February 16, 2019

Project title: FOCUS - Forced displacement and refugee-host community solidarity 2019-2021 (3 years)

Grant Scheme: Horizon 2020 (European Commission)

Kick-off meeting held in Copenhagen (Denmark) on the 16th and 17thJanuary 2019.

 

Project description

The vision of FOCUS is to increase understanding of, and provide effective and evidence-based solutions for, the challenges of forced migration within host communities and thereby contribute to increased tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and reduced radicalization across Europe and in the Middle East. Based on a comprehensive mapping and trans-disciplinary, multi-site field research conducted in Jordan, Croatia, Germany and Sweden, FOCUS explores the socio-psychological dimensions of refugee- and host-community relations and analyses the socio-economic integration of refugees and the consequences of this in host societies. The integration solutions will be pilot tested in at least five European countries by governmental and non-governmental end-users. The solutions are finally brought together in the Refugee and Host Community Toolbox, which will support policy makers, municipal actors, civil society organisations and other stakeholders in responding to the needs of both refugees and host communities and thereby act as agents of change in this field. In addition, FOCUS undertakes an ambitious programme of engagement with policy makers, end-users, host communities, refugees and other stakeholders. This will ensure that FOCUS research and solutions are acceptable and useful for policy makers, while meeting the needs of end-user organisations and ultimately refugees and host communities.

Coordinator: Danish Red Cross

Partners: AND Consulting Group,SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FILOZOFSKI FAKULTET, MALMO HOGSKOLA, HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN, 7 ARTTIC, Q4 PR LIMITED

Main objectives:

Ø  Increase our understanding of, and provide effective and evidence-based solutions for, the challenges of forced migration within host communities and thereby contribute to increased tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and reduced radicalization across Europe and in the Middle East.

Ø  Conduct state-of-the-art research on host-community-refugee relations and develop solutions for the successful coexistence of host communities and refugees.

Dimensions:

  • Research

Contribute to the evidence base on understanding refugee/host community relations through addressing the central research question: How do different patterns of the socio-economic integration of refugees influence the socio-psychological dimensions of refugee- and host-community relations, and vice-versa?    

  • Solutions

Develop and pilot test solutions to foster peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities

  • Policy engagement

Provide an overall framework for policy makers to adopt and adapt the solutions and recommendations for the adoption of effective policies and practices in diverse settings.

 

CSS role description

The CSS will lead the fieldwork implementation by coordinating the all related tasks also in Germany, Sweden and Croatia by assuring a coherent methodology and a comparable perspective in all the due countries. In details, the CSS will implement a mixed-methods research based on qualitative and quantitative approaches in Jordan by recurring to a survey and a series of Focus Group discussion targeting refugees and host communities. The research will focus on identifying and analysing opportunities and challenges for integration that will be translated into solutions which can be deployed in diverse communities and are accessible to policy makers.