This project is aimed at drug use and migration in Europe. Although many migrant groups in Europe have lower rates of substance use than the populations in the countries where they live, several risk factors make them more vulnerable to engage in problematic drug use. These risk factors include traumatic experiences, disengagement with society, unemployment and poverty. Services and municipalities throughout the European Union are faced with the challenge to address these migrants’ needs. A thorough understanding of the needs of vulnerable migrants who use drugs (MWUD) could improve local responses throughout Europe harms of vulnerable migrants who use drugs by:
1) improving knowledge and understanding among policymakers and practitioners; and
2) strengthening capacities of healthcare and support services working with these groups.
The project is organized around four work packages that are logically linked and build upon each other:
Assessment of the situation
Obtaining an integrated understanding of local needs and responses
Development of policy recommendations, toolkits and practical guidelines
Implementation in the field.
A broad variety of methods will be applied, from literature reviews to interviews and focus group discussions, and from local workshops to webinars and symposia.
The project will be implemented by the coordinating organisation Mainline (The Netherlands), in close cooperation with other centres of expertise in the field, from across the EU. The involvement of a broad variety of stakeholders – from local care providers to global actors – will safeguard the quality of the project design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination.
The outcomes of the project will contribute significantly to the improvement of policies and interventions focusing on migrants who use drugs in Europe.