The Refugee Academy offers an infrastructure for connecting existing academic, professional and practical knowledge to bring research and practice closer together. Collectively, these different forms of knowledge help people to think and reflect about the necessary societal conditions for making efforts towards integration inclusive in the long term. With its approach, the Refugee Academy makes it possible to establish unorthodox connections, whereby the learning and reflective capacities of people and organizations involved are increased and actions can be formulated.
The Refugee Academy organizes meetings that bring together practitioners, policymakers, researchers and engaged individuals (with and without a refugee background) to discuss and reflect on different themes connected to the inclusion of refugees in the Netherlands. In the meetings, the refugee perspective is prioritized by connecting policy views and organizational agendas to refugees’ life stories, and by inviting professionals with a refugee background to actively contribute to the debate about refugee inclusion. Next to that, the Refugee Academy engages in knowledge co-creation together with societal parties on various topics, such as refugee-led advocacy and the role of civic initiatives for refugees.
For more information: https://www.resilience-institute.nl/en/expertise-labs/refugee-academy/