Forced Displacement & Refugee-Host Community Solidarity

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 unparalleled influx 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.

Therefore, FOCUS

  • maps policies and existing practices;
  • carries out field studies at four research sites: Jordan, Croatia, Germany, Sweden;
  • supports policy development and programme design;
  • develops a practical approach to dynamic integration by collecting case examples and provides implementation guidance.

You can find out more about FOCUS’ policy recommendations here.