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The RAISD project in support of vulnerable groups // International Migrants Day 2021

UNIMED celebrates International Migrants Days on December 18th by reiterating its commitment to the inclusion of Migrants in the host societies and education. We seize this special occasion to present to you the RAISD project in which UNIMED teams up with other partners to work for vulnerable migrants. 



UNIMED is one of the partners of RAISD (Reshaping Attention and Inclusion Strategies for Distinctively vulnerable people among the forcibly displaced), a three years Research and Innovation Action funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, coordinated by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and implemented by a group of Universities and Civil Society Organizations in Spain, Finland, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Its main objectives can be summerised as discovering highly vulnerable groups among Forcibly Displaced People, developing the concept of vulnerability context to gain a different perspective in dealing with migration, analyzing their specific challenges and needs regarding integration and well-being and identifying suitable and evidence-based aid strategies to promote their involvement and improve their inclusion in host societies.

In Spain, Italy, Finland, Hungary, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon the RAISD project has set up Action Research Units (ARUs) engaged in the implementation of Tailored Attention Inclusion Strategies (TAIS). These strategies have been developed – created ex novo or adapted –  after the identification for each country of the specific Vulnerable groups, their specific challenges and needs.

In the frame of the International Migrants Day it is worth to mention that we had the chance to talk with the people that have been involved in the ARUs, as the stakeholders working on the strategies, or the operators working in the field, or the actual beneficiaries. For the seven countries we have gathered the information to tell the story of each ARU and also feeling and showcasing the impact this project is having.

Changing the migrants’ narratives empowering beneficiaries to start their own businesses is the main focus of the Spanish ARU led by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The Competence Cell in CESIE is the ARU developed in Italy, whose strengths are participation and resilience. Its focus is on Learning Modules addressed to Vulnerable People, with a particular attention to trafficked women and girls.

The target of the ARU in Finland are asylum seekers who are in a vulnerable situation. In particular young men and single parents. The Finnish ARU is managed by the University of Helsinki.

In Hungary, the ARU has worked to prepare a Trajectory monitoring toolbox for tailored intervention to enahnce refugees’ embeddedness in social structures. The Hungarian ARU is coordinated by the Menedék Association.

In Turkey, the Anadolu University is the coordinator of the ARU working with Forcibly Displaced People. The aim of the TAIS in Turkey is to create capacities, awareness and understanding for various stakeholders in terms of inclusion and diversity – overall for integration – for forcibly displaced people.

A multi-disciplinary approach toward psychological well-being is the main focus of the ARU in Jordan coordinated by the Yarmouk University.

The ARU in Lebanon, coordinated by the Lebanese International University, is working to implement strategies focusing on Syrian students and unpriviledged refugees living in refugee camps, to be fully empowered with health basic skills and knowledge on how to deal with the current pandemic risks. Health literacy and Inclusion of Syrian refugees is a constant challenge in the country and the TAIS aims to contribute to addressing the issue with the help of the newly established Health Committee at LIU.

ARU stories have been compiled in a full document which is available here, and showcased through the project website.

For more information about the RAISD Project, you can visit the Project’s Website: https://raisd-h2020.eu/

You can learn more on this International Day on the IOM page and take part in initiatives carried out on social media through the dedicated hashtags #MigrantsDay #InternationalMigrantsDay.