Services for vulnerable Migrants who use Drugs in the EU (SEMID-EU)

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Several risk factors make migrants more vulnerable to engage in problematic drug use (e.g. traumatic experiences, disengagement with society, unemployment and poverty). Services and municipalities throughout Europe are challenged by these migrants’ needs. A thorough understanding of the needs of vulnerable migrants who use drugs (MWUD) could improve local responses throughout Europe.The general objective of the project ‘Services for Vulnerable Migrants who use Drugs in the EU’ (SEMID-EU) is to improve the wellbeing and reduce the harms of vulnerable migrants who use drugs by: (1) improving knowledge and understanding among policymakers and practitioners and (2) strengthening capacities of healthcare and support services. The project is organized around four work packages: (1) Assessment of the situation, (2) Obtaining an integrated understanding of local needs and responses, (3) Development of policy recommendations, toolkits and practical guidelines, and (4) Implementation in the field. The main methods will be a literature review, interviews and focus group discussions. The involvement of a broad variety of stakeholders – from local care providers to global actors – will safeguard the quality of the project design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination.SEMID-EU project started on the first of January 2022 and first research results are expected to be ready by the summer of 2022 (literature review). Preliminary results of the literature review will be presented. The outcomes of the project should contribute significantly to the improvement of policies and interventions focusing on MWUD in Europe.

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