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Comprehensive guidance on implementing the FOCUS Approach

FOCUS: A research project on integration

How to live well together

FOCUS in a nutshell

FOCUS final video

“When we want to, we can cope”

FOCUS is an EU funded research project running from January 2019 to June 2022, led by the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support hosted by the Danish Red Cross with partners from nine countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark France, Germany, Ireland, Jordan and the United Kingdom).

FOCUS aims at deepening the understanding of critical dimensions of integration. The project takes stock of the decade passed since the arrival of more than 1 million refugees and migrants from Syria and other countries (UNHCR 2018), with a special emphasis on psychological and social factors, and makes this knowledge accessible in an efficient and useful way.

FOCUS policy note: MHPSS as part of dynamic integration

As FOCUS concludes its work, we are issuing a series of short policy notes which summarise key findings and outputs. European and national integration strategies are increasingly acknowledging the importance of mental health and psychosocial support provision within...

FOCUS Triangulation report out

The FOCUS Triangulation report is out! The European Union’s definition of integration as a “dynamic, two-way process of mutual accommodation by all immigrants and residents of Member States” builds the basis of the research conceptual understanding of the term. FOCUS ...

FOCUS approach and case study summaries available in seven languages

The FOCUS approach and case study summaries have been translated into seven languages: Croatian, French, German, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian and made available in the Living Well Together Resource.

FOCUS policy note: Findings and policy implications of research in Croatia

The FOCUS research outputs range from detailed field surveys to a structured approach to promoting dynamic integration in this broad and diverse field. Research focused on post-2015 Syrian refugees and members of the communities where they now live. This included the...

Migration impacts the life trajectories of ppl forced to leave their homes in search of a new beginning
“What I found most useful was hearing an honest story about how things went from a person who has been in Austria for a longer time”

📢Just released: TRAFIG's final report

Nothing is more permanent than the temporary: Understanding protracted displacement & people's own responses

Don't miss our #IMISCOE2022 panel today:
"The socio-economic and socio-psychological experiences of Syrian refugees in receiving countries."

⏰ TODAY 29 June, 13:00-14:30 (Session #3)

➡ For those not able to join, find all FOCUS research results here:

Our @HumboldtUni @ChariteBerlin team discussed w/ @GangarovaT @DezimInstitut & @AlisonStrang @QMUniversity how to account for power dynamics & structural racism in research.
One 💡: participation of migrants in research design

➡FOCUS Triangulation report

Inspiring talk by @AlisonStrang on integration that is multi-dimensional, shared responsibility, context-specific.
➡Watch full recording:
🎧Find our podcast on #mentalhealth & integration ft Alison & @metonimia:

Refugee week is coming to an end. Let's be more inclusive, compassionate and caring.
Let's prioritise the uniqueness of everybody. #RefugeeWeek2022 @VOICESNetworkUK @BritishRedCross @FOCUS_Refugees @TCCWales @DOTW_UK

Our policy roundtable ft. @migpolgroup @CityofSthlm @ECRE identified #integration policy priorities:

📋National strategies & structures
🌐Stakeholder coordination
⚧ Gender sensitivity
⌨Digital skills


➡ All FOCUS policy notes here:

🚑@isabeldelamata @EU_Health honoured us with her presence and an opening keynote on EU policy instruments on migrant’s health and #mentalhealth, and their limitations.

➡Learn more about the FOCUS position on mental health here:

🆕The #MIPEX-R website is now live!

📊It presents regional level data on #MigrantIntegration governance for 25 regions from 7 EU Member States 🇦🇹🇧🇪🇩🇪 🇮🇹 🇵🇹 🇪🇸 🇸🇪

⬇️Find out more in the article below!


Over 💯 million people are forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution - at no time have more 👵👦🏿👩🏻‍🦰👨🏽👩🏾‍🍼🧕🏿 been on the move.

On #WorldRefugeeDay & every day, WHO stands #WithRefugees around the 🌏🌍🌎 to protect their health & well-being.

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Do you share our interest in fostering integration with a strong focus on agency and inter-group relations, and on emotional and social capability? Sign up to the FOCUS community to receive updates on project results and activities and get involved!

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 822401.

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