Local integration is one of the most realistic durable solutions available for refugees in Ukraine. Key areas where UNHCR Ukraine seeks to facilitate local integration are:
- Advocacy (to streamline the legislative framework and create a favourable protection environment to enable refugees’ socio-economic integration);
- Enterprise development (self-reliance grants for self-employment);
- Vocational training (assistance with skills training);
- Employment (assistance with job search and collaboration with the Employment Centres);
- Ukrainian language training;
- Support to community initiatives.
In its efforts to promote local integration, UNHCR Ukraine cooperates with the state authorities and different ministries to ensure favourable conditions for local integration.
Through its partners, UNHCR conducts Ukrainian language and computer literacy courses for beginners. Partners provide schedule and enrolment information in their respective locations.
UNHCR and its partners support several programmes to assist refugees and asylum seekers with local integration and self-reliance. Please refer to the section on Support Programmes.
UNHCR and its partners support Community Support Initiatives, which include a range of activities designed to mobilise and empower refugee communities. These initiatives build on the education, skills, and capacities of affected populations and aim to strengthen their abilities to organise emergency response, protect themselves, and identify solutions. If your community needs to learn certain skills in a particular topic that would enable you to become more self-reliant, UNHCR can support your community with training, and skills acquisition. For refugees and asylum seekers in particular, this could also include community-based activities in the area of mental health and psychosocial support. A community support initiative does not involve procurement of equipment/supplies or repair of premises. For more details, please address UNHCR partners in the respective locations or UNHCR at +38 (044) 288 97 10 on Wednesdays from 10:00 – 16:30.