Integration of resettled refugees

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Nutrition Surveillance Report

This report presents child growth and malnutrition status of refugee children examined by the IOM Health Assessment Programme at seven key locations around the world namely Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal and Thailand. The report analyses prevalence of two key indicators for protein–energy malnutrition namely weight-for-height or wasting and height-for-age or stunting. Data for this analysis is generated from the IOM data management software called Migrant Management Operational System Application (MiMOSA) using routinely collected information on age, gender, height (or length) and weight for refugee children aged 6–59 months. The public health importance or severity of malnutrition among refugee children in each country is assessed using internationally standardized criteria recommended by WHO.  The IOM Health Assessment Programme plans for regular production and dissemination of this publication for better refugee health monitoring and to inform design of essential nutrition interventions for vulnerable refugee children.

Tools for Addressing Integration Challenges

At the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR)  2013, IOM provided an overview of currently existing tools which aim to:

  • Facilitate post-arrival integration
  • Improve reception and placement services
  • Address collective and/or individual settlement issues
  • Identify potential areas of collaboration
  • Strengthen evaluation mechanisms
  • Provide specific answers and solutions for integration challenges through creative, tailored strategies
  • Focus on improving links between overseas and domestic orientation


EMPLOOI - Dutch Council for Refugees

Emplooi was set up by the Dutch Council for Refugees (DCfR) in response to the high unemployment among refugees. In 2000 Emplooi became an independent foundation; with mentors spread throughout the Netherlands. Since its creation it has helped 11,000 refugees enter the Dutch labour market. To help refugees get into jobs, Emplooi carries out various activities:

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.