Integration of refugees is at the heart of the European Project
BLEND-IN is a 24-month project that aims to assist young refugees settle into a new community, country and society and move towards independence, self-sufficiency, active citizenship and participation, and at the same time enhance the role and efficiency of refugee integration workers.
Within the project, a comprehensive orientation toolkit/mobile application will be developed. It will orient newly resettled young refugees in four European countries (Malta, Ciprus, Greece and Italy) into the national social, cultural and economic realities of the receiving countries. The orientation toolkit will include basic topics, such as basic language use, living and housing conditions, access to mainstream services such as health and education, access to employment, community services, keeping and sharing your cultural identity, national laws, and their rights and responsibilities. The application will be available in Arabic, Pashto and English.
The Project is funded by the European Commission and will run for 24 months (14 November 2016 – 13 November 2018).To have more information about the BLEND-IN, please visit the website here.
The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection.
NIEM will establish a mechanism for a biennial, comprehensive evaluation of the integration of beneficiaries of international protection to provide evidence on gaps in integration standards, identify promising practices and evaluate the effects of legislative and policy changes. To turn the results and evidence of NIEM into tangible and concrete improvements of integration of beneficiaries of international protection in the partner countries, each project partner establishes national coalitions. In addition, an international NIEM coalition involving key European stakeholders will complement the national ones.
The partnership includes among several academic partners the Institute of Public Affairs (project leader), UNHCR Representation in Poland (strategic partner), UNHCR Regional Representation for Central Europe in Budapest (strategic partner), Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy (Poland) (strategic partner), Ministry of the Interior and Administration (Poland) (strategic partner), Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialisation, University of Warsaw (Poland) (strategic partner), MPG - Migration Policy Group (Belgium) (coordinating research partner).