Refugees, migration and intercultural dialogue

What is it about?

At a time when Europe is receiving extraordinary numbers of refugees and migrants, supporting national governments in tackling this situation is a key priority for the EU. After the initial emergency phase, the EU and EU countries must ensure the social, cultural, political and economic integration of the new arrivals.

The Creative Europe programme can fund activities that recognise and celebrate the contribution refugees and migrants make to cultural diversity in Europe. Culture can be a means for refugees and migrants to meet, communicate with and become part of existing communities.

Creative Europe Special Call for Proposals: Support for refugee integration projects

Creative Europe programme is also reacting in response to the situation and invites to submit proposals for high quality European cultural, audiovisual and cross-sectoral projects dedicated to help the integration of refugees and mutual cultural understanding.

The general objective of this call for proposals is to support projects facilitating the integration of refugees in Europe, enhancing mutual cultural understanding and fostering intercultural and interfaith dialogue, tolerance and respect for other cultures.

The expected output is a limited number of high-quality consortia (referred to as Creative Partnerships) formed by bodies working in the creative and cultural sectors that will create and test initiatives designed to support the integration of refugees in the participating countries and share their results.

The specific objectives of this call are to:

  • help refugees socialise and express themselves without necessarily speaking immediately the host country language
  • be learning platforms in a wider sense, fostering respect and understanding for diversity, intercultural and civic competencies, democratic values and citizenship
  • give EU citizens the opportunity to discover, learn from and understand the values and cultures of refugees and - in the process rediscover and enrich their own
  • support the showcasing and co-creation of cultural and/or audiovisual works across Europe
  • offer the possibility of collaboration with organisations in other sectors in order to stimulate a more comprehensive, rapid, effective and long-term response to this global challenge

Project results should made widely available at local, regional, national and European levels, reach beyond the project participants and lifetime, and serve as best practice examples.

More information

  • The budget for the call is €1.6 million funded from the Creative Europe programme
  • Projects may act through transnational partnerships with operators active in the cultural and audiovisual sectors and may also include partners from other relevant sectors
  • Partnerships of at least 3 organisations covering at least 2 eligible countries may apply
  • The maximum duration of a project is 24 months and the grant awarded may be between €100,000 and €200,000, representing a maximum of 80% of the total eligible budget
  • Project grants are not intended to finance directly the needs of refugees and migrants nor intended to intervene where services of the Member States are better placed to act


  • 9 March 2016: Publication of Special Call
  • 28 April 2016, 12:00 CET (midday, Brussels time): Application deadline.
  • August 2016: Information to applicants.
  • September to December 2016: Start of selected projects.
  • 2016-2018: Working period for selected projects.

What is being done?

The Creative Europe programme safeguards and promotes Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity, itself a result of centuries of cross-cultural interactions, influences and migrations.

European cooperation projects can create intercultural dialogue and help bring communities together. Culture and cinema can bridge gaps between people in a peaceful way and encourage mutual understanding between host country populations and refugees and migrants.

Integration and inclusion are processes built by refugees, migrants and host communities collectively. Creative Europe supports cultural and audiovisual projects which can help people socialise and express themselves without relying on any one language. Such projects create a better understanding of new shared contexts and can raise awareness about migration, its causes and its effects.

EU projects

Creative Europe, and its predecessor Culture programme (2007-2013), have and continue to support projects on issues such as social inclusion, integration, intercultural dialogue and the fight against xenophobia and prejudices.

  • The project, recently selected by EU experts as a success story, worked to bring art, artists and audiences from a North African or Arabic background into arthouses and cultural institutions across Europe. It ran from 2012 to 2014 and brought 4 works, ranging from dance to literary projects, to audiences across 5 EU countries.

Explore Creative Europe Project Results to find more examples of EU-funded cultural projects, past and ongoing, dealing with these issues. Try searching with keywords such as "refugees", "migration" or "social inclusion".