Within the refugee population, unaccompanied minors constitute the most vulnerable group, for which European and international standards offer care and protection. However, when these minors reach the age of adulthood (+18), they are no longer able to benefit from subsidized shelter, mandatory integration courses, enrollment in reception classes, customized trainings, and the support from a legal guardian. By definition this vulnerable group of young adults is unqualified, not in education, employment and training, and develops into protracted dependence of social welfare.
The CURANT consortium radically wants to break with this reality, by means of three innovations to be 'tested' on a selection of minimum 75 and maximum 135 unaccompanied young adult refugees:
- Cohousing with volunteer buddies (not only for reasons of shelter, but as a means to sustainable 1on1 integration).
- Circular integrated individual trajectories (focused on activation, education, independent living, language, leisure, social integration and psychological counseling), with intensive follow up by means of individual case management.
- Theory driven evaluation, allowing for the measurement of the impact of cohousing schemes and the circular approach on the integration of the target group.
In the context of a tight housing market, the cohousing schemes will require substantial investments in suitable real estate, aiming at the purchase, renovation and rent of in total 75 cohousing units.
The University of Antwerp and its research centers (including CeMIS) have a close working relationship with the city of Antwerp. In the drafting process of the CURANT proposal, CeMIS delivered all necessary input for its contribution to the Work Packages it is involved in. During the interactive workshop (4 March 2016) leading up to the proposal submission, all partners involved including CeMIS agreed on the project scope, partner contributions, and Work Package deliverables and output.
Next to contributing to all project management related tasks, CeMIS will lead the implementation Work Package on 'Evaluation', and will also be intensively involved in the Work Package on 'Communication'. The evaluation will feed into the content of the project's communication activities, and all CeMIS publications (in particular evaluation reports and fact sheets) will be disseminated through the project web page.
The Projects costs €6,117,879.00. Each partner pays 20% of his own budget. OCMW Antwerp receives a subsidy of €4,894,303.32 from the Urban Innovative Actions Fund/ EC.
CeMIS is in charge of the evaluation study of CURANT. The output of this study can be found here:
More information on CURANT can be found here: