SIforREF aims to enhance significantly existing refugee integration policies on the regional and local level. Our goal is that social innovative and inclusive measures become mainstream. This is not only an exchange of good practices; our task is to jointly design and implement methodologies and identify the social innovative conditions that must be met. The main outputs will be tools for evaluating and designing social innovative practices and pilots that result in inclusive policies.
To do so, the partnership will investigate and build on best practices and initiate a mutual learning process among central European regions, especially the five neighbourhood regions involved in the project.
Main objectives of the project:
May 2019 - february 2020
First, 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.
february 2020 - jan. 2021
Second, we aim 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.
januaray 2021 - nov. 2021
Next, we test the developed toolbox - 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 7 actual projects. These we will implement in Italy (one each in Bologna and Parma), Austria (two, both in Vienna), Germany (two, both in Berlin) and Slovenia (one in Ljubljana).
june 2021 - march 2022
Finally, we aim to achieve two main outputs: 1) local agreements among key public and private actors that recognise the relevance of refugee integration for the promotion of social cohesion and the need to jointly address this challenge through the practice of virtuous governance and social innovative approaches gained during the pilot activities. 2) a Transnational Memorandum of Understanding.
Vienna, Parma, Ljubljana, Bologna and Berlin - Each partner city in our project has its own base case for the successful integration of refugees into local society and the labor market.