Europe 4 Refugees

Follow the routes…

The project Europe 4 Refugees – follow the routes … is a strategic partnership / key action 2 on the networking and exchange of best practice for trainers in working with refugees in Europe.


…cross the southern and eastern European borders and remain in the first-time countries or migrate further towards central or northern Europe. The conditions of reception, the legal situation and the integration efforts of refugees are mostly different in the European countries. Just as different is the level of support provided by state, municipal or voluntary structures of civil society. Finally, there are also different approaches to accommodating refugees, ranging from transits to settlements in cooperatively organized housing and learning projects in rural areas, to accommodation in transition facilities and housing in urban areas. Those who travel with more or less lengthy transit through transit countries will find the most important conditions in the European countries and may have to reorient themselves a number of times. Staff of general education supports and realizes the social, structural and linguistic integration of the very heterogeneous groups of fugitives through courses, counseling and temporary offers with different content. The aim here is always to provide adult fugitives with diverse basic or specialist competencies for their future and to advise them accordingly, even independently of their lead perspective.

In the project Europe 4 Refugees – follow the routes …

… employees from the work with fugitives from five southern, central, northern and eastern European countries (Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Norway) are taking part in short-term training activities as trainings for adult educators * in the five countries together. The idea is to pursue the escape routes and residences of refugees within Europe from the perspective of further education. The seven participating partner organizations (two each from Greece, Thessaloniki / Island of Lesvos and Germany, Dortmund and Hitzacker, one from Italy, Apulia region, Hungary, Budapest and Norway, Oslo) are non-profit and profitable training institutions, civil society Associations, cooperatives and NGOs, all working indirectly or directly with fugitives or with the mostly honorary office structure. The partners are almost equally active in urban agglomeration areas and in rural areas, which is an additional quality for the exchange of good examples.

In joint short-term learning activities…

… in each of the five countries, project participants will develop new perspectives in three-day workshops. This will be achieved through a combination of seminar units with experts, on-site visits to NGOs and educational institutions and dialogue events with local persons responsible for refugee work, with subsequent transfer and evaluation units. Through the exchange on the work in the participating European countries they will receive intercultural awareness, transnational knowledge about the situation of fugitives in Europe and consultancy and planning competence for their own work in further education. By comparing the degrees of integration and inclusive approaches to exemplary countries, the participants will learn about best practice, similar and new approaches to work with refugees. By adapting ideas for work in their own country, the approach of European standards in education and social work with fugitives will be initiated. At the same time, these learning activities will create a network within European adult education. Through the regular exchange of the involved practitioners within the project period and beyond (eg, through the network’s continuation of the newsletter, etc.), it will be possible to provide faster and faster access to education and planning requirements in the work with refugees.

A transnational educational task force emerging as a counterpart to multilateral working groups at the political level can also provide important suggestions and information to the regional and local educational networks of the participating countries and appropriate follow-up measures such as the preparation of a european hand book for refugee workers.

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