When trainees still struggled to get work placements, the partners commissioned research on how to get youth initiatives off the ground in refugee communities.
The research, Out of Exile: developing youth work with young refugees, was published in 2000. It was supported by a series of development days, to bring together refugee community organisations, mainstream youth services and youth policy-makers.
These groups made suggestions for supporting refugee youth work – such as initiatives to bring young refugees together, and training to develop workers’ experience and expertise.
So the young refugees asked them to: ‘go away and make something happen, then invite us back.’ The outcome was The Barbara Melunsky Refugee Youth Agency – in short, RefugeeYouth.