The European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) is a financial instrument created by the European Commission that aims towards more efficient management of migration flows and the enhancement and development of a common approach to asylum, migration and integration.
The 4 main objectives are:
- Strengthening and development of all aspects of the Common European Asylum System;
- Supporting legal migration to Member States in line with their economic and social needs, and promoting the effective integration of non-EU citizens;
- Enhancing fair and effective return strategies within the Member States, which contribute to combating illegal migration, with an emphasis on the sustainability of the return process and effective reception in the countries of origin and transit;
- strengthening solidarity and the sharing of responsibility between Member States, especially those who are most effected by migration and asylum flows.
Solentra’s offer: (contribution to the 2nd objective): professional support for OCMW employees so they are in a position to:
- act as a bridge to understanding the new environment (culturally sensitive work)
- approach strengths (resilience)
- if resilience breaks down (this assumes that it has been approached), recognise considerable psychological issues in officially recognised refugees that are impeding the integration process.
- refer at the right time and to the right person
The provision of professional support comprises:
a basic training module 1
- 2-day course per province (10 courses over two days)
- Aim: familiarise oneself with trauma, grief, and migration and acculturation-related psycho-social problems, learn to distinguish them from one another, early detection, referral, the role of an OCMW employee in psycho-social support (addressing resilience, culturally sensitive work and early detection)
- Enhanced KNOWLEDGE of the psychological processes related to migration, acculturation and flight (trauma)
A specialised training module 2
- 10 specialised courses of 4 hours per province (on the condition that the basic course has been successfully completed)
- Aim: a deeper look at topics that were explored during the basic course. Two and a half teaching days are allocated to each topic. Work is organised around five specialised topics based on a culturally sensitive approach. What is provided is determined by the demand. The focus may be different in each region. Topics which may come up include Afghan culture, the dynamics of family reunification, self-harm, addiction, torture, tools to encourage resilience,…
- Enhanced KNOWLEGDE and acquirement of SKILLS related to the culturally sensitive psycho-social support of newcomers
Peer review module 3
- 3 series of 3 peer reviews per province across the 8 weeks (half day)
- 10 people per group
- During a peer review, advice and support is given on a case-by-case basis by a senior psychologist.
- Acquirement of SKILLS and the initial stages of changing ATTITUDES
The aim of the professional support service is to make the psycho-social support provided by the OCMW’s to refugees more efficient by the sustainable transfer of knowledge and tools taken from specific case examples, with a particular focus on the early detection of trauma or other psychological problems.