Integration of Refugees
through Sport

The Project

In 2016, ISCA, with funding from the Nordplus and Erasmus+ programme, started working on two projects addressing a sensitive topic and vulnerable target group that has been the subject of great debate in Europe this decade: integration of refugees. The projects are bringing together experts from the Nordic countries, the UK, Italy and Germany to map and explore ways of integrating refugees into European societies through sport and physical activity.

Despite many political challenges that clubs, organisations, various NGOs and even individuals working with refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers face in daily work, we are optimistic and motivated to change things, slowly, but hopefully with everlasting results for an inclusive and democratic society of tomorrow. We strive to work together with refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers to find solutions for challenges we’re all facing in Europe. Sport and physical activity is a good tool to do so, not only for an inclusive society, but also so we can all be healthy, physically and mentally.

Integration of Refugees through Sport, funded by Nordplus Adult

ISCA as the project lead, together with partners, Akershus Idrettskrets from Norway, UMFÍ from Iceland, Academy of Physical Education Ollerup from Denmark and SISU Västergötland from Sweden, received a grant from the Nordplus Adult fund to work on strengthening the societal inclusion of refugees through learning opportunities in sport and physical activities in the Nordic region. The first project started in June 2016 and over the next two years we will map good local practices and examples in the partners’ countries, combining them with practical workshops for local clubs and municipalities.

Inclusion of Refugees through Sport, funded by Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships

The second project, funded by Erasmus+ KA2, is also led by ISCA and our partners are the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education from Denmark, SISU Västergötland from Sweden, StreetGames from UK, University of Kent from UK, German Gymnastics Federation from Germany and UISP from Italy. We aim to expand the knowledge base beyond the Nordic countries to other European countries dealing with a large influx of refugees in recent years. It aims to enhance the capacity of the partner organisations to extend their already extensive offers of informal and non-formal learning opportunities to refugees. The project's main intellectual outputs will include a Grundtvig video, an online learning resource, a toolkit and a networking platform, in addition to an expanded best practice manual.

MOVE Beyond partners funded by
Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnerships

Integration of Refugees through Sport Partners
funded by Nordplus Adult

Integration of Refugees through Sport Partners
funded by Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships