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:
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.
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 " is designed to ensure that the programme works for disadvantaged young people to the greatest extent possible.
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+.