The call for proposals, "Sport as a tool for integration & social inclusion of refugees" is now open

2020 is the fifth consecutive year when the European Commission has opened a preparatory action call for proposals that aims at supporting sport projects focused on the integration of refugees.

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Image by cev_91 from Pixabay

According to the European Commission, "as sport is one of the tools that might be used for the successful integration of refugees, local sport projects in particular may have an increasing role in trying to facilitate refugees’ integration into new communities".

In the past years, a great number of initiatives have been implemented at different levels across the EU that aimed at helping the integration of refugees through sport.

In the past, ENGSO led EU two projects on the topic. The Creating a Level Playing Field project (2011-2012) received an EU grant in 2010 as part of the Preparatory Actions in the Field of Sport under the theme "social inclusion in and through sport". It aimed at supporting sports and specialised organisations to facilitate the access of people from different backgrounds to sport. Our recently concluded Erasmus+ Sport collaborative partnership project, ASPIRE (2017-2019) sought to find out how to best support migrants and refugees, building on the popularity of sports and other forms of physical activity.

More information on the current call can be found here.

Recently, the European Commission published a brochure which contains the most important achievements of projects supported by the European Union under the framework of the Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in the field of sport between 2016 and 2019. Among them, over 50 projects are examples of how sport can be used as a tool for the integration and social inclusion of refugees. Have a look at these inspirational projects and apply for the call by 1 June 2020.