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09 Oct 2018


09 Apr 2019



Project Title

Measuring and improving migrants integration in Europe

H2020 Call Topic


GROUPE SOS, the association GROUPE SOS SOLIDARITES and its department of Housing and Social Affairs, works with more than 12 431 people exposed to poverty. Various structures have been therefore developed in order to welcome, refer (370 places in SAO, day care centres & accommodation centres), stabilise (702 places in emergency centres including winter centres), temporarily house (615 places in reinsertion centres) and accommodate (971 places in Maison relais, and intermediate housing) this specific public.

Standing up for an unconditional welcoming within its centres, these latter are open to anyone stricken by poverty, whatever his/her legal status. Over years, the quality of the social care developed by GROUPE SOS’ professionals has improved, as well as their working experience through the contact with people reaching Europe after fleeing their country for economic or political reasons.

Since 2016, GROUPE SOS Solidarités and its department of Housing and Social Affairs, has developed several structures dedicated to support migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and unaccompanied minors all over France.

Three reception and orientation centres (called CAOs in France): structures providing migrants with temporary accommodation and orientation during the procedures for asylum application. Asylum seekers receive a legal, social and sanitary follow up (123 places).
A transport service for migrants towards reception and refering centres
Six emergency accommodation centres for migrants (CHUMs): Facilities aiming to secure migrants’ sheltering, access to food and healthcare, as well as to provide an administrative support through asylum procedures. These centres are part of a program rolled out and coordinated by the National Government in Paris and Ile de France (655 places).
Two emergency housing centres for refugees (CHURs): Formerly part of CHUMs, these structures host beneficiaries from an international protection in Ile-de-France (177 places).

Fourteen accommodation centres for asylum seekers (CADA): centres that provide accommodation to asylum seekers during the treatment of their asylum application and an administrative and social support, namely access to healthcare and children schooling (1282 places).
Six reception and accompaniment services for reinstalled refugees (SAARRs): 1-year accommodation and accompaniment projects for reinstalled refugees in transit from third countries (Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey). They are identified by UNHCR as priority public and are delivered a visa before their arrival into the European territory. Our team is in charge of assuring their access to healthcare and social reintegration. The European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund ensures the financing of this project (525 places, 294 persons already accommodated).
Three provisional accommodation centres (CPHs), which shelter recognised refugees after their exit from a CADA structure. These centres offer a pathway towards professional and social reintegration as well as towards independent and sustainable housing. CPHs specifically host fragile households and young people under 25 (160 places).
Service Social Familial Migrants Association (ASSFAM): Joining GROUPE SOS SOLIDARITES on September 2017, this association leads social action focused on the orientation of migrants and their families coming from a diversity of origins. ASSFAM brings knowledge about national and international legal norms as well as about the characteristics of migrant populations on its diversity (informative actions about rights and duties, integration-communication/integration-formation actions, socialisation and mediatory actions).
Citizen housing: accompaniment service towards employment and autonomous accommodation for refugees housed by private households. Together with SINGA, GROUPE SOS SOLIDARITES ensure the social and administrative support of refugees (200 hosted people).
Three accommodation units for unaccompanied minors, housed in shared apartments, studios or homes for young workers. Minors receive accompaniment towards semi-autonomy and benefit from global support (education, access to healthcare, professional integration, and legal assistance). Furthermore, unaccompanied minors are also hosted in children housing centres, opened to all public of children protection (94 places).
MANA Association: Joining GROUPE SOS SOLIDARITES on July 2017, this association ensures the access of migrants to healthcare. MANA works mainly in three sectors: transcultural research in order to offer adapted psychotherapeutic treatments and support medical-social procedures (213 accompanied persons), interpretation in the medical and social sector, and health prevention through “l’Ecole des femmes” dispositive (166 accompanied persons).
Specific projects for professional integration: access to agro-ecology professions by mentoring programmes, a certification program of competences and recommendations through immersion, in-company and associative mentoring. Various partnerships are in process with other operators of the migrants’ professional integration field (Wintegreat, Action Emploi Réfugiés…).
GROUPE SOS Solidarités – department Housing and Social Affairs, gathers more than 830 professionals to fulfil this mission and combine their large expertise in project management, networking and operational running of social structures.
GROUPE SOS SOLIDARITES acts accordingly to four major statements, which are always at the core of its interventions:
- The accompanied person is and will continue to be the main actor of his/her projects
- The professional is a partner of the accompanied person
- Accompaniment structures are always in motion
- Quality of life is at the core of accompaniment programs

The main objective of these core values is to provide grounded and innovative responses to the main challenges to which solidarity is exposed so that no one is nor will be at a dead end.

Why participate at H2020 Call for Projects “Social and economic effects of migration in Europe and integration policies”?

Through the wealth of its services and the elaboration of reporting tools, GROUPE SOS have access to a broad range of data willing to be better emphasised. This project will enable GROUPE SOS to improve the understanding of social and economic impact of migration in Europe.
To reach this general aim, GROUPE SOS intends to pursue the following objectives, from a macro to an individual level:

- elaborating harmonised evaluation tools and indicators to all stakeholders involved in this project, whether public administrations or members of civil society.
- contributing, through these tools, to measure the long term impact of various public policies (child care, education, work, welfare, legal status) on integration of migrants, based on a quantitative and qualitative analysis.
- measuring the impact of types, forms and timing of social care, through a bottom-up approach.
- evaluating the constituent elements of a suitable environment for migrants, allowing them to act effectively and become actors of their own integration process.

Expertise sought/offered

GROUPE SOS aims to respond to this Call for Projects by integrating a consortium as a partner. GROUPE SOS is looking to recruit a researcher/analyst in order to gather and analyse data from all the chosen structures. This Call for Projects is a unique opportunity to cooperate with the academic sector and operators at a European level. Seeking to place the individual and her/his capacities at the heart of research, GROUPE SOS is looking forward to work specially with associations developed by Diasporas.

Project methodology should be based on a gendered approach. Indeed, the chosen methodology should not isolate specific and at the same time generalist groups such as “women” or “children” categories, but follow the intersectionality principle (K.Crenshaw). This approach is willing to determine, starting from individual experiences and specific social characteristics, the factors that allow each person to enhance his/her capacities and gain effective power of action, by the analysis of individual capacities, social, economic and legal environment and social interactions.

The expected results of GROUPE SOS’s participation in a consortium are to deepen the analysis of the different integration models in Europe, highlight good practices in the European territory in social inclusion of migrant population, improve the functioning of migrants’ accompaniment structures and to propose innovative projects through the cooperation between operating stakeholders.

Expertise: Besides GROUPE SOS expertise on project management and of its legitimacy on the solidarity sector, GROUPE SOS has a proven capacity to animate a vast community of diverse stakeholders and to mobilise a wide range of partners from both public and private sector. Moreover, GROUPE SOS benefits from a large experience on the constitution and management of European programmes (AMIF, ISF, FSE, FEDER, ERASMUS+…), and from the support of two full-time professionals dedicated to support the program management team in the key milestones of the project: project design, partner search, proposal writing, project management and evaluation, grant contract management.

Tasks offered/requested

* Conduct surveys
* Perform statistical analyses
* Dissemination/communication activities
* Organise/host training
* Quality management
* Project management (as Work Package leader / Task leader)
* Design a business plan

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