ARC

Active Refugees in the Community

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2019

€271 610

€203 707

Project Summary:

The ARC project aims at engaging immigrants with refugee background in meaningful activities and interaction with the local community through providing them with systematic guidance in practical activities like building and farming, opportunities to cultural interaction and practicing language skills. This helps to prevent the negative effects of polarization and marginalisation.
 
Immigrants living in Finland and Sweden participate in the project to share their personal challenges and success stories via regular video blog, and thus also enable the local community to better understand the immigrants and their individual journeys. Interaction between Finnish and Swedish immigrants will provide them peer support and strengthen their sense of dignity and belonging. The project organizes study visits as well as develops joint recommendations on cost efficient methods for improving job creation skills of immigrants and integrating them into the society. The recommendations will be disseminated to local public sector and NGOs working with immigrants by local workshops and a joint seminar. 

Lead Partner

Pirkanmaan Martat ry

Country: FI

www.martat.fi/pirkanmaa

Partner budget: 84.349 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 63.262 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Pirkanmaan muotoilu- ja taideteollisuusyhdistys Modus ry

Country: FI

http://modus.fi/

Partner budget: 102.354 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 76.765 EUR ERDF

Institute of Swedish Safety & Security

Country: SE

www.isss.se

Partner budget: 84.907 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 63.680 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

Tampereen kaupunki

Country: FI

Sopimusvuorisäätiö sr

Country: FI

Arbetsförmedlingen Norra Västmanland Heby

Country: SE

Expected results

As a result of the project the wellbeing, acceptance, societal knowledge, handcraft, language and job creation skills of participating immigrants with refugee background will improve. Altogether 100 immigrants with refugee background will be directly influenced by the project. The piloted methods and practices are disseminated and adopted in Sweden and Finland. The developed concepts and methods are transferable and can be used also in other regions and countries.

The improvements that will be gained during the project within the target group will be measured by a questionnaire and interviews with the participating immigrants. Social return on investment methods and web analytics will be utilized in the evaluation.