Transitional Accommodation/Housing of asylum seekers is a key moment in integration process not just as it provides plain shelter and basic security. Transitional accommodation is a base from which community socialization starts and social connections are made, education and employment links are initiated, and from which sustainable livelihood grows. Still, youth beneficiaries have many barriers to overcome to achieve independence and integration in Serbia. Language learning and education are priorities, so our student beneficiaries are dedicated to summer and autumn faculty exams, and those in secondary school are volunteering and leaning language.
Socialization of our youth beneficiaries is also important part of integration process, and our boys find attractive that their transitional accommodation living place is basically the same as local people and families have, because apartments are in the average building, neighborhood is good, public transport is accessible in different time of day, local shops are available… They consider their freedom of stay in transitional accommodation as benefit, since they can easily reach school, go to shopping, meet friends, spend Friday or Saturday evening in the city with them, occasionally visit their friends in refugee camps…
These interactions generate life experience that will determine their directions in terms of observed opportunities and choices, adopted activity patterns, and created future social networks of our beneficiaries.
Under supervision and assistance of JRS team, our beneficiaries are doing well in their integration and education, and jointly we are taking care that they continue this way.