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Social Integration of Refugees through Education and Self Employment

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

England

University of Greenwich

Lead partner

address

Central Avenue
Chatham
ME4 4TB
United Kingdom

Project budget

4 880 802

ERDF amount

2 928 481

ERDF rate

60%

Start date

01/03/2018

End date

30/06/2021

Common challenge

Over 1.2m refugees arrived in Europe in 2016, 147,815 within the 2 Seas region alone (R1) creating pressures and challenges on the host communities. A population surge creating a high costly demand on public purse €10,000p refugee/year to meet the needs of the new arrivals and integrate them into the local economy (R2). The regions struggle with the challenges of refugee family inclusion into education and economic independence exposing a population of lost economic potential. The regional school systems fail to effectively integrate refugee children characterised by missed school years, facing an alien education system and ill-informed teachers. Fragile refugee children find it difficult to integrate into the system, absenteeism is high, parental involvement with school is low.  Partner research shows an appetite for refugee enterprise but exposes a gap due to the limitations of partner specialist knowledge and experience to deliver. Actions to JS RBO summarised Section D3. 

Partners

Belgium/Flanders

VIVES University College

England

Medway Plus

Netherlands

University College Roosevelt

Belgium/Flanders

City of Mechelen

France

ADICE

Netherlands

Municipality of Middelburg

Belgium/Flanders

Knowledge Center ARhus Roeselare

Belgium/Flanders

Learning Shop West Flanders

Observers

Belgium/Flanders

City of Bruges

England

TERN - The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network

France

Regional Youth Sports and Social Cohesion Directorate

Netherlands

Municipality Tholen

Netherlands

The Hague Institute for Global Justice

Belgium/Flanders

Primary School ‘t Klavertje

England

The Victory Academy

Netherlands

Archipel Schools Walcheren

France

Center for the schooling of children new arrivals / children from homeless families / travelers

Netherlands

The Province of Zeeland