HOME AWAY FROM HOME: best practices in the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in European societies

5 Participating countries:
Start: 01-02-2017 - End: 31-08-2019
Project Reference: 2016-3-HR01-KA205-034797
EC Grant: 193,365 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for youth

Summary

Our strategic partnership project HOME AWAY FROM HOME specifically addresses the challenges related to integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants into European communities and aims at identifying, analysing and promoting innovative and community based approaches to integration of new citizens of Europe.
Over the past few years, sentiments within the EU towards migration have become increasingly negative. The challenge of how to facilitate the inclusion of a growing number of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and enhance their participation in the new societies has been increasingly gaining importance in many host countries.
As a result, our project aims to contribute to the shortage of research on not only innovative community integration approaches but also on comparative research across various European countries which focuses on the overall integration projects and experiences and includes feedback from the refugees, asylum seekers and migrants themselves. It is increasingly important for such a project to be conducted transnationally in order to include both long standing recipient/host countries, transit countries and new host countries.
Our project team is composed of 4 civil society organisations and one university, all of us having different yet complementary competences and experience to invest in the project.
The overall objective of the project HOME AWAY FROM HOME: best practices in the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in European societies is to contribute to the better integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Europe through promoting innovative youth actions and empowering young volunteers and professionals.
The specific project objectives are as follows:
1. to document and disseminate best practices of innovative community integration approaches initiated by youth or in which youth play a major role;
2. to raise the capacities of young volunteers and professionals for supporting the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

The project will implement the following activities:
1. Research - a comparative research across various European countries which focuses on experiences involving youth and includes feedback from the refugees, asylum seekers and migrants themselves.
2. Developing training modules for work on integration issues and training of youth - the main aim is the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies for community mobilisation around integration issues.
3. Dissemination - dissemination activities will combine elements of working at the grass-root level as well as a social networking approach. The main dissemination channel will be our online platform, while the social media channels will further facilitate engagement and publicize the online web platform. Additionally, each partner will organize a multiplier event in their country which will promote the project’s intellectual outputs.
The project’s activities will have the following important methodological characteristics: they will have both national and international dimension; they will bring together research and practice in iterative ways; they will foster mutual learning among project partners in order to ensure complementarity of our expertise and maximise the impact of our work and finally, the project outputs will take the form that will easily allow their re-application and transferability.
The project targets around 2000 participants - staff and constituencies of participating organisations, youth, academics, practitioners, civil society organisations working with youth and on integration issues. The project will also reach around 40 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and involve them in our research.
The project will achieve following results: strengthened capacities and competences of 5 European organisations/institutions for work with youth on generating innovation in integration approaches as well as for transnational cooperation; collected 15-18 examples of innovative practice of integration of r/as/m at the community level; produced online platform to facilitate promotion and exchange of innovative methodologies, strategies and approaches to integration; developed and piloted training module for work with youth on integration issues and community building developed and piloted. 25 young people will be trained to identify, innovate and generate actions for integration of r/as/m. A pan-European network of youth working on integration issues at the community level will be established and 250 youth and other stakeholders of integration processes will be directly informed about innovative integration approaches and training methodologies for work with youth at the community level.
In the long run, Home away From Home is envisaged to make contribution to sustainable inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in communities around Europe and support the youth in becoming active, responsible and open-minded members of society.

Results

Results for this project are not yet available. They might become available after the project's end date.

Coordinator

Centar za mir, nenasilje i ljudska prava - Osijek

TRG AUGUSTA ŠENOE 1, 31000
OSIJEK
Osječko-baranjska županija
HR

Organisation type: Civil Society Organisation

Partners

The World of NGOs
Vienna
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
Tumult vzw
Mechelen
Prov. Antwerpen
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LBG
LONDON
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst e.V.
Köln
NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise

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