Social inclusion of all young people, including those from a migrant background, is a key aim of the EU Youth Strategy (2010-2018). Youth work and non-formal learning can contribute to encouraging intercultural dialogue and building mutual understanding between new arrivals and the receiving communities. 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 BPE project financed under the Key Action 3 intends to develop and share non-formal education methodologies and new inclusion practices through the youth work, with a view to promoting the integration and social inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and to foster understanding, tolerance and respect among people.

Objectives /

What we’re going to do

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To identify

Best practices of Youth Work (YW) in the field of integration and social inclusion of young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

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To Design

Innovative models and practices of YW in the field of integration and social inclusion of young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to build up new capacity and enhance youth workers’ skills and competences.

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To Give

Value to YW as an instrument for the integration of newly arrived migrants, using informal and non-formal education activities.

To Formulate

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Policy recommendations about integration and social inclusion, involving the main actors in the field of YW.

Expected results

  • National expert groups, to collect practices and share methodology and methods in youth work supporting young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers’ inclusion.
  • Developing a European-level research that considers and give value to the existing practices, life stories of young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers involved in local, national, European and local projects and initiatives.
  • Development and testing of training courses for youth workers.
  • Development of recommendations for improving policies related to young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers’ inclusion and to the recognition of the role of informal and non-formal learning in that area.


December 2016 - December 2017
Stocktaking. Workshops, Discussion Groups and Conferences at national and international level,. Elaboration of European research on the role of youth work, supporting young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
October 2017
European peer learning conference in Amsterdam.
November 2017 - September 2018
European expert Clusters. European expert groups, which deal with the identified clusters of activities stemming from the debate occurred during the European Conference.
October 2018
Final peer learning Conference.Policy recommendations and measures for capacity building.
October 2018 - September 2019
Measures for building capacities. Design, development, testing of innovative models.