Tailoring Research and inclusion Strategies for vulnerable migrant contexts

The RAISD co-expert and actor-oriented approach

This International Conference is organised under the H2020 project RAISD https://raisd-h2020.eu/ addresses the need for effective strategies for the attention and inclusion of distinctively Vulnerable Groups among Forcibly Displaced People.

Moderator of the Conference – Giovanni Barbieri, Migration Unit – CESIE

DAY 1: Tuesday 17/05/2022

Introduction of RAISD project

Reshaping Attention and Inclusion Strategies for Distinctively vulnerable people among the forcibly displaced

Rubén Fuentes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)


Cultural interference is paramount to providing positive support for the vulnerable groups among forcibly displaced people

Debora Kayembe – Human rights activist and Rector, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

Ms Debora Kayembe was called to the Congolese Bar Association in 2000, and has been a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting from 2010-2020. In 2016 she joined the language services of the office of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA).

Debora served as Scottish Refugee Council board member from 2013 – 2016. She also joined the Royal Society of Edinburgh/Young Academy of Scotland representing refugee minorities, and has a seat as an expert lawyer to the RSE Working Group for Africa. In 2017 Debora founded the charity Full Options.

In August 2019, history was made at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, when Debora became the first African to have her portrait erected at the wall of the society honouring her achievements and contributions to the Scottish Society.

In July 2020, Debora launched the Freedom Walk campaign – a civil rights movement which aims to lobby and campaign on behalf of citizens by promoting social reforms, racial justice and community harmony. Debora is also petitioning to the Scottish Parliament in favour of anti-racist education in Scotland. On the 3rd of February 2021, Debora Kayembe become the first person of Colour to be elected as Rector of the University of Edinburgh in 437 years and the 3rd Women to hold the position.

RAISD methodology and practices: Responsible Research and Innovation, Action Research, Socio-ecological Model

Noelia García Castillo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

Institutional greetings – Municipality of Palermo

Maria Cinzia Mantegna, Councillor for Solidarity Citizenship

Panel 1: Vulnerability profiling among Forcibly Displaced People

Vulnerability Profiles vs Vulnerability Contexts’ 

Moderator: Nezih Orhon, Anadolu University (Turkey)

  • Noelia García Castillo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid – Spain
  • Soad Ibrahim, CESIE – Italy
  • Antti Kivijärvi, Helsinki University – Finland
  • Borbála Benedek, Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants – Hungary 
  • Tayfun Dalkılıç and Elif Akçakaya, Anadolu University – Turkey
  • Anas AlSobeh and Zayed Hammad, Yarmouk University – Jordan

Panel 2: Research for Change: Gender, Forced Migration and Vulnerabilities 

Young female refugees education –  from policies to pedagogical practices

Naima Ahmad Al-Husban

Contributions of women refugees to livelihoods in urban displacements in Nairobi, Kenya

Manuela Ramos, Nancy Njoka

The precariousness of refugee camps

Aline Saraiva Leao Lima

Panel 3

Responsiveness through TAIS (Tailored Attention and Inclusion Practices)

Moderator: Béla Soltész, Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants (Hungary)

  • Liisa Hänninen, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Luisa Ardizzone, CESIE
  • Martta Myllyl,ä Helsinki University – Finland
  • Bernadette Daragics, Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants – Hungary
  • Deniz Kılıç and Duygu Keçeli, Anadolu University – Turkey
  • Kefya Khoder, Yarmouk University – Jordan

DAY 2: Wednesday 18/05/2022


Global Compact on Refugees: the difference we all can make in refugees’ lives

Maria Jesus Vega – UNHCR spokesperson (Spain)

María Jesús Vega is currently spokesperson for UNHCR in Spain and responsible for the Communications Department of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the country. She studied Social Work at the Complutense University of Madrid and broadened her studies with a Fulbright grant in USA.

Vega has been for 25 years developing her professional career in the refugee field starting her work with the Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee and UNHCR. Within the UN Refugee Agency she has work in the field of protection, political incidence, family reunification, unaccompanied and separated minors, resettlement, repatriation and donor relations. She has become familiar with UNHCR operations in countries such as Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tunisia or Jordan and Central America. She is part of the Emergency Team of the UN Refugee Agency.

    Panel 4: Action-Research Units, Quintuple Helix Representation. Importance of collaboration between local inclusion actors and actions

    Panel 4 – Action-Research Units

    Moderator: Raniero Chelli, UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union (Italy)

    • Noelia García Castillo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid – Spain
    • Cloè Saint-Nom, Rights and Justice Unit Coordinator CESIE – Italy
    • Martta Myllylä, Helsinki University – Finland
    • Bernadette Daragics, Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants – Hungary
    • Nezih Orhon, Anadolu University – Turkey
    • Amani Shatnawi, Yarmouk University – Jordan

    Capacity Building: overview of the RAISD Training Resources for inclusion through strategies tailored upon the vulnerability context of Forcibly Displaced People

    Emilia Stoduto, UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union (Italy)

    Panel 5

    Exploring CRIOS: Collaborative Research and Innovation Online Software Tool

    Moderator: Rubén Fuentes-Fernández, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

    • Rubén Fuentes-Fernández, Universidad Complutense de Madrid – Spain
    • Ahmad Sawalhah, Yarmouk University – Jordan
    • Fadi Yamout, Lebanese International University – Lebanon

    Panel 6

    RAISD Observatory. Finalizing today for tomorrow

    Liisa Hänninen, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

    Creating urban space for connections and collaboration

    Fabio Massimo Lo Verde – University of Palermo (Italy)

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    Scholarships for 5 external Stakeholders are available to take part in this event!

    Deadline for Stakeholder applications: 20/04/2022, 12h00 CET

    For further information please contact press@raisd-h2020.eu

    Please note, the Conference will be held in English language (availability of Italian simultaneous translation).

    Forced displacement crises overcome societies and institutions all over the world. Pushed by the urgencies rather than events, solutions are frequently reactive, partial, and disregard some groups. The project ‘Reshaping Attention and Inclusion Strategies for Distinctively vulnerable people among the forcibly displaced’ (RAISD) aims at identifying highly Vulnerable Groups (VG) among these forcibly displaced people, analysing their specific needs (Panel 1), and finding suitable practices to address them (Panel 2). The concept of ‘vulnerability context’ considers the interplay between the features of these persons and their hosting communities, their interactions and experiences, and how different solutions for attention and inclusion affect them. As a result of this work, a methodology to carry out these studies was developed. They pursue characterizing these migrations and developing suitable aid strategies for them.

    The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) frames the project. It proposes that all actors (including civil society) co-design actions, transversely integrates the gender perspective, and supports sustainability. Our research strategy is based on methodological triangulation (i.e. the combined application of several methodologies). We implemented it through a specific participatory action research approach to fulfil the aim of undertaking advocacy-focused research, grounded in human rights and socio-ecological models. The team worked as a network of units in countries along migration routes. The units promoted the VG people’ involvement, so they spoke with their own voices, gathered information, and tested practices. Work relied on a tight integration of Social and Computer Sciences research. Automated learning and data mining will continue helping to provide evidence-based recommendations and reduce priori biases. A software tool supports collaboration, continuing previous H2020- funded RRI work.