFIeland

Beyond Vulnerability 2

Over 700 vulnerable asylum seekers received help with social and economic integration in Italy.

Project dates:  09/08/2010 - 30/06/2011ERFItaly

Lisanga: Supporting autonomous living for unaccompanied minors

Each year 40 unaccompanied minors receive support and practical assistance to help them build an autonomous life for themselves in Belgium.

Project dates:  01/06/2010 - 30/05/2012ERFBelgium

Press campaign to raise awareness of issues concerning beneficiaries of international protection

An estimated 75 000 members of the general public were reached by this campaign, which sought to minimise xenophobia and racism towards beneficiaries of international protection.

Project dates:  03/03/2010 - 30/06/2010ERFCyprus

New Home IV

Some 206 hours of counselling and assistance were given to vulnerable refugees, and 15 flats were furnished for 24 persons, facilitating smoother integration into their new life in the Czech Republic.

Project dates:  01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010ERFCzech Republic

Access to legal aid for asylum seekers

By providing practical support and assistance, including free legal aid, this project contributed to more fair and objective asylum proceedings.

Project dates:  01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010ERFSlovakia

Civil Society and Refugees 2009

Increasing awareness in Portuguese society of refugees and the problems that they face was the key objective of this one-year project.

Project dates:  01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010ERFPortugal

KITU: mental health services for asylum seeker children and young people who have been victims of torture and who are severely traumatised

Psychiatric treatment and therapy were provided for traumatised asylum seeker children, who had been victims of torture prior to arrival in Finland.

Project dates:  01/01/2010 - 31/12/2012ERFFinland

Changemakers 3: Promoting equality for the gay community among refugees

The ‘changemakers’ in this project are those grass roots organisations created by refugees and in a position to guide a change in mentality towards the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Project dates:  01/11/2009 - 30/06/2011ERFNetherlands

Reception of deaf and hearing impaired asylum seekers and new arrivals

Sweden was able to step up its support for asylum seekers with hearing impairments following this three-year project.

Project dates:  01/04/2009 - 31/03/2012ERFSweden

Cross-culturally sensitive psychological support for asylum seekers suffering from severe mental health problems

Over the course of three years, 177 asylum seekers suffering from severe mental health problems benefitted from one-to-one psychological support.

Project dates:  01/01/2009 - 30/12/2011ERFLuxembourg

Assistance for children applying for asylum in the accommodation and procedures centres of the Romanian Immigration Office

Over the course of six months, the organisation ‘Save the Children’ fully furnished and equipped five rooms in Romanian reception centres to provide social and psychological counselling to asylum seeker children and facilitate their access to education.

Project dates:  24/10/2008 - 31/12/2008ERFRomania

Psychological research and model out-patient clinic for refugees

Researchers and therapists worked together to develop a unique form of psychotherapy for vulnerable refugees during this project. During its three-year lifespan, 80 refugees were first examined and then treated.

Project dates:  01/01/2008 - 31/12/2010ERFGermany

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