Project

Services for vulnerable Migrants who use Drugs in the EU (SEMID-EU)

Acronym
SEMID-EU
Code
41K03421
Duration
01 January 2022 → 31 December 2023
Funding
European funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Behavioural and emotional problems
Keywords
drugs migration community-based participatory research
 
Project description

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

The general objective of the project SEMID-EU is to reduce the 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.