Facilitating the Integration of Resettled Refugees in Croatia, Italy, Spain and Portugal

The COMMIT project recognizes that successful integration of resettled refugees depends on fostering the mutual exchange between refugees and host communities, as well as enabling structural conditions.

Based on these assumptions, the COMMIT project aims at maximizing the integration outcomes of resettled refugees in Croatia, Italy, Spain and Portugal by:

  • Enhancing pre-departure orientation, including putting in touch refugees and reception community members since the pre-departure phase and through the development of targeted pre-departure orientation training material. Why COMMIT works on that?

    Resettled refugees have similar migratory experiences, yet extremely diverse needs. Their needs are determined by individual conditions, which consider gender, age, disability, medical condition and traumas, among other factors. It is crucial to identify and address individual needs prior to the departure to address situations of vulnerability.

    In this respect, the COMMIT project sets up tailored pre departure activities to address concerns and provide helpful information. In this way, COMMIT aims at helping refugees to create realistic expectations and increase awareness of the new contexts they will live in.

  • Strengthening community support, including activating mentorship schemes in receiving communities to support vulnerable groups.

    Integration largely depends on public representations of migrant/refugee groups and on how these individuals perceive their social acceptance. Such representations and perceptions can be shaped through personal experience, by enhancing intercultural understanding and mutual acceptance, respect and solidarity.

    Thus, religious leaders, the media and each citizen have a role to play to enhance refugees’ integration. To support them, the COMMIT project organizes visits and public events to foster direct contact, empathy, sharing of experiences and mutual respect.

  • 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.

    Nonetheless, the role of these individuals relies on the structures established by local authorities and service providers. Different approaches to reception and integration are adopted in the four countries where the COMMIT project is implemented, but they share common features to respond to similar context.

    In particular, Italy and Spain set up reception systems to respond to the needs of mixed migrant groups spontaneously arriving at their shores. The COMMIT project thus supports the exchange of best practices among the stakeholders in countries of resettlement and beyond.

COMMIT Brochure

The COMMIT project is ongoing and more material will be available over the course of the next months.

The project is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate – General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) and runs from 2019 to 2020.


COMMIT Final Event Facilitating the Integration of Resettled Refugees

Thursday, 29 April 2021

09.30 am - 12.30 pm   |  Brussels

As the project is coming to a close, the COMMIT final event intends to contribute to mutual learning and experience sharing on the integration of resettled refugees in Europe. The event will take stock of the activities undertaken during the project, good practices identified, and lessons learned from the project’s implementation. Please see our report Labour-market Integration of Resettled Refugees in the EU: Guidelines for Practitioners. The conference will bring together key stakeholders and experts working on EU Resettlement and refugees’ integration to discuss topics related to pre-departure orientation, community sponsorship, mental-health and psycho-social support.


Labour Market Integration Promoting the Employment of Refugees in Europe

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

11.00 am - 12.30 pm   |  Brussels

This webinar aims at fostering the exchange of knowledge, good practices and lessons learnt in the area of refugees’ labour market inclusion. It will also launch the Guidelines on labour market integration of resettled refugees in the European Union, developed within the COMMIT project. The Guidelines aim to provide guidance for all actors involved in the pre-departure and post-arrival phases of resettlement – namely PDO trainers, hosting institutions, social workers and community mentors – with practical information on the different issues and considerations involved in supporting resettled refugees to define and implement employment objectives and related job-seeking strategies.

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Mainstreaming Gender along the Resettlement Continuum

Towards an inclusive integration approach

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

11.00-12.30 (CEST)  |  online

This webinar will promote inclusive and gender-sensitive integration practices along the resettlement continuum – from pre-departure orientation programmes to long-term integration actions. It aims at fostering a transnational exchange of knowledge, good practices and lessons learnt by drawing from refugees’ integration experiences as well as ongoing interventions on the field.

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Preparing Refugee Youth for Resettlement

The Role of Pre‑departure Orientation

Tuesday, 09 June 2020

11.00–12.30  |  online

Panelists will exchange good practices in delivering Pre‑departure Orientation (PDO) programmes that empower young refugees to integrate into their new environment. Also, the Trainers’ Handbook for Youth Pre‑departure Orientation will be launched.

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Fondazione Adecco – COMMIT
Consorzio Communitas – COMMIT
università per Stranieri di Siena

Contact COMMIT teams in implementing missions



Please contact Martina Car or visit the IOM Croatia project page for further information on COMMIT activities in Croatia.



Please contact Anna Giustiniani or visit the IOM Italy project page for further information on COMMIT activities in Italy.



Please contact Begoña Trenor or visit the IOM Spain project page for further information on COMMIT activities in Spain.



Please contact Diana Antunes for further information on COMMIT activities in Portugal.


Funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union

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