PERCO projects

The Join Forces for Integration in Europe project aims to improve the integration of refugees in the European Union countries, and to enable them to contribute positively to the communities where they reside.

Much more is now known about how to integrate refugees into European countries, and why the participation of refugees in civil society is all important.

The project brings together PERCO and other organisations involved in refugee integration in Europe. They include European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), an umbrella organisation of refugee NGOs; the ECRE Task Force on Integration, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The four organisations meet regularly to ensure sharing of experiences and to maximise the benefits of networking.

From the start, the European Commission was keen to support the project. The funding was received from the Directorate General for Employment and Social Affairs (Directorate General V) as part of budget line B3-4113 (Integration of Refugees).

The Employment and Social Affairs directorate had among its prime responsibilities: working for equality for women and men; the struggle against racism and xenophobia; and, activities to promote measures combatting social exclusion. Responsibility for all refugee activities has now been transferred to the Directorate General for Justice and Home Affairs.