June 30, 2022

Tailoring Research and inclusion Strategies for vulnerable migrant contexts. Held in Palermo the last conference of the RAISD project


Everytime I have people talking about my achievements, I say “Did I do all of that? Wow”

Debora Kayembe – Human rights activist and Rector, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)


On May 17th & 18th, the final conference of the project RAISD – Reshaping Attention and Inclusion Strategies for Distinctively vulnerable people among the forcibly displaced – has been held in Palermo organised by CESIE in collaboration with the project partners.

The conference, opened to a national and international public, has been the occasion to present the results achieved in the last three years of work.

The project has worked to identify highly Vulnerable Groups (VG) among these forcibly displaced people, analysing their specific needs and finding suitable practices to address them. The concept of ‘vulnerability context’ considers the interplay between the features of these persons and their hosting communities, their interactions and experiences, and how different solutions for attention and inclusion affect them. As a result of this work, a methodology to carry out these studies was developed. They pursue characterizing these migrations and developing suitable aid strategies for them.

The conference has also seen the participation of Debora Kayembe – Human rights activist and Rector of the University of Edinburgh. In her keynote speech she has told her story as a refugee and it has been very clear how important is an organised hosting system to help people to reach a better life. It has also seen the contribution of Maria Jesus Vega – UNHCR spokesperson (Spain) as well as Maria Cinzia Mantegna, Councillor for Solidarity Citizenship of the Municipality of Palermo.

All the interventions and the presentations discussed in the two-day conference are available here.

An Observatory of Forced Displacement as part of the sustainability plans for the project is born with the aim of exchanging knowledge, research methods and results, as well as strategies and innovative practices for the attention and inclusion of forcibly displaced people. More information is available here.

Here the Press release (in Italian)

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