Integrating Refugees in Society and the Labour Market Through Social Innovation

SIforREF

SIforREF addresses at least two main territorial challenges identified in the cooperation Programme: globalisation, economic development and social cohesion. Refugee and migration issues in fact Impacts the economic equilibrium and  the social cohesion of our society. The refugee crisis of 2015 inevitably gave more evidence to strengths and weaknesses related to the challenges mentioned. Certain best practices revealed the existence of connected top-down and bottom up experiences, which contained  participatory Elements. However,  at the same time the crisis dramatically revealed weaknesses 

that can be contributed to a lack of skills and services as well as to the hostile socio-political climate. The project will develop tools for evaluating and designing social innovative practices and for improving the social innovation capacity of policies. It will also implement seven pilot actions to test these tools and design regional and transnational strategies. To do so, the partnership will investigate and build on best practices and initiate a mutual learning process among central European regions, especially neighbourhood regions involved in the project. More about the project...

 

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Workpackage 1

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Setting up a toolbox 


In this WP we design a method (which includes defining specific indicators) for measuring the social innovative approaches of policies and pilots to foster the integration of refugees (this is the output). Since the evaluation of the impact of migration policies on the integration of refugees is rarely implemented, we believe that it is crucial to begin our project with the development of an evaluation tool. 

WORKPACKAGE 2 

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Developing a toolbox


This WP aims to develop a toolbox to support policy makers, practitioners and NGOs as operators in the design and implementation of measures for the integration of refugees on the level of societal and economic participation.  We will examine measures which indeed adopt a social innovative approach. We have chosen not to provide top down guidelines, but instead to co-create open guidelines with a diverse pool of actors engaged in the issue of refugee integration.

Workpackage 3

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Implementing & evaluating measures

In this phase of the project we will test the toolbox developed in WP2 - where open guidelines have been produced on how to design social innovative approaches for integrating refugees. Furthermore, we will determine if these can be successfully translated into actual projects. The output of this WP is the implementation of 7 pilots: 2 in Italy (one in Bologna and one in Parma), 2 in Austria (both in Vienna), 2 in Germany (both in Berlin); 1 in Slovenia (Ljubljana).

Workpackage 4

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Developing a joint strategy 


During this phase  we  aim to achieve two main outputs: 1) Local agreements among key public and private actors. These agreements recognise the relevance of refugee integration for the promotion of social cohesion and have been conceived to jointly address this challenge through the practice of virtuous governance and social innovative approaches that were gained during the pilot activities. 2) A Transnational Memorandum of Understanding. 

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Start Date

1 April 2019

End Date

31 March 2022

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