CURANT is a cohousing project for unaccompanied young refugees who live with Flemish youth as "buddies" for at least a year. CURANT suggests many forms of assistance, including cohousing, independent training, and psychiatric support, to aid young adult refugees. The programme is intended for unaccompanied young adults (17 to 22 years old) who have subsidiary protection or refugee status.
When unaccompanied minors attain the age of legal maturity, CURANT aims to give them further assistance to increase their chances of successfully integrating into society.
In the project's framework, many cohabitation arrangements are offered. Additionally, CURANT provides individualised assistance and counselling with a focus on social integration, education, independent living, language, leisure, and activation. By fostering their resilience, independence, and all-around life skills, this integrated strategy strives to empower young adult refugees. CURANT should provide benefits to at least 75 and as many as 135 refugees overall during its programming term from 2016 to 2019.
The buddy system is one of CURANT's most inventive features. Buddies are young Flemish people who volunteer to live in a flat together and are between the ages of 20 and 30. The young adult refugees are chosen and paired with a buddy by one of CURANT's partners. Friends assist their roommates who are refugees, but they also receive important assistance during the entire process. In contrast to exchanges between a caregiver and a caretaker, CURANT hopes that the buddying approach will foster more realistic social relationships between newcomers and buddies.
The project intends to assist the target group in dealing with (war) trauma, building a network of supportive connections, and obtaining education, training, and job. Young adult refugees are expected to take their own routes in life and become less reliant on social aid, which is one of the anticipated results. Young refugees who are well assimilated into society also contribute to a more peaceful urban environment.