News and articles


  • Open Day in Barcelona

    08 Feb 2023

    On the 7th of February the first Open Day of the WELCOME Project was held in Barcelona.

  • 4th Plenary Meeting in Brno

    13 Jul 2022

    During the 11th and 12th of July, the Consortium met in Brno, Czech Republic for the 4th Plenary Meeting.

  • Welcome Platform: A Bird’s-Eye View

    31 May 2022

    The WELCOME platform prototype has been developed to meet the needs of public authorities and non-governmental organisations to facilitate support to the TCNs living in the EU. In this article, we show the high-level architecture of the platform, provide an overview of its components and the flows and interactions within it; and touch on aspects of deployment and security.

  • Language Units in Speech Recognition: Does Size Matter?

    26 Apr 2022

    The article looks into different granularities of language used in the speech recognition task, how they perform, and the pros and cons of using each.

  • Joint Handbook on Migrants’ Integration: A Service Design and Supply Perspective

    10 Mar 2022

    Created from the interventions and discussions carried out during the second Joint Migration Policy Roundtable, the aim of the Handbook is to identify difficulties of the approaches to migrant and refugee integration currently carried out and propose policy recommendations on how to improve it within the EU.

  • Thinking virtual agents. The source of their wisdom, and novel ways to visualise it into migration-related graphs.

    25 Oct 2021

    Nowadays Virtual Agents such as chatbots are used in a daily basis and we are used in a way to have them in our lives. The WELCOME project is using this technology to develop an Application that can help migrants and refugees to adapt better into their hosting society. But, how does this technology work and how can we use it to make the lives of migrants and refugees easier? This article explores how virtual agents can change the game in this field.

  • The importance of the active participation of immigrants in the design of public policies in Catalonia.

    02 Sep 2021

    Catalonia follows an inclusion-oriented model when it comes to the reception of immigrants, with the objective of protecting diversity and granting equal rights for everyone. To achieve this goal, the participation of migrants in the design of public policies is key and necessary. That is something that can be accomplished by the WELCOME Project, due to its methodology based on co-design and co-creation.

  • Virtual Reality and applications in language teaching for immigrants and refugees.

    08 Jul 2021

    Today there are numerous applications and online tools that facilitate learning a foreign language. However, we have to ask ourselves whether all these tools are suitable for the needs of immigrants and refugees or for all types of immigrants. As part of the WELCOME, a solution in virtual environment has being developed to support language learning, which is an innovation in the project.

  • Mental health challenges of refugees in Germany during the covid-19 pandemic.

    28 Apr 2021

    This article explores the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of refugees in Germany, based on three case studies from Berlin, Friedland and Hamm. It draws attention to the ongoing conflicts and protracted situations for refugees and asylum seekers at the borders of Europe and in reception centres within the EU.

  • Review of healthcare issues among third country national (TCN) communities inside Greece.

    19 Mar 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic confirmed the importance of health as well as the ‘’privilege’’ of access to the healthcare system. If that poses a challenge for local people around the world, how much and which are the consequences that affect TCNs?

  • Digital transformation in social work – a small report from Hamm/Germany

    26 Feb 2021

    Considering the fact that digital transformation affects all societal areas, it has become apparent that societal participation requires digital participation. Due to digitization new factors of societal exclusion have emerged. Caritas has to approach this problem to limit the digital gap.

  • How does Dissemination shift due to digitization?

    22 Jan 2021

    In research projects, dissemination is traditionally done through multiple channels, including offline channels like publications or events. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a shift of dissemination towards digitization has been noted. How does this shift look like and what can we learn from it for the future? And what of it is independent from the Covid-19 pandemic and will stay with us?

  • COVID-19, a problem or an opportunity for the Welcome project?

    21 Dec 2020

    The digital transformations that the health crisis of Coronavirus has accelerated, place us in a new and more complex scenario. But at the same time is a scenario full of opportunities for the intelligent and personalized technologies that the Welcome project is designing and developing.

  • Joint Migration Policy Whitepaper

    21 Dec 2020

    “Towards ICT-enabled integration of migrants” is the title of the cooperative outcome of the Joint Migration Policy Roundtables, organised between the 14th and the 16th of October, 2020.

  • Joint Migration Policy Roundtable 2020 with other H2020 migration projects

    16 Oct 2020

    On 14, 15 and 16 October 2020, WELCOME co-organized and participated in a roundtable about Joint Migration Policy, with other five H2020 migration projects.

  • First workshop with the target group in Hamm (Germany)

    26 Sep 2020

    The user partner Caritasverband Hamm e.V. in Germany initiates a WELCOME-workshop with refugees

  • H2020 migration projects conference

    27 May 2020

    Welcome participates, between 29 th of March and 27 th of May, in five on-line sessions organised by REA to share knowledge with other five H2020 migration projects

  • WELCOME Kick Off Meeting in Barcelona

    13 Feb 2020

    For three days the Poblenou campus of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in the catalan capital has hosted the meetings of the 15 project partners, represented by thirty people.

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