Stichting De Verre Bergen is a philanthropic foundation aimed at contributing to improve the city of Rotterdam. This foundation has developed a programme (Stichting Nieuw Thuis Rotterdam, SNTR) to promote the integration of Syrian families who have recently settled in Rotterdam. The programme focuses on learning the Dutch language, guidance in education and work, welcoming and getting to know the neighborhood and city, and stimulating self-sufficiency. In addition, apartments have been purchased for these families. The Erasmus University Rotterdam has been asked to follow the integration of these refugee families in Rotterdam and to determine the effect of the SNTR programme. The research will map the integration through a large-scale longitudinal survey and follow refugee families that participate in the SNTR programme and refugees who do not (comparison group participates in the integration programme of the municipality of Rotterdam). Through largely qualitative research, the content of the project and the participants' experiences are monitored intensively (process evaluation).
For the purpose of the research, SDVB finances a second postdoctoral researcher during the period 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2020. This is equivalent to funding for a period of three consecutive academic years.