Promoting Independence in Resettlement - final publication of the MOST project

MOST – Modelling of Orientation, Services and Training related to the Resettlement and Reception of Refugees – was a transnational project funded by the European Refugee Fund. It started in December 2006 and concluded in January 2008. The project was led by the Ministry of Labour in Finland and the project partners were the Reception and Integration Agency, Ireland, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Spain and the Swedish Migration Board, Sweden. The project was implemented in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE).

The overall purpose of the project was to develop comprehensive models for quicker and better integration of refugees. This included testing new practices and approaches related to the selection of refugees, orientation upon their arrival and introduction to the structures and habits of the host society. By developing these actions we hoped to create a resettlement process that would support the integration of refugees into the new host society.

During the course of the project, activities were conducted at international and national levels in Finland, Sweden, Spain and Ireland. Each partner country developed a series of specific tasks related to the project and learning was shared at transnational seminars held in each of the countries. The tasks involved implementing a consultation process with refugee communities on the experiences of previous introduction programmes (Sweden), designing and testing a new type of pre-departure and post-arrival programme and preparing related materials (Ireland), designing and testing integration training at workplaces in cooperation with educators, employers and social partners (Finland), organising a fact-fi nding mission for representatives of the Spanish government and organising a Closing Conference (Spain).