The overall objective of the project HOME AWAY FROM HOME: best practices in the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in European societies is to contribute to the better integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Europe through promoting innovative youth actions and empowering young volunteers and professionals.

The specific project objectives are as follows:

  1. To document and disseminate inspirational practices of innovative community integration approaches initiated by youth or in which youth play a major role;
  2. To raise the capacities of young volunteers and professionals for supporting the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Thus, the project seeks to address, promote and support the goals outlined in the Paris declaration – we want to contribute to sharing and safeguarding our fundamental values and ensure that they are passed onto future generations.

The project ’Home Away From Home’ aims to contribute to the shortage of research on innovative community integration approaches and on comparative research in this field across European countries. Our research has a special focus on overall integration projects and experiences, while also including feedback from the refugees, asylum seekers and migrants themselves.

This project is conducted transnationally in order to include both longstanding recipient/host countries, transit countries and new host countries in order to improve existing integration projects and approaches and lay a solid foundation for new ones. The project aims to equip the various countries – and especially those without integration processes or policies in place – with tools for implementing adequate integration projects and programmes. The project offers an opportunity for all countries involved to learn from each other’s experiences and to identify, document and disseminate innovative practices. The project will also provide much needed training for young people in order to engage themselves and other young people in facilitating the inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants into their communities.