According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), cultural orientation is a very important part of a well-managed resettlement process that contributes to reducing refugees’ concerns and overall anxiety, while at the same time increasing their chances of successful integration.
BLEND IN – Language, Cultural and Social Orientation for Young Refugees [Project number: 2016-2-IT03-KA205-008838] is a 24-month EU funded project that aims to assist young refugees settle into a new community, country and society and move towards independence, self-sufficiency, active citizenship and participation, and at the same time enhance the role and efficiency of refugee integration workers.
In order to meet the aims of young people’s smooth integration in the host/ receiving settings, BLEND IN project has developed a comprehensive orientation toolkit, packaged in a mobile application for Android devices, orienting newly resettled young refugees and migrants into the national social, cultural and economic realities of the host/ receiving countries.
This mobile application that serves as an orientation toolkit is one of the project’s main resources addressing young refugees and migrants’ needs during their early days in a host/ receiving country. It includes useful information on basic topics, such as communication, finding a job, taking care of one’s self and staying safe, an attempt to support young migrants in their first days in the host/ receiving society.
This orientation mobile application is accessible by anyone interested and is available free of charge.
It is currently available in English but will soon be available also in Italian, Greek, French, Urdu, Arabic, Tigrinya and Russian.