Integration of young refugees in the EU. Good practices and challenges : annex : methodology and topic guides

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The report uses a qualitative case study approach, based on focus groups and semi-structured individual interviews. The purpose of the case studies is not empirical generalisation in the statistical sense, but to provide a description and in-depth understanding of a complex social issue, distilling drivers and obstacles for integration of young refugees. FRA collected evidence on the impact of policy responses to the arrival of young refugees in 2015/16 by carrying out socio-legal research and analysis at 15 locations in six EU Member States. This section summarises the project’s development and oversight, and its methodological approach. The research was conducted in 2017 and 2018. It involved different phases: desk research; focus groups; as well as individual interviews with experts and with people in need of international protection in the following six EU Member States: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Sweden. These countries were selected because they were among those that received the highest numbers of asylum seekers in 2015-16. Greece was chosen because of its particular challenges as a country of first arrival and transit.

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