The LINK IT project aimed at delivering better integration outcomes for Syrian refugees resettled from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to Germany, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom. The project focused on strengthening the link between pre‑departure and post‑arrival integration support of refugees through:

Conducting pre‑departure skills profiling

A new pre‑departure skills profiling tool, adapted from the EU’s Skills Profiling Tool for Third-Country Nationals, targeting Syrian refugees has been developed and piloted within the project. The data gathered from the pilot was made available to share with relevant stakeholders to inform post‑arrival integration policy measures.

The project strengthened post‑arrival integration support for Syrian refugees by developing new post‑arrival orientation curricula and by delivering information sessions and IT literacy training opportunities to Syrian refugees. New reception guides and videos were also developed to further orient refugees post‑arrival and mentoring sessions between volunteers and refugees were also undertaken to strengthen refugees’ mentorship schemes.

Preparing host communities

A training curricula for local authorities and employers was developed to better prepare them in catering to refugees’ needs. Training sessions were also delivered to support local authorities in service delivery and employers on the hiring of refugees.

Facilitating transnational exchange

The project facilitated the exchange and sharing of best and innovative practice and mutual learning between transnational, regional, national authorities and civil society organizations in the participating countries. Knowledge management tools including the Skills Profiling Report and Integration Best Practice guide were also produced and a final conference was organized to present lessons learned and recommendations emanating from the project.

LINK IT was implemented by IOM in partnership with the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), the British Refugee Council (BRC)JRS RomaniaCaritas Friedland and the Conselho Português Para Os Refugiados (CPR).

The project was funded by the European Union’s Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and ran from 2018 to 2019.

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For more information on LINK IT activities in Germany, please contact Andrea Schulte.

LINK IT in Germany was implemented in partnership with Caritas Friedland.

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For more information on LINK IT activities in Portugal, please contact Sofia Cruz.

LINK IT in Portugal was implemented in partnership with Conselho Português para os Refugiados.

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For more information on LINK IT activities in Romania, please contact Maria Voica.

LINK IT in Romania was implemented in partnership with JRS Romania.

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United Kingdom

For more information on LINK IT activities in the United Kingdom, please contact Nathan Denne.

LINK IT in the United Kingdom was implemented in partnership with the British Refugee Council.

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