The Development Perspectives STIRE team.
A Drogheda based humanitarian organisation, Development Perspectives, has secured funding to carry out research among refugees newly arrived in Ireland as part of a project which aims to assist Syrian refugees build a life for themselves and their families in Ireland.
The research is part of a project called STIRE (Supporting the Integration of the Resettled) and will seek to analyse the needs of refugees arriving in Ireland from camps in Jordan and Lebanon after fleeing the devastating conflict in Syria.
This needs analysis will take the form of three focus groups and six one-to-one interviews. The information gathered will then guide the development of educational workshops and tools related to the orientation of refugees upon arrival in Ireland. These workshops will provide information and support on legal, social and cultural concerns they might have about their new communities.
Research will also take place with stakeholders such as non-governmental organisations, policy makers, service providers, community multipliers and volunteers working with refugees. This research will identify the challenges facing these stakeholders in their work and interactions with displaced persons.
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Speaking about the research, STIRE Project Coordinator Paul Crewe said:
“This research will be invaluable as a starting point to engage with the refugees and to understand their immediate needs when arriving in Ireland from their own perspectives. The parallel research with stakeholders will compliment this by understanding the challenges in meeting these needs.”
STIRE is a two year project involving seven partner organisations from six countries (Austria, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Romania and Slovenia). It is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
The overall goal of STIRE is to foster cooperation and partnership between resettled migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and their respective host communities in Ireland by contributing to their pre-departure and post-arrival support and building capacity in the receiving communities and promoting partnerships.