Europe is facing a dilemma. The challenge of integrating immigrants and refugees into its different societies. This number of refugees has never been experienced in modern postwar Europe before. And, finding the answers is no easy thing.

We want to establish new – or strengthen existing – networks of public authorities, NGOs and educational and cultural institutions. This form of focussed European cooperation should lead to quicker and better exchanges of best practices.

Focussing on educational, social and judicial measures, we will be studying the refugee situation in the partner countries. This approach was the most important rule when establishing this consortium, and was clear when inviting representatives of ALL players in this field.

The themes all partners have in common are the different points of view whilst working with immigrants and refugees. The mixture of different institutions guarantees an interesting mixture and diverse approaches to the common objective of supporting immigrants and refugees. Volkshochschulen in Austria, Finland and Germany, cultural institutes in Poland, Development Agencies in Bulgaria, Diaconaal Platforms in the Netherlands, Roma organisations in Romania, and local authorities in Hungary.

Also, the geographical distribution of refugees allows a deeper insight into the situation of refugees within Europe. In particular, the different attitudes towards immigrants depending on respective countries.

The project aims to explore the role of non-formal adult education within this new refugee situation. The partners will share their different ways of working with refugees in order to help them in their integrating into society.

Relevance, needs, EU priorities and target groups

The overwhelming refugee problem is a highly topical issue in Europe. It is challenging all stakeholders in society to contribute. Many institutions have needed to find new ways of working, and have also had to find new partners and networks for their work with refugees.

Refugees, teachers, planners, health workers, representatives of NGOs, and public authorities are the target groups of this project.