On 22nd of October 2016 at Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, international conference Contemporary Migration and Social Development – Interdisciplinary perspective was held. PIN team presented research and activities conducted within ongoing projects.
Based on the activities conducted within the project Making difference for Refugee Children in Europe which is supported by IRC and DFID, PIN’s staff presented preliminary data of qualitative research about the psychological needs and capacities of refugee children in Serbia.
Additionally, PIN team presented challenges in education of refugee children and opened a discussion on potential solutions which would enable refugee children to participate in effective non-formal educational activities and their inclusion in Serbian educational system.
During the section on Social-psychological dimensions of migrations and migrants, we presented data from the study funded by UNHCR in which we explored the relationships between traumatic experiences during transit and psychological vulnerability.
Finally, the results of the study on secondary traumatization of people who work with refugees in Serbia which PIN members carried out in cooperation with IRC, initiated a fruitful discussion. Secondary traumatization of service providers was recognized as an important challenge which can be tackled by educational activities and psychological support for people who work directly with refugees on a daily bases.