One of the challenges facing many refugees is integration. After arriving in a culture that can feel completely alien, it is often extremely difficult to build support networks and feel like a member of society.
In late 2017, we launched a youth integration project with a local partner, Ethos. The programme provides safe accommodation, psychosocial support and life skills training for unaccompanied minors who turn 18.
Our team of psychologists worked closely with the young men and their social worker to prepare them for independent living and finding employment, and to help them to develop their own plans and aspirations.
The project was specifically designed to nurture an environment where young men from diverse backgrounds could coexist happily in an atmosphere of tolerance, open-mindedness and mutual respect.