ERIMIS is an Independent Research Unit of migration research -, psychological counseling-, and systemic therapeutic intervention, founded in 2014, in The Netherlands, targeting Eastern European migrants as primary, though not exclusive focus.
1.To contribute to the state of well being and healthy integration of migrants in The Netherlands.
2.To encourage and promote a positive response and approach to the discourse of immigration and migrants integration into the host society.
1.To stimulate a healthy and respectful climate of inclusion , psychological support and treatment for all who have faced difficulties in their integration paths and cultural adjustment to their new place of living.
2. To connect independent researcher , policy makers and ( healthcare givers)/ practitioners – especially with a migrant background, preferably in mixed teams- in order to draw in relevant understandings and make the policy design and implementation efficient and adjusted to the needs of all who are in high need for accommodation to the country of arrival.
1.The teams of professional organizations working for migrants are very largely formed by representatives of the host countries, whilst the right mix would give a richer and more realistic insight and better results.
In many cases the discourse promoted by media and politics reproduces the present distribution of power, promoting the currently dominant discourses and legitimizing the existing local practices, in which migrants are framed as problems ending up in marginalized positions – rather than opportunities to be addressed and included.
The effect of research results in practice is often invisible. Research remains locked-in, academically introverted, concerned with mediating popularized results only to its own traditional audience.
2. In terms of immediate and efficient support required by migrants – who faces psychological difficulties to the requirements of the new society- ERIMIS acknowledges the necessity for a transcultural approach and systemic-contextual driven intervention, having at core a philosophy of person-centered based approach, allowing the intervention designers to build up a deep understanding of the psycho-social context of the users and their views of the behavioral elements of the intervention.
Connecting researchers with policy makers, healthcare givers – practitioners and migrant workers is ERIMIS .
The activity of ERIMIS is coordinated by Mrs. Dana Rem, psychologist and social scientist with about 25 years’ work experience in psychological counseling, human rights and social justice, research and academia, with content knowledge in migration studies policy analysis, criminology, discourse analysis and the rhetoric of the political discourse.
By starting up such an initiative, we intend to develop a frame for innovative thinking , productive exchange of knowledge and practices to be disseminated among the leaders in governance, practitioners, policy makers and academia, with the intention of doing what is mutually benefiting for migrants and nationals from the host countries.
We would highly value any contribution to and advice for putting in practice any valuable ideas, and we are open to similar research initiatives, where joint competences in psychological counseling and migration studies are put at work and where the principles of inclusion and diversity are highly acknowledged.