The project described and catalogued best practices in the integration of refugee and asylum-seeking children on an educational level and involved conducting program evaluations of select initiatives in three Western European EU Member States and impact assessments for their implementation in two Eastern European countries. In cataloguing best practices, the research conducted by the project team, with the help of external experts, encompassed all 27 EU Member States participating in the European Refugee Fund (where eventually it is also hoped that some of the best practices identified will be implemented), as well as Denmark, Norway, and four Western Balkan states at various stages on their way to EU Membership.
In countries where best practices were lacking, situation reports were prepared outlining areas that needed specific improvement. Moreover, in countries where the target group was small, best practices were considered in the implementation of preparedness initiatives. Specific attention was paid to initiatives aimed at the well-being and integration in education of the most vulnerable groups, including refugee and asylum-seeking children who have been victims of crimes.
The Center of the Study of Democracy (CSD) - Bulgaria was the coordinator of the project; the partner organisations were The Censis Foundation – Italy, The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights – Austria, The Peace Institute – Slovenia, and The University of Halmstad – Sweden. In addition, a number of individual experts have prepared reviews of best practices in their countries as well as in certain (typically neighboring) countries.
Austria elaborated two country reports for Austria and Germany analysing the legal and policy framework, identifying best-practice-examples and developing recommendations especially for policy-makers, governmental and non-governmental organizations. The best-practice-example "Dynamo" was finally selected for a comprehensive evaluation aimed at finding out criterias and conditions under which a sucessful implemention to another cultural, political and social context may be guaranteed.
The project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund (ERF)
During the whole project a great number of different outcomes and results have been published and collected in a handbook available on the CSD Website.