LINK IT was an innovative project aimed at delivering better integration outcomes for Syrian refugees resettled from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to Germany, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom.

The project ran between January 2018 and July 2019 and focussed on strengthening the link between pre-departure and post-arrival integration support for refugees through four core strands:

1) Pre-departure refugee skills profiling

2) Post-arrival integration support for newly resettled refugees

3) Preparing host communities to support resettled refugees

4) Pan-European best-practice sharing

Through strong partnerships in participating countries, the project delivered innovative pre-departure and post-arrival integration activities and facilitated mutual learning and exchange amongst partners. 
LINK IT was led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM, UN Migration) in partnership with the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC EUROPE), the British Refugee Council (BRC), Asociatia Serviciul Iezuitilor Pentru Refugiatii Din Romania (Jesuit Refugee Service Romania), Caritasverband Fur Die Diozese Hildesheim E.V (Caritas Friedland), and Conselho Portugues Para Os Refugiados (CPR). The project was co-funded by the European Union's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). 

To learn more about LINK IT click here to access the project information sheet.

Click below to watch a video about the LINK IT project and its beneficiaries:


LINK IT resources

A range of new tools, products and resources have been successfully developed throughout the project many of which can be freely accessed below split across the 4 core project strands.

1) Pre-departure skills profiling

IOM undertook a multi-stage process, including adapting the EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals to develop and pilot a Skills Profile Tool for usage by Syrian refugees prior to departure to the participating countries. More information on the developed tool, its deployment across the project, as well as the data, findings and recommendations from its usage can be found in the LINK IT SKills Profiling Report published at the end of the project. The report is available in 4 languages (English, German, Portuguese and Romanian).


2) Post-arrival integration support for newly resettled refugees

4 new curricula for post-arrival orientation for Syrian refugees were produced by IOM in collaboration with partner NGOs in each of the participating countries:

Germany    Portugal    Romania    United Kingdom

2 new reception guides for newly arriving refugees in Germany and Portugal were developed, printed and distributed in several different languages.

1 new multi-purpose, multi-lingual website developed and launched in Romania to support refugees in accessing the labour market.  The website can be accessed here.

5 new informative videos were produced for resettling refugees sharing advice, guidance and previous resettlement experiences in Germany, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom*.

4 new volunteer engagement, induction and training curricula were created by partner NGOs*.

*For more information on the developed informative post-arrival videos, as well as the volunteer curriculum please contact the relevant partner NGOs directly.


3) Preparing host communities to support resettled refugees

4 comprehensive new training curricula for delivering information sessions to representatives from local authorities, public sector, and other host community support organizations were developed by IOM in Germany, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom:

Germany    Portugal    Romania    United Kingdom


4) Pan-European best-practice sharing

As part the project IOM organised a conference on "EU Integration Practices for Resettled Refugees" in Bucharest, Romania. The conference brought together stakeholders directly involved in pre-departure and post-arrival integration support and facilitated the sharing of good practices on effective refugee integration. In advance of this conference all project partners contributed content and case studies on innovative good practices by NGOs, international organizations and municipalities contributing toward increasing the quality and effectiveness of refugee integration. These were compiled into an accessible brochure which can be accessed here.

Integration Practices brochure


More information and contact:

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