Until 2016, availability of research and evaluations of resettlement schemes and outcomes have existed in a limited scope. EU-FRANK wants to change that.

In the preparation stages of the project, we realised there is a lack of coordination between existing initiatives and no overview of potential gaps. In order to provide a solid research ground for development activities within the project or amongst other actors, the EU-FRANK project has formed partnership with the Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPIE).

Within the framework of the project, MPIE will deliver several studies aiming to increase participating States’ and other stakeholders’ knowledge about methods that are being used and challenges that should be addressed to further improve resettlement programs.

The research component of EU-FRANK shall:

  • Provide a basis for the project by providing information on the current state of resettlement activities in the EU
  • Point to areas where a need for improved knowledge exists
  • Conduct mappings in the beginning, during and at end of the project period, as well as targeted studies throughout 2017-2019.

The results are disseminated to project participants via workshops and webinars, and are available here as well as on the MPI website.

So far, MPI has delivered the following studies within the framework of EU-FRANK:

  • Taking stock of refugee resettlement. Policy objectives, practical tradeoffs, and the evidence base, H. Beirens and S. Fratzke (2017)
  • Scaling up refugee resettlement in Europe. The role of institutional peer support, H. Beirens and A. Ahad (2018)

Soon to be launched is a study on:

  • Pre-departure cultural orientation for resettled refugees (2018)

Ahead is the planned release of Mind maps illustrating central decisions and considerations for States when designing and implementing resettlement programs (winter 2018-2019), as well as a Pilot project on monitoring and evaluation of resettlement programs (2019).

When the project ends in 2020, MPI will revisit and analyze again the resettlement landscape, to assess change that has taken place over the course of the project period, and what potential implications including new or remaining challenges exist for resettlement programs in Europe.