The SHARE Integration project
The SHARE Integration project builds the capacity of experienced, new and emerging resettlement countries in Europe, to support reception, early settlement and integration for resettled, relocated (and privately sponsored) refugees. The SHARE Network developed between 2012 and 2015, will serve as a foundation from which the action will build upon and strengthen partnerships, provide resources and facilitate best practice exchange. The Action will ensure interconnectedness, coordination and information-sharing between pre-arrival and post arrival actors, to ensure adequate planning for arrivals and to address multi-level governance challenges, such as refugee placement mechanisms and distribution keys. SHARE Integration will also promote the ‘Mainstreaming Plus’ approach, to ensure that services for (vulnerable) refugees are incorporated in the (local) overall integration framework. Through national actions, research and European best practice exchange, the Action will engage in new partnerships, including private citizens, churches, diaspora organisations, universities and other actors, to welcome newcomers. SHARE Integration will particularly highlight the experiences of and partnerships in smaller cities and towns (less than 200,000 inhabitants). In order to strengthen reception and integration planning in smaller communities, SHARE Integration will support and promote new tools for social change, volunteering, language learning, employment and cultural orientation, provide training and will establish a Working Group on Mainstreaming of Special Needs and Private Sponsorship, to provide for a common framework and strategic guidance in these areas.