Belonging starts with policy and practice: how the early inclusion of

Among the millions of people who have been forced to flee Ukraine, many are people with specific needs and vulnerabilities such as women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities. History and recent crisis experiences have taught the world an important lesson: while many people intend to return to their home countries, many cannot and will choose to stay.

Ensuring that newcomers – Ukrainians and third-country nationals – receive adequate support and services upon arrival and settling in their host country can prevent the long-term consequences of social exclusion of newcomers newcomers and subsequent generations. Investing in the inclusion of Ukrainians and responding early to the needs of host communities, for example in housing, employment, education, language, healthcare and social protection, is essential for the long-term success of integration policies. Without early support and planning, local actors may not be prepared to provide adequate services to newcomers, which can heighten social tensions and xenophobic sentiments.

IOM’s new toolkit brings together existing initiatives, tools and training to leverage, scale up and replicate the medium and long-term inclusion of newcomers. It also aims to inspire IOM missions, governments, civil society organizations and other partners on how to better prepare for and respond to the challenges of welcoming new arrivals and responding to their needs throughout the migration journey – which remains relevant beyond the Ukrainian crisis.

In line with the Global Compact for Migration, recognizing the skills, culture and new perspectives brought by Ukrainians and third-country nationals is key to harnessing innovation and empowering migrants and societies to achieve full inclusion and social cohesion.

Meeting the needs of millions of people fleeing Ukraine requires action beyond immediate and life-saving emergency assistance. IOM recognizes that investing in early inclusion measures can advance social cohesion and inclusion of affected populations in the medium to long term.

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Download the toolkit on facilitating pathways to inclusive and cohesive societies.

For more information contact:

Ace Dela Cruz, Coordinator for Migrant Integration and Social Cohesion, IOM, Email: [email protected]

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