On the 5th and 6th of July 2010, an International Conference was organized in Rome by the EVASP project in order to present the key findings of the project and further explore and compare with other experiences and practices from all over Europe some of the key themes and issues which have emerged throughout the EVASP project.
The Conference allowed in particular for an in-depth discussion and exploration of the following three key themes:
» Current conceptualizations and working definitions of vulnerability in asylum seekers
» Current practices in the provision of (psychosocial) services to vulnerable asylum seekers
» Key challenges and identification of key recommendations on best practice of service provision to vulnerable asylum seekers
To view the presentations made at the final Conference please click the links below.
Enhancing Vulnerable Asylum Seekers Protection EVASP is a EU-funded initiative aiming at enhancing the conditions under which vulnerable asylum seekers, can effectively be identified and supported in presenting and pursuing their claims and receive an adequate response to their psychosocial and mental health needs during the whole asylum seeking process. Implemented in 4 European countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Greece) EVASP officially started in January 2009 and will run until the end of August 2010.
The Project allowed for the exchange of information and best practices at local, national and international level through the organization of 20 field research missions, 4 local stakeholders’ roundtables, 3 transnational steering committees’ meetings, 3 newsletters, a common Online Resource Centre and a final EU-wide Conference.
In addition, the development and pilot testing, in each of the 4 countries involved, of a training of trainers programme for wide categories of professionals working or having contacts with vulnerable asylum seekers in all stages of the asylum procedure will allow for the future setting up of a transnational network of experts able to better assess and address asylum seekers mental and psychosocial needs.