Forced displacement and refugee-host community solidarity (FOCUS)
The FOCUS project (Forced displacement and refugee-host community solidarity) has been awarded funding via the European Commission Horizon 2020 topic “MIGRATION-08-2018: Addressing the challenge of forced displacement”. The project will start in January 2019 and run for a period of 36 months.
The FOCUS consortium consists of eight partners, including end-users, research institutions and private sector enterprises, from seven different European countries and Jordan in the Middle East.
FOCUS is designed to increase our understanding of key dynamics in refugee/host community relations and to develop and test innovative solutions for social and labour market integration. The aim of FOCUS is to provide effective, evidence-based solutions for integration of refugees into host communities, contributing to increased tolerance and peaceful coexistence. Once the solutions have been pilot tested and adapted, they will be combined into the Refugee and Host Community Toolbox.
The FOCUS project uses a methodology combining three components:
1. Socio-economic and socio-psychological research across four research sites – Jordan, Croatia, Sweden and Germany.
2. Development and pilot test of solutions in Denmark, Austria, United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany
3. Dissemination of results and recommendations to policy makers.
The PS Centre coordinates the overall project and leads the mapping of available solutions. In addition, the PS Centre will lead and coordinate the development of the “Refugee and Host Community Toolbox” and the pilot test of the toolbox in five countries.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies under grant agreement number 822401