Integration of resettled refugees

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Amir's volunteering - a study on volunteering as a pathway to social inclusion for young asylum seekers and refugees Red Cross Denmark Denmark, UK
Amir's Volunteering - A guide on involving young asylum seekers and refugees as volunteers. Experiences, ideas and recommendations Red Cross Denmark Denmark, UK
The Gateway Protection Programme - Good Practice Guide Rick Jones, Nigel Rose, Rachael Hardiman, with contributions from Gateway Protection Programme teams at Refugee Action and Refugee Council UK
Early experiences of Young Sudanese resettled to Finland Saija Niemi Finland
Responding to Trauma - Handbook based on experiences of Afghan refugee women living in Finland Sandi Mäki-Soini Finland
Zuwanderer auf Deutschland vorbereiten: Handlungsempfehlungen und Strategien Sarah Tietze, IOM Nuremberg Germany
Direct placement and support of resettled refugees in municipalities Schol, M., Woestenburg, N., Sibma, A., Jager, L. de, Winter, H. Netherlands
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
Statistical Overview - Migration and Asylum 2011 The Danish Immigration Service Denmark
Country Chapters - BELGIUM- UNHCR Resettlement Handbook The Government of Belgium - UNHCR Belgium
Country Chapters - FRANCE- UNHCR Resettlement Handbook The Government of France - UNHCR France
Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities: The Role of Cities and Businesses The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP)
Participative Integration in Finland The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Cultural Foundation in Finland and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities Finland
What did the UDI do in 2011? - Annual Report UDI - Norvegian Directorate of Immigration Norway
The Integration of Resettled Refugees UNHCR
A New Beginning: Refugee Integration in Europe UNHCR Europe Austria, France, Ireland
Act on the Integration of Immigrants and Reception of Asylum Seekers (493/1999; amendments up to 324/2009 included) Unofficial translation, legally binding only in Finnish and Swedish Ministry of the Interior, Finland Finland
Begeleiding bij integratie Vluchtelingenwerk Netherlands
Samen Inburgeren Vormingplus & Inburgering Antwerpen Belgium
Bertine Bahige, a Congolese refugee resettled to the US, tells his life story Wyoming Chronicle

6954 Kilometres to Home

Mukamusoni and her family fled the Congo Civil War in 1996 when she was just 10 years old, and lived in the Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda.  Single mother Mukamusoni and her three children were accepted for resettlement by Finland as quota refugees and waited 3 years to make the journey to Finland.  Directed by Juan Reina, the Tampere Film Festival prize-winning film 6954 Kilometres to Home depicts Makamusoni's family's journey from the Kiziba refugee camp in Rwanda to Finland in 2012.  6954 Kilometres to Home shows resettlement preparations, the journey, arrival and settlement from the family’s perspective.

Integration is a process

INTEGRATION IS A TWO-WAY PROCESS .
During the process, changes occur in both immigrants and Finns, and both gain new insights.

Mind-Spring

Mind-Spring’s overall aim is to improve the mental health along with the social, economical and cultural integration of asylum seekers and refugees. It is an intervention programme in which trained asylum seekers and refugees volunteer to give psycho-social support and education to groups of fellow asylum seekers and refugees. Psycho-education and parenting support is provided in refugees' own language, taking into account their culture and customs. The trained asylum seeker or refugee works in partnership with and is coached by a Municipal Health Services professional.

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.