SIforREF (Integrating Refugees in Society and the Labour Market Through Social Innovation):
The refugee crisis of 2015 inevitably revealed strengths and weaknesses of social cohesion in central Europe. It showed, amongst others, that there is a lack of skills and services available in Central European regions to address the integration of refugees into society and the labour market. SiforREF examines and tests solutions with the aim to support societal and labour market integration of refugees after their arrival in five Central European cities. The team consists of researchers, representatives of local government and actors from civil society.

  • Participating cities: Bologna, Parma (Italy), Berlin (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Vienna (Austria).
  • Aim: The goal of SIforREF is that socially innovative and inclusive measures for refugee integration become mainstream.
  • Key instruments: co-operation of key stakeholders at the local level, transnational cooperation and promotion of social innovation.


  • An evaluation tool for measuring socially innovative approaches of policies and pilots to foster the integration of refugees
  • A toolbox to support policy makers, practitioners and NGOs, open guidelines for refugee integration
  • Local agreements among key public and private actors which recognise the relevance of refugee integration for the promotion of social cohesion
  • A Transnational Memorandum of Understanding

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2019 – 2022

Funding Programme: Interreg Central Europe
Lead Partner: Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Dr. Francesca Campomori (Email)