Integration of resettled refugees

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Presentation Ceremony for the Adult Refugee Programme - 2012 Kerry Education Service Ireland
Evaluation of the Gateway Protection Programme Maggie Cramb & Jo Hudek UK
The Swedish Refugee quota Migrationsverket - Swedish Migration Board Sweden
FA.RE. Feasibility Study for an Italian Resettlement Programme Italian Ministry of Interior Affairs, Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) Italy
What did the UDI do in 2011? - Annual Report UDI - Norvegian Directorate of Immigration Norway
Comparative study on the best practices for the integration of resettled refugees in EU member states Study by the Directorate-General for internal policies, Policy department - European Parliament
Policies and practices in the health-related reception of quota refugees in Denmark, Danish Medical Journal 59/1 Hanne W. Frederiksen, Allan Krasnik & Marie Nørredam Denmark
Statistical Overview - Migration and Asylum 2011 The Danish Immigration Service Denmark
Rain is beautiful Nick Francis & Mark Silver Sweden
Don't give up - you have to fight! Mariana Femling Sweden
Zuwanderer auf Deutschland vorbereiten: Handlungsempfehlungen und Strategien Sarah Tietze, IOM Nuremberg Germany
Begeleiding bij integratie Vluchtelingenwerk Netherlands
Samen Inburgeren Vormingplus & Inburgering Antwerpen Belgium
Early experiences of Young Sudanese resettled to Finland Saija Niemi Finland
Welcome to Sheffield ICMC Europe
Welcome to Europe - A Guide to Resettlement ICMC Europe
EU Resettlement News Digest - 17 August 2012 Linking-In EU Resettlement
Etude Biennale - Les acquis du projet européen 'Réseau pour l'Intégration des Réinstallés' France Terre d'Asile France

PolicESOL Language course - South Wales Police and Cardiff Council ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) Services

Working together, South Wales’ Police and Cardiff Council ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) service developed the PolicESOL language course. The course aims to develop English language skills and provide participants with an understanding of their respective rights and responsibilities. It also aims to build a relationship of trust with the police. The course consists of a number of training sessions, each designed specifically to provide knowledge and understanding of how to live safely in the UK and abide by the law.

Living Spirit: Muslim Women and Human Rights Forum: the right to participate in social change - Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

Over 140 women and girls from a variety of different cultural backgrounds attended this one-day interactive forum52, aiming to:

  • Promote harmony and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims;
  • Develop strategies to combat religious and racial discrimination and vilification against women;
  • Provide an effective way of making Muslim women’s voices heard and for them to express their concerns, needs and aspirations;
  • Increase understanding of legal protections against discrimination and vilification in Australia.

SPIRIT – Finnish Red Cross

The Spirit project, led by the Finnish Red Cross, encourages municipalities to be more open to receiving refugees by confronting negative attitudes towards foreigners and raising community awareness about refugees. To do this the project has developed civic participation through volunteering activities related to refugee reception and integration; promoted cooperation between local NGOs and authorities and clarified stakeholders’ mandates and responsibilities.

Pre-Arrival Community Preparedness, Operation Swaagatem-Bhutanese Case Study-Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISS of BC)

In 2008, Canada agreed to resettle 5000 Bhutanese refugees over a four-year- period from camps in Nepal, for the first time. The NGO, Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISS of BC), decided to organise a pre-arrival community planning forum. The aim of the planning forum was to inform the community and mainstream services about the arrival of the Bhutanese refugees, to involve them in the process and coordinate a welcome for the newly arriving refugees. In preparation, forum organisers consulted the local Nepalese community

'Gun ons de tijd...' Werkboek psychosociale begeleiding bij hervestigde vluchtelingen / 'Grant us time...'. Manual psychosocial support to resettled refugees

Since 2010 resettled refugees are placed immediately after arrival in the Netherlands in their new hometown. It is usually the responsibility of the local counsellors of Dutch Council for Refugees to take care of resettled refugees and guide them as they arrive in their municipality. This manual is intended to help the counsellors when faced with psychosocial problems of (resettled) refugees. It concerns both psychological problems and social problems caused by them.

If you as a (voluntary) counsellor encountering such a situation, what can you do with it? What could be done by yourself and when to turn to others? And how exactly can you deal with such issues or monitor referrals? Read this practical guide and find answers to many questions that you may have - or at some point may be confronted with.

This workbook was developed in consultation with counsellors of DCR and their managers. Discussions with them identified the medical and behavioural problems they encounter and also clarified the way they use to deal with these situations. We also looked for experiences abroad with resettled refugees and the methods and tools that are proven effective in tackling such psychosocial problems among (resettled) refugees. The content of the manual proceeds from general information, through examples of practical situations, to concrete and practical tools that can be helpful in order to have good contact with the refugees themselves and with local caretakers and service providers. After outlining the new care model (Chapter 1), in Chapter 2 the concept of vulnerability as well as the scope of 'burdensome' and 'protective' factors which affect resettled refugees are discussed. Chapter 3 discusses in a structured way what a counsellor can do, i.e. how to deal with the complaints and problems of refugees. As such the first steps preferably have to be taken already before the arrival of a resettled refugee. In chapter 4, four cases (situations) are presented in a fixed format. It discusses topics such as physical and psychological symptoms, refugees with disabilities and high expectations parenting problems but also the avoidance of care (non compliance) and organizing cooperation in healthcare. Each of the cases ends with some lessons learned. The workbook concludes with a number of attachments. Some of these include tools that help counsellors to create fruitful contact with caregivers and resettled refugees as well. Good contact with a resettled refugee at the beginning of his stay in the new 'homeland' makes it more bearable. For a fresh start in a new country is not easy for anyone. But with support, guidance and good luck the resettled refugees and their children can regain their balance over time. They might even feel at home after some time!

Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities

This paper will provide an overview of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and some of the new ways refugee resettlement has affected communities. It will also explore the recent rise in anti-refugee sentiment and
activity in three states. The paper includes recommendations for mitigating antirefugee sentiment, fighting anti-resettlement efforts when they emerge, and strengthening the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The goal of these recommendations is to ensure that the U.S. continues to lead the world in providing a safe haven to refugees, to integrate newcomers successfully, and to create and maintain thriving, diverse communities that are a model for the rest of the world.

Responding to Trauma - Handbook based on experiences of Afghan refugee women living in Finland

As more traumatized refugees are coming to settle in Finland, it would be beneficial for social and health workers to understand basic trauma theories, symptoms and reactions and support methods. It is for this purpose that the following thesis booklet was written, regarding responding to trauma, based on experiences from Afghan women. While there are few books written on this topic, it is helpful to have a compact handbook, with precise information, for students and workers to refer to, regarding this subject. Research for this thesis booklet included both qualitative and quantitative methods, with more emphasis on qualitative. There was a considerable amount of research on trauma, Afghanistan, refugees, crisis counseling and mental health. Theories were explored regarding effects of trauma and studies were examined in correlation with post traumatic stress disorder clients. Six interviews were conducted with refugees from Afghanistan now living in Finland and five interviews with Finnish professionals working with traumatized refugees from different countries. From the research and interviews, it is the author’s conclusion that there is a real problem with the amount of trauma many refugees have experienced and the need for healing so that a full and satisfying life in Finland can be realized. Not all refugees will need professional therapy but it is helpful for social and health workers to understand the symptoms and be able to guide the refugee to appropriate channels of support. In conclusion, from the materials gained in this research, there are plans to form and teach a short seminar on trauma for students and professionals in Finland. Also, there is a possibility of setting up a partnership program for students and refugees, initially in Tampere, and then perhaps to other Universities in Finland.

Amir's Volunteering - A guide on involving young asylum seekers and refugees as volunteers. Experiences, ideas and recommendations

The background for this guide is a cooperation project between the Danish Red Cross and the British Red Cross, supported by the EU. The project, which ran from 2011 to 2013, has looked at young asylum seekers’ and refugees’ participation in volunteering and has studied why it does not appear to be widespread among this group, what the benefits of such participation might be for both the young people and the volunteer organisations.

Amir's volunteering - a study on volunteering as a pathway to social inclusion for young asylum seekers and refugees

Could more be done to strengthen young asylum seekers’ and refugees’ inclusion into European society?
Could participation in voluntary service provide a tool to achieve this, and what would be required to make this a reality, both practically and structurally?
These questions form the core of the project entitled Volunteering for Social Inclusion (VSI) - a social experimental, comparative study of voluntary service as a possible way towards young asylum seekers’ and refugees’ social inclusion, financed by the EU and implemented in a bilateral cooperation between the Danish Red Cross and the British Red Cross during the period from September 2011 - September 2013.

This report presents the results of the VSI study of the experiences of young asylum seekers and refugees as volunteers in a Danish and Scottish context. To a large extent, the topic is seen from the young people's own perspective, based on their own considerations, thoughts and experiences. The overall opportunities and barriers faced by young asylum seekers and refugees during social inclusion though voluntary service, identified in the report, will relate to a broader European context. The report will conclude with a number of recommendations for both EU institutions and individual EU Member States.

A New Beginning: Refugee Integration in Europe

For the majority of refugees in Europe integration is the most relevant durable solution and European Union (EU) Member States have placed integration high on the policy and political agenda particularly since the mid-1990s. In many of those countries significant investment has been made in programmes and associated support to facilitate immigrant integration and to identify effective practice. In addition, an increasing awareness has developed of the importance of being able to evaluate immigrant integration using measurable indicators to help assess the effectiveness of policy and programming and form understandings of the factors that influence migrant integration trajectories.

In the specific case of refugees, integration is based on the rights flowing from the Qualification Directive (2011). There is however no specific EU integration policy instrument. While national approaches vary significantly within the EU, most programmes are mainstreamed into existing  integration efforts. The specific situation of refugees and the barriers or facilitators to their integration thereby risk being overlooked and the expert support needed to assist this group in becoming economically productive, self-reliant and to ensure dignity may be diminished. As such, this study has prioritized their specific situation, asking what refugee integration looks like.

The aim of this study was to review trends in the development of policy areas relevant to integration, to highlight already-used measurable integration indicators and the methods of evaluating integration, and to highlight factors that influence integration outcomes for refugees. Four project countries took part in the research: France, Sweden, Ireland and Austria. In addition, an overview was done of three other countries which have made significant moves toward refugee integration policy and programming: Canada, United Kingdom and Germany.