The EU funded project RACCOMBAT - Preventing and Combatting Racism and Xenophobia through Social Orientation of Non-Nationals is implemented by a consortium of researchers from Austria, Belgium, Romania, Greece and Latvia, led by the Center for the Study of Democracy, Sofia, Bulgaria. The project meets the necessity to seek tools and mechanisms to prevent and combat racism and xenophobia against non-nationals throughout their whole integration in society. An important part of that process is social orientation supposed to ensure that participants build in well in host societies to their own and society’s benefit. Integration and orientation should take place in full observance of fundamental rights and legal obligations of all parties. Thus, participants should be given knowledge about those and the acts of hatred they may encounter, learn to recognise such acts and be aware of all legal tools offered by the host state.
The project will perform mapping and analysis of social orientation systems in 6+6 EU Member States, will gather and present best practices in the area and will create guidelines for including fundamental rights and legal content at every step of the integration process.
Through its activities, the project team wants to ensure that asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection get, at every step of their integration process, the necessary knowledge to counter and seek redress for violations of their rights and acts of racism and xenophobia. Experts will make every effort to make asylum, social, anti-discrimination, law enforcement and judicial authorities aware of this necessity and prepare them for the specific needs of the non-national groups that may need their services. Service providing NGOs, on the other hand, will be encouraged to include law and fundamental rights components in their integration curricula.
For more information: http://raccombat-project.eu