The EU-FRANK project has, as the summer looms around the corner, entered its final phase of implementation. With a busy spring despite the covid-19 outbreak, the project managed to run almost all of the planned activities. The final conference, held in a webinar format was visited by over 110 participants whom listened to the results of the project and a panel discussion on what the future holds of resettlement beyond the EU-FRANK project.
During the course of spring 2020, the project has switched its modus of implementation from live study visits, thematic meetings and workshops, to instead arrange these together with project partners, in an online format. It goes without saying that that this change has been a challenge, not least technically, but several important lessons have been learned. In addition to the challenges, we have encountered many positive findings on cooperation and exchanges. All these lessons learned are under compilation in a short report that will be published on the project website after summer.
While the project in its first years focused efforts on developing practical know-how, the final part has to a large extent concerned exploring ways of creating and supporting structured cooperation and exchange between states. This has taken the form of three pilot assignments, all which have been concluded this spring. The findings will be available to read in the autumn as well when the reports are finalised. In addition, we look forward to two new studies increasing our knowledge of how rural and small communities work on resettlement, as well as the follow up on the very first study published within the framework of the project, Taking Stock of Resettlement. All this material is accessible on the EU-FRANK website, so your summer reading may just all be sorted!
The project is now in the phase of transferring results and recommendation to EASO and with this, the majority of the project implementation phase is finalised. Some work will still be ongoing in the autumn and we highly recommended that you to keep a look on the project website for any new reports being published.
With this, the EU-FRANK project team sends our best summer wishes to all of you, and thank you for all support and cooperation over the years.
Project Manager EU-FRANK
Author: Gabriela Prado