Integration of resettled refugees

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Teaching Tolerance in Secondary Schools - Medenék Association

Medenék led this project to educate secondary school children about accepting differences in society and promoting tolerance, towards refugees. Medenék teachers delivered classes with refugees, making presentations on the background of refugees, what happens to refugees in Hungary and some of the difficulties they face. Then, the refugee would present his or her personal experience, their journey to Hungary, what they expected and the reality of how it has been for them.

Awareness Raising in the Community – Burma Center Prague - Czech Republic

In 2008 the Czech Republic engaged in a small programme to resettle around 40 Burmese refugees a year, as part of a three-year pilot project. The Czech Burma Center (BCP), an independent NGO located in Prague, ran a series of educational activities to raise awareness in the community and promote better understanding of newly arrived refugees and their needs. They gave lectures to social workers, government officials and other representatives from NGOs, churches, schools and the general public who had contact with the refugees.

The Gateway Protection Programme - Good Practice Guide

This report shows how a Gateway Protection Programme (GPP) can work and examines the fundamental principles behind such a scheme. It is based on the GPP experiences of Refugee Action and the Refugee Council in the UK, and draws on their long history of providing high quality services to refugees. This is a flexible model that can be applied to all clients, irrespective of their country of origin or where they now live in the UK. However, this is not a blueprint for all services because every individual and every region will have very different needs. This document, illustrated with case studies, describes an approach and a way of working to show how a GPP service can be established that effectively aids integration. The report does not cover the employment, education, housing or health services required by GPP clients. Much of this is covered already in other good practice documents describing services for refugees. And, it does not detail clients’ experiences prior to their arrival in the UK, or what happens to them after the one-year period of support ends. Instead, it focuses on the 12-month support programme within the settlement region. Section 1 draws from the Home Office publication, Indicators of Integration, to establish outcomes appropriate to the Gateway Protection Programme. Section 2 explains key service principles to inform the design of a service to achieve the outcomes. Section 3 describes the elements of a service that are needed to achieve the desired outcomes and is based on the principles identified in section 2. Section 4 identifies key features of the approach to human resources needed to make the service operational. Section 5 explores the monitoring and evaluation framework required to measure
whether the service is meeting the intended outcomes. The Appendices are resources from existing Gateway Protection Programmes to
illustrate the previous sections.

The Gateway Protection Refugees’ Community Forum – “When we are together we are one”

The Gateway Protection Refugees’ Community Forum was set up to bring together the crosssection of resettled refugees living in Sheffield, UK. Liberian, Congolese, Karen, Burmese, Somali and Iraqi refugees all contribute to the Forum to share their experiences, address common issues, find support, and build relationships across cultural divides. The Forum meets every month in facilities offered by a local community association. The forum has over 400 members and a management committee, which reflects the diverse demographic of the resettled refugee community in Sheffield.

Réseau pour l'intégration des réinstallés – Network for the Integration of Resettled Refugees - France Terre d’Asile (FTdA)

In France newly arrived refugees being resettled are normally housed in reception centres with asylum seekers. Under a new programme starting in 2010 called Réseau pour l'intégration des réinstallés , refugees have the opportunity to be referred by the government French Office for Immigrant Integration (OFII) for a housing placement and accompanying integration support programme after three months in the centre.

Act on the Integration of Immigrants and Reception of Asylum Seekers (493/1999; amendments up to 324/2009 included)

The purpose of this Act is to promote the integration, equality and freedom of choice of immigrants through measures which help them to acquire the essential knowledge and skills they need to function in society, and to ensure support and care for asylum seekers and beneficiaries of temporary protection in the context of a mass influx by arranging for their reception. The further purpose of this Act is to assist victims of trafficking in human beings.

UAF - Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten (Foundation for Refugee Students)

UAF is the oldest refugee organisation in the Netherlands, providing financial, social and academic support to refugees and asylum seekers who want to further their education or have their previous education and skills recognised. Support is concentrated in three areas: financial aid for studies, advice and guidance and employment assistance.

Labour Market Training Programme and Swedish for Immigrants - Swedish Ministry of Labour, Swedish for Immigrants and Gävleborg County Administrative Board

‘Swedish for Immigrants’ (SFI) is the national language learning course offered for a minimum of two years to all immigrants in Sweden. The programme is compulsory for resettled refugees and their financial benefits can depend on attendance. In 2009, SFI added a vocational training component to the language training. The programme is the first of its kind in Sweden and is currently carried out in ten municipalities across Gävleborg. The Labour Market Training courses amount to 25 hours per week and are taken in addition to the required 15 hours of Swedish.

Participative Integration in Finland

The Participative integraton in Finland project, implemented by a provisional law, was launched in order to holistically promote the integration of immigrants. The project partners are the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Ministry of Education adn Culture, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities. The project term is 22.3.2010-30.6.2013.

Manpower Inc Work Placements - Refugee Action UK and Manpower Inc

Refugee Action, a UK charity, and Manpower Inc, an international employment agency, set up a work placement programme to give refugees an opportunity to get work experience in the UK and to develop their skills and knowledge for future employment. After applying to advertised placements, refugees can then be offered a real work context to use their reading, writing, verbal and listening skills. The unpaid placement is full-time, Monday to Friday for two weeks.