Disabled Refugees Welcome
Describe in no more than half a page what the project is about. Summarize the project's purpose and goals, methods and activities. Specify the target audience and describe how you think your efforts will be sustained after the project funding ends.
Government agencies and nonprofit organizations working with asylum seekers have demonstrated a lack of readiness to receive asylum seekers with disabilities, which will eventually hamper their integration into Swedish society.
The project will improve the reception of asylum seeker who have disabilities by building a network of government agencies, NGOs and individuals working with asylum seekers. Our partners in this network will refer asylum seekers with disabilities to us and the information we provide, through flyers, social media, a printed guide, email and the project website. We want to reach asylum seekers with disabilities to inform them of their rights, refer them to support efforts by other operators. We will invite them to meetings, physical and virtual, so that they can share experiences and benefit from peer support.
The project will document the perceived needs of asylum-seekers with disabilities in periodic reports as well as seminars targeted at government agencies and nonprofit organizations working with asylum seekers.
Project activities and experiences will be recorded and evaluated in order to develop and test a method for receiving applicants with disabilities. The method will be summarized in a guide on the project website and will be taught in workshops to participants in the network that can incorporate the method as a natural and integral part of their work with asylum seekers. It is expected that the project activities will no longer be needed after a project period of three years.
The project manager and the rest of the paid field workers will be recruited from among applicants with disabilities.
Describe what is already being done in the field in Sweden. What are the needs? How different project from what you and others are already doing or have done?
More than 160 000 asylum seekers found their way to Sweden in 2015 and there are still people arriving here with immediate needs for help with food, shelter, medical care and often psychological support after traumatic experiences. In order to clarify their situation, their future prospects and to gain new life goals and the tools to be able to work towards these goals asylum seekers need to be connected with swedish people, legal counseling, language training, further education and vocational training, etc.. Many people have been injured in war or during the often perilous journey to get here or had a disability already.
Public information on the number of asylum seekers with disabilities and their needs are not available (Fria Tidningen 2015 11 18). These disabilities in many cases require adjustments such as housing, education, vocational training and rehabilitation, assistive devices and mobility services in order for people to be well placed to participate in society. There are sporadic reports of individual asylum seekers with disabilities in remote refugee camps without the right to transportation services and thus without the ability to get to the Swedish teaching, counseling, job placement, etc. (Fria Tidningen 2015 11 18). On Facebook, there were, for example, a news and discussion about a 15-year-old Afghan boy who had to be carried everywhere by her father for lack of a wheelchair (En utsträckt hand februari 2016)
Government agencies and nonprofit organizations working with asylum seekers need to know the extent and nature of disabilities and the resulting needs of asylum seekers in order to better adapt their work to all asylum seekers. Preparedness in terms of human resources and procedures necessary for including asylum seekers with disabilities, as a natural and integral part of the authorities and organizations work, to be received in a dignified manner and integrated into Swedish society.
Describe the target group and how to reach the target group. Enter the number of people you expect to reach through the project's activities, both as active participants and total number reached. (By active participants meant those that can affect the project planning and implementation.)
Also describe how you know that the project is wanted by the target group or its representatives.
The target group consists of: girls, boys, adults and older people with disabilities who have come to Sweden as asylum seekers, government authorities, NGOs and individuals working with asylum seekers.
The number of people in the target group.
There are no statistics available on the number of people with disabilities among asylum seekers. The Swedish Migration Agency covers costs for local government for asylum applicant's voluntary health screening which about 60% of asylum applicants chose to undergo (Bengt Gradin, Swedish Migration Agency ). Because of this screening it is estimated by the Swedish Migration Agency that 20% to 30% of applicants have special needs (Bengt Gradin, Swedish Migration Agency). For 2015, it would mean that among the more than 160 000 asylum seekers that came to Sweden in 2016 there were between 32 000 and 48 000 persons with disabilities. In 2016(7?), a higher proportion of quota refugees is expected than before (SHIS), which means a higher proportion of people with disabilities due to the priorities of the Swedish refugee quota.
Given the great diversity among asylum seekers in terms of nationality, culture and language, and with regard to the project's limitations in terms of staff and other resources, the project will be limited mainly to asylum seekers who speak Arabic, English or French. People who speak other languages, we will refer to organizations in our network better able to respond.
Describe the overall purpose and why the project is important to implement?
Also describe the project's intended outcome: the results you want to achieve with the project? The objectives should be specific and measurable.
The project will improve the reception of asylum seekers with disabilities and their ability to integrate into Swedish society through the development, testing and application of a method for the reception of asylum seekers with disabilities, which could eventually be taken over by authorities and NGOs and become a natural part of their general work with asylum seekers.
The effectiveness can be measured in part by documenting among other things, how many asylum seekers with disabilities who meet the project workers; how many are referred to rehabilitation, aids, adapted housing; participating in project activities and group meetings for exchange of experience and peer support for asylum seekers with disabilities.
Additional measurable outcomes
the frequency and distribution of periodic reports to the authorities and NGOs for asylum seekers with disabilities and their perceived needs. How many copies of printed material that are requested by authorities and voluntary organizations working with asylum seekers.
Attendence numbers for the project seminars on the perceived needs of asylum-seekers with disabilities and visitor numbers for the project workshops held with government agencies, NGOs, the public and the media about the development of methods for the reception of asylum seekers with disabilities.
Other ways to measure the project's effectiveness is how the projects method for the reception of asylum seekers with disabilities is used by government agencies and nonprofit organizations working with asylum seekers in general ..
How will you proceed in order to achieve the objective? What methods will you use? What activities are you planning to implement to promote gender equality, accessibility and diversity? How will the project be organized, such as the steering committee or reference?
Make a time and activity plan for each year, preferably in a list or table form. If you wish, make it an appendix.
We know from our contacts with asylum seekers, Immigration Service and the organizations working with asylum seekers Stockholm City Social Services Department, SHIS homes, Jesuit Refugee Service, Refugees Welcome to the activities that our project would implement needed greatly.
The activities begin in Year 1 with a geographical focus on the Stockholm region and will continue in Year 2 and Year 3
Activities that started in Year 1 will continue in Year 2 and Year 3rd
During Year 2 the following activities commence
Activities that started in Year 1 and Year 2 will continue
In Year 3, the project will
The project manager will
network with government agencies and other organizations working on refugee issues; detail efforts of the authorities and NGOs; represent the project at meetings on refugee issues; recruit, train, supervise project workers and volunteers and coordinate their efforts; document and evaluate the project's work and methods. The project management as well as some other project workers, recruited from among asylum seekers with disabilities and assisted in its function by people who long worked with disability issues in Sweden.
Journalist / communicator
builds and manages the project website and periodic mailings; writes and disseminates information on the project for asylum seekers, relevant agencies and organizations, and a guide on the rights of refugees and public and private support efforts in print and electronic media to be distributed across the country; coordinates the translation of materials into relevant languages; compile and disseminate periodic reports on the needs of asylum-seekers with disabilities; publish articles with appropriate description, analysis and proposals for periodicals and the project website; assist the project by mapping existing support actions, organizing meetings and seminars; documents the continuous work of the project and methods.
Locates and visits places where asylum seekers are received, presents the project, meets individual asylum seekers with disabilities and their families; map their needs and, if necessary, refer them to agencies and organizations for help; inviting them to group meetings for information and peer support; recruit, introduce, coordinate and supervise volunteers. Several project workers recruited from among applicants with disabilities.
with a background in social work, related occupations, disability movement and immigrant associations and any relevant language skills act as mentors or interpreter for one or more asylum-seekers with disabilities in post and under the supervision of the project. Volunteers are also needed to provide babysitting for parents who participate in the project activities.
Project workers and volunteers with relevant language skills are recruited among asylum seekers and immigrants.
Additional internal services
Database Programming / webmaster as well as an internal consultant to support project management are functions that already exist within the organization.
Accounting including financial statements have proved more cost effective when operated by a hired external experts.
Introduction, training and supervision of field workers and volunteers to be carried out by a retired social worker in the Stockholm social services with good contacts within the city administration. The person works as an external consultant and assists with project contacts with authorities.
For peer support training of field workers and volunteers we engage outside experts with experience of reciprocal peer support in the disability field.
External consultants will be engaged to help with the preparation, layout and production of our information.
We will meet people who have experienced traumatic events, have had to leave everything behind, seen death up close, injured and traumatized. We must anticipate their distrust. One way to counter skepticism is to recruit project workers who are themselves asylum seekers with disabilities and to work as closely as possible with the people and organizations who have the asylum seekers' confidence. We are trying, for example, get the Christian and Islamic religious communities and organizations as partners in the project.
Impairments can be seen in some cultures as a result of the individual's or parents' past behavior with consequences for the person and their family's social status. To openly seek help for a family member with a disability is not always obvious which will complicate the work. We have good contact with a British researcher in the field, Dr. M. Miles who has provided us with reference material in preparation for the project.
Taking part in group meetings requires transportation. One way to solve it would be to engage the Stockholm mobility service authority in the project to build a pilot project with transportation service for asylum seekers with disabilities. A complement / alternative to physical meetings can be virtual meetings for which we try to engage a mobile phone operator in the project.
Group meetings for exchange of experience and peer support requires trust between the participants. Considering asylum seekers have many different backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, culture and religion, we must reckon with conflicts within the group. One possible way to deal with the conflicts are inviting, at least initially, people with similar backgrounds to the group meetings ..
The project is owned by the Independent Living Institute
Cooperating organizations are thus far: DHR, Apply Human Rights, the Jesuit Refugee Service Sweden which includes the offer of meeting space for the project team meetings, the City of Stockholm (to be confirmed), Refugees Welcome Sweden (to be confirmed)
The steering committee meets about twice a year and consists of a few representatives of the collaborating organizations. Stockholm's disability ombudsman attends select meetings.
The reference group consists of representatives from the other players we cooperate with and are contacted / convened as necessary.
Friends of Disabled Refugees Welcome is constructed as a virtual network with all those interested in the issue and who want to contribute to the project in whatever way they can, material and volunteer - not least by being a friend to one or more asylum seekers with disabilities.
If you are planning to collaborate with another actor, describe how this work will be carried out and the role your partner should have in the project. Remember that reported partnerships can contribute positively to the Swedish Inheritance Fund's assessment of how well the project meets the criteria innovation, participation and survival.
For each partner please provide name, address, contact person and their contact information (email and phone).
1. Knowledge, information gathering and dissemination, and training of project workers
The project recruits project workers with relevant language and cultural skills among asylum seekers with disabilities and organizes several weeks of training for the partners, government agencies and NGOs working with asylum seekers. Where do they follow, help, study and document their work. In this way, they learn where asylum seekers with certain needs can be cited.
The project workers describe current efforts and support for asylum seekers with partners, governments, NGOs and individuals on the project website, printed flyers and social media.
2. Network Construction
The network of partners
Project partner participation in the network is critical to the dissemination of results.
Partners so far
During the project we expect the list of partners to grow and include other local and regional government bodies and non-profit organizations, including more disability organizations, ethnic groups, Christian and Muslim faiths.
Inheritance Fund has three main criteria that must be met for the project to be funded. Motivate under items 7-9 how the project meets the criteria.
Describe what is innovative and evolving with your project. For example, to create new forms of communities, partnerships or methods. The description should always be related to what has already been done in the field. Disconnect happy together the grounds with the background description as you did in paragraph 2.
Inheritance Fund assesses this criterion from a national perspective, but we take into account geographical and demographic conditions.
How has the target group been involved in project planning? How will the target group be involved in the implementation and continuation of the project? What organizations are you going to work with that are well rooted in the project's target audience?
Who is responsible for the operation continued after the project is finished? Which parts of the project to live on? What do you calculate that it costs to run per year? How will the business when financed? How will knowledge be documented, utilized and disseminated to others?