PROGRAMME GUIDE 2016 HAS BEEN UPDATED: to address issues around social cohesion, and the integration of refugees and migrants

Following on from a series of initiatives to tackle the current refugee crisis announced by the European Commission, the Erasmus+ programme will have a clearer focus on supporting refugees and other marginalised groups in 2016.


The European Commission has recently launched two new webpages for Erasmus+ on this topic:


Additionally, for 2016, the Programme Guide has been updated to address issues around social cohesion, and the integration of refugees and migrants.

“Europe needs more cohesive and inclusive societies which allow citizens to play an active role in democratic life. Education and youth work are key to prevent violent radicalisation by promoting common European values, fostering social integration, enhancing intercultural understanding and a sense of belonging to a community. Erasmus+ is an important instrument to promote the inclusion of people with disadvantaged backgrounds, especially newly arrived migrants, in response to critical events affecting European countries.” Page 7, 2016 Call Programme Guide.

More specifically, youth projects across all Key Actions and the Strategic Partnerships action (Key Action 2) more generally have updated priorities to enable organizations to work with these identified target groups.


  • For example, for Key Action 1 projects, the award criteria under ‘relevance of the project’ now includes criteria linked to reaching out to young people with fewer opportunities including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants along with criteria linked to social inclusion and preventing the violent radicalization of young people.


  • For Strategic Partnerships (Key Action 2) organisations working in the education, training and youth fields are encouraged to undertake activities aimed at inclusion, combating radicalisation and helping migrants and refugees. Horizontal priorities for this action are applicable across all fields and include the following:


“Inclusive education, training and youth: in line with the Paris Declaration, priority will be given to actions addressing diversity in (formal and non-formal) education and training, developing social, civic, intercultural competences and media literacy, combating discrimination and segregation, tackling bullying, reducing disparities in learning outcomes affecting learners with disadvantaged backgrounds in particular through innovative integrated approaches. This should also involve enhancing the access, participation and performance of disadvantaged learners and facilitating their transitions: between different levels and types of education and training; from education/training to the world of work; and/or from one employment to another. Given the critical context, particular attention will also be given to support projects involving refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and/or focussing on the topic of the refugees' crisis in Europe.”


Applying for funding in 2016


Macedonian organizations applying for funding in 2016 who wish to work in this area are strongly advised to read the relevant sections of the 2016 Programme Guide in details, published on the web-page of the National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility.






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