The Hungarian Office of Immigration and Nationality called upon civil society actors and international organisations active in refugee integration to participate in a consultative meeting about a new integration scheme for refugees and people with subsidiary protection held on 7 August. The scheme’s framework is already set by amendments of the Asylum Act that will come into force as of 1st January 2014, and a Government Decree will set its practical details. The scheme is based on an ‘integration contract’ model, already in practice in Poland.
To understand more the scheme as it is currently implemented in Poland and how it could fare in Hungary, dive into our Refugee Integration Tool. The tool’s pilot phase is ongoing in four countries – Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia –until the end of 2013. Four domains are being evaluated in this phase: refugees’ access to education, to employment, to housing and to family reunification. The pilot is part of UNHCR’s Refugee Integration: Capacity and Evaluation project, co-financed by the European Refugee Fund. The project aims to develop effective, reliable and sustainable data collection methods and internal review mechanisms, identifying gaps and good practices as well as building the capacity of the various actors involved in refugee integration. The project also seeks to help develop effective refugee integration programmes, improve the quality and level of refugee integration and rally more support by fostering partnerships between governments, civil society, business, academia and other actors. At the end of the project, the findings, gaps and good practices will be made available in thematic reports and regional roundtable discussions.