Eurodiaconia, together with its members Diaconia Valdese (Italy), the Fédération de l’Entraide Protestante (France) and our other project partners – the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, Oxfam Italia, Confronti, Idos, Piedmont Region, and Safe Passage are launching a policy brief titled “Private Sponsorship for Integration: Building a European Model.” The publication, which focuses on humanitarian corridors, seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of community/private sponsorship programs (PSPs) for social cohesion and the integration of persons in need of protection and to encourage and inform the development and growth of sponsorship programs across Europe. Read more…
Project partners Diaconia Valdese and Regione Piemonte are organising a webinar titled “Humanitarian Corridors: An Innovative Model for Reception” due to take place on the 30th of September 2020 between 10-11:30 am.
The event will include presentation of the project, personal stories from the beneficiaries and the launch of a study on the primary achievements of the initiative.
Forced displacement is a phenomenon that is affecting a rapidly growing amount of people. Despite the increasing numbers, host societies have not shown much willingness to increase integration measures. In this context, Humanitarian Corridors (HC) programs have proven an effective solution in fostering community and societal support for refugees.
Project partners Confronti and Idos have released an impact assessment report consisting of two case studies. They focus on the impact of the HC program experience in Italy and France both for the host communities and on the integration of the newcomers. The assessment is based on interviews and consultations with persons directly concerned.
The analysis shows that the HC program grants fast and effective protection to people in danger and confirms it as a best practice model for integration in the host society.
A detailed account from project partner Mediterranean Hope of how they are adapting their programmes during COVID-19.
“Direct contact with the asylum-seekers we support cannot currently take place. […]Many are using the time to continue online language tuition. […] Those involved in advocacy work are no longer in a position to travel. […] However, there is much that can be done remotely. We continue to lobby with respect to our proposal for European Humanitarian Corridors and to negotiate the renewal of the existing Memorandum of Understanding with the Italian government regarding the corridors already operating here.”
In order to better assess and evaluate the Humanitarian Corridors, project partner the Fédération de l’Entraide Protestante together with other organisations conducted a survey on the impact on Welcomed persons and Host groups. It served as a basis for a list of recommendations to address the gaps and improve the project outcomes.
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