COMMIT - Facilitating the integration of resettled refugees in Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain
“COMMIT: Facilitating the integration of resettled refugees in Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain” is a European Commission (DG HOME) funded project managed by the Coordination Office for the Mediterranean of the International Organization for Migration, and implemented in collaboration with Consorzio Communitas, Adecco Foundation for Equal Opportunities and the University for Foreigners of Siena.
The action recognizes that successful integration of resettled refugees depends on both enabling structural conditions and social dynamics. These rely on multi-level, multi-stakeholder partnerships between central and local authorities, civil society organizations, international organizations and citizens committed to facilitating the integration of resettled refugees.
Based on these assumptions, COMMIT seeks to contribute to facilitating the sustainable integration of resettled refugees in their new communities in Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain, with a specific focus on the integration of vulnerable groups such as women and youth.
The action’s overall objective will be achieved by:
- Enhancing pre-departure orientation (PDO), including by mainstreaming vulnerability in PDO curricula, strengthening PDO trainer’s knowledge on reception contexts, and enabling contacts with reception community members since the pre-departure phase;
- Systematizing community support, including through building the capacities of key stakeholders in receiving communities and piloting community mentorship schemes with specific attention to supporting vulnerable groups;
- Fostering transnational exchange between newer and more experienced resettlement countries to identify and disseminate lessons learnt and best practices beyond the project’s geographical scope.
The project directly benefits resettled individuals and households, particularly women and youth, as well as host communities, contributing in the medium and long-term to further evidence and tools to support future EU policy and practice in other resettlement contexts.
COMMIT is a 2 years project, whose activities started on 1st January 2019.