Policy support

Social inclusion of all young people, including those from a migrant background, is a key aim of the EU Youth Strategy (2010-2018).

National governments have worked together to agree on a framework to better implement this strategy, the EU Work Plan for Youth for 2016-2018.

Building on evidence from the EU Youth Report 2015 and due to political developments, national governments in cooperation with the European Commission are prioritising the integration of young people with a migrant background, including newly-arrived migrants and refugees.

Youth work and non-formal learning respond to the opportunities and challenges raised by the increasing numbers of young migrants and refugees in the EU by:

  • Helping new arrivals learn about and make European values their own
  • Encouraging intercultural dialogue and building mutual understanding between new arrivals and the receiving communities

To do so, youth work must reach out to young people with a migrant background and cooperate closely with civil society organisations and public services.

Programme support

The Erasmus+ programme in the field of youth promotes fairness and inclusion for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds and with fewer opportunities (such as migrants or refugees) through specific support, priority setting and targeted use of funds.

The 2015 Erasmus+ "Inclusion and Diversity Strategy English (en) " is designed to ensure that the programme works for disadvantaged young people to the greatest extent possible.

  • The integration of migrants and refugees is an additional target for 2016

Parts of Erasmus+ such as the European Voluntary Service, youth exchanges and opportunities for youth workers are concrete ways to achieve this goal.

Erasmus+ opportunities for youth and youth workers can encourage intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning. Tolerance, mutual understanding and the fight against racism and xenophobia are important objectives for Erasmus+. 

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