Effective inclusion of refugees: Participatory approaches for practitioners at the local level

    Carmine Conte
    Alexander Wolffhardt

    The UNHCR, in partnership with the Migration Policy Group (MPG), has released a new Toolkit, entitled ‘Effective inclusion of refugees: Participatory approaches for practitioners at the local level’. The Toolkit provides step-by-step practical tools and communication materials to be used by local stakeholders for the purpose of designing, monitoring, eliciting feedback from beneficiaries, and evaluating their integration and inclusion practices. The Toolkit was developed together with integration practitioners from 7 pilot countries in Europe (Bulgaria, Italy, Finland, Greece, Malta, Poland and Serbia) who informed the design, tested and validated it. The Bulgarian coordinator from Multi Kulti Collective was Bistra Ivanova. 

    Why a toolkit?

    The inclusion of newly-arrived asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants and stateless people has emerged as a key priority for mayors, municipal authorities, local civil societies and service providers. While national policies establish a broad policy framework, it is local authorities who are faced with the often daunting task of translating them into action and finding practical solutions.

    While the number of integration and inclusion initiatives have proliferated since the 2015/2016 peak in arrivals, local actors and municipal authorities have little practical guidance about how their services and practices can be adapted to the specific situation and protection needs of asylum-seekers and refugees, migrants and stateless people.

    As such, this Toolkit helps to fill this gap by helping local actors build participatory approaches in their respective towns, building upon decades of experience among humanitarian and development actors in creating programs that foster inclusion and integration in host communities.

    Who is the Toolkit for?

    • Public authorities and services at a national and local level;
    • Civil society organisations, including refugee-led organisations;
    • Faith-based organisations;
    • Educational institutions;
    • Business actors.

    What is included in the Toolkit?