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.

Final conference

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May 2022

Real Albergo dei Poveri in C.so Calatafimi, 217 – Palermo, Italy
Deadline for registration: 01/05/2022, 12h00 CET

Final Agenda

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

Tuesday 17/05/2022

09:30 – 10:00Registration
10:00 – 10:15Welcome and Opening

10:15 – 10:30


Introduction of RAISD project: ‘Reshaping Attention and Inclusion Strategies for Distinctively vulnerable people among the forcibly displaced’
10:30 – 11:00Key-note \\\ Debora Kayembe – Human rights activist and Rector, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
“Cultural interference is paramount to providing positive support for the vulnerable groups among forcibly displaced people”
11:00 – 11:15Institutional greetings – Municipality of Palermo
Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of the City of Palermo
Coffee break
11:30 -11:45 RAISD methodology and practices: Responsible Research and Innovation, Action Research, Socio-ecological Model
Noelia García Castillo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
11:45 – 12:30Panel 1: Vulnerability profiling among Forcibly Displaced People
Vulnerability Profiles vs Vulnerability Contexts
Moderator: Nezih Orhon, Anadolu University (Turkey)
12:30 – 13:15

Panel 2: Research for Change: Gender, Forced Migration and Vulnerabilities
Moderator: Liisa Hänninen, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

  • Naima Ahmad Al-Husban, “Young female refugees’ education: from policies to pedagogical practices”
  • Manuela Ramos, Nancy Njoka “Contributions of women refugees to livelihoods in urban displacements in Nairobi, Kenya”
  • Aline Saraiva Leao Lima, “The precariousness of refugee camps”
14:30 – 15:15Preview of the transmedia webdoc: Refugees and people from host communities share their experiences through letters, stories, tales and poems
Rubén Fuentes, Noelia García Castillo and Liisa Hänninen, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
15:15 – 16:30Panel 3: Responsiveness through TAIS (Tailored Attention and Inclusion Practices)
Moderator: Béla Soltész, Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants (Hungary)
16:30 – 17:00Closure

Wednesday 18/05/2022

09:00 – 9:30Registration
09:30 – 09:45Welcome and Opening
09:45- 10:15 Key-note \\\ Maria Jesus Vega – UNHCR spokesperson (Spain)
“Global Compact on Refugees: the difference we all can make in refugees’ lives”

10:15 – 11:00


Panel 4: Action-Research Units, Quintuple Helix Representation. Importance of collaboration between local inclusion actors and actions
Moderator: Raniero Chelli, UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union (Italy)

11:00 – 11:15


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)
Coffee break
11:30 – 12:15

Panel 5: Exploring CRIOS: Collaborative Research and Innovation Online Software Tool
Moderator: Rubén Fuentes-Fernández, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

12:15 – 12:45


Panel 6: RAISD Observatory. Finalizing today for tomorrow
Moderator: Liisa Hänninen, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

12:45 – 13:00


Creating urban space for connections and collaboration
Fabio Massimo Lo Verde – University of Palermo (Italy)
Networking Lunch

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.

Feel invited to join our KNOW-HOW conference,

to explore and discuss our results and reflect on common challenges in the field of Migration!