Inclusion of refugees and migrants in Europe

To address the challenges facing migrant and refugee youth in Europe, Barça Foundation teamed up with four other organizations: Danish Refugee Council, Organization Earth, European Football for Development Network, and Cooperativa Prospettiva. Together, we are delivering a pan-European project supported by ERASMUS+ Collaborative Partnerships entitled “Sport Towards Employment Possibilities for youth migrants and refugees'' (STEP4Youth).
The key actions of the STEP4Youth project are: 

  • Mapping of good practices on using sport to promote social inclusion of refugees and migrants in Europe.
  • Development of a new sports-based employability methodology designed for refugee and migrant youth at risk of social exclusion. 
  • Training of educators / coaches across Europe in the new methodology.
  • Delivery of the new methodology with groups of refugee and migrant youth, including unaccompanied minors, in Catalonia, Greece and Italy, with the aim to improve their employability knowledge, skills and networks.




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Organization Earth. Greece

Organization Earth, is a Greek Non-profit Civil Society organization founded in 2010 that strives to serve all 17 Goals of Sustainable Development. Organization Earth operates three major umbrella-initiatives each of which includes its own projects and dedicated staff (Environmental Learning Initiative, Responsible Business Initiative, Social Inclusion Initiative). Within the framework of social inclusion activities, Organization Earth has launched the “Hope Sports” initiative, as an umbrella programming of Sport for Development activities.

Programs and activities are implemented in a number of different settings such as refugee camps and municipal sports fields focusing on social empowerment of refugees and people with intellectual disabilities as well as on community engagement.

Danish Refugee Council (Denmark)

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading, international humanitarian displacement organisation, supporting refugees and internally displaced persons in 40 countries. DRC was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to employ 9,000 staff internationally and is supported by 7,500 volunteers in Denmark. DRC works with humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding activities to ensure a dignified life for refugees, the displaced, and displacement-affected people. DRC works in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle.

Prospettiva Cooperative. Italy

The "Prospettiva" Cooperative was founded in Catania in 1981 with the aim of offering useful services to support people in difficult situations. Since 1987 Prospettiva has chosen to devote itself to the protection of minors: rooted in the San Giovanni Galermo district, but active throughout the Catania area, Prospettiva works on the design and implementation of innovative services in the continuous search for new models of educational intervention.

The Cooperative deals with community reception for Italian and foreign minors, with gender dysphoria and / or with behavioral disorders.

European Football for Development Network (Netherlands)

The European Football for Development Network was formed in 2014 and is legally established as the EFDN Foundation. EFDN is one of the fastest-growing community development organisations in European Football with over 109 members from 30 European countries.
EFDN has created the first platform for European professional football Clubs, Leagues, FAs and their associated foundations to collaborate to achieve common goals and improve the lives of individuals across Europe. The network works together to exchange knowledge and best practices to tackle a wide range of social issues. EFDN currently delivers 19 European programmes designed to engage hard to reach target groups, using football as a tool for development.