The analysis of practices
• mapping CS programmes implemented around the world
• comprehensive analysis of legal acts, political and programming documents, as well as governmental and other institutions’ reports (e.g. NGOs, international organisations) on the CS around the world
• in-depth case study of programmes in the countries selected for comparative analysis – Poland, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.
• the experimentally designed study of the possible impact of knowledge about the presence of the CS and its media coverage on the social attitudes of Poles
• the survey examining differences and determinants of attitudes towards various refugee policies/programmes, including CS in Poland.
• semi-structured individual interviews with experts, policymakers, practitioners as well as representatives of sponsor and sponsored groups undertaken in Poland, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom
• selected case studies of initiatives, programmes and projects that include some elements of the CS model in Poland.
A central idea of the study is to conduct a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the challenges, opportunities and prospects of Community Sponsorship. To meet this aim, we use a multidisciplinary and multimethod approach. The study is being underpinned by social policy, sociology and social psychology and is based on the principle of co-production, where knowledge is produced in conjunction with various stakeholders, including community-based practitioners and researchers recruited from the researched community, that is the representatives of refugees who participated in CS and sponsors.
CS is a model of admitting refugees that relies on the state-nonstate partnership, i.e. the cooperation between the state and non-state actors. The state takes responsibility for the legal admission of refugees, while nonstate actors such as non-governmental organisations support them in reception and integration after their arrival.
The CS framework originated from Canada and its emergence in Europe can be linked to the 2015 'migration crisis' related to increased refugee migration into Europe and the challenges of receiving and supporting asylum seekers.
Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects of Community Sponsorship (COPOCS) is a three-year project funded by the National Science Centre in Poland in which we develop a theoretical and methodological framework to research Community Sponsorship (CS) and its implications for admitting and supporting refugees, and conduct a comprehensive analysis of the challenges, opportunities, and prospects of CS in Europe.
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