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‘Together, Moving Forward’: looking for new projects working with and for Student Refugees in Europe

October 17, 2018

BRUSSELS – The European Students’ Union (ESU) is opening the second call of the year for the ‘Together, Moving Forward’ small grants programme, aimed at empowering positive refugee-host interactions across Europe.

ESU launched in May 2018 the first call of the year for projects for ‘Together, Moving Forward’, a programme supporting creative, valuable initiatives led by student and refugee organisations that tackle the main barriers limiting the access and inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers in education and society. Six projects were selected during the first round and are now ongoing in five different European countries (Belgium, Germany, UK, Czech Republic and Italy).

Now, ‘Together, Moving Forward’ is moving to the next stage: ESU is launching a second call for the selection of new projects. Initiatives at local, national and/or international level can be funded for any sum up to 10,000 EUR (12,000 EUR for international activities).  The deadline for applications is the 6th of November 2018.   

With this programme, ESU wants to inspire change and:

  • Reshape public discourse around forced migration and confront hate speech in our societies
  • Inspire student-led initiatives addressing refugees’ and asylum seekers’ living conditions and not least their access to education
  • Build capacity for student representatives to be more responsive to issues related to forced migration, focusing on social inclusion and access to education
  • Empower National Student Unions to promote and advocate for clear policies that ease the access of refugees and asylum seekers to Higher Education
  • Open up to new student groups and other stakeholders active on refugee issues, especially education
  • Build long-lasting links between refugees, their communities, and student communities

ESU kicked off this programme in the winter of 2016. Since then, the organisation supported several valuable projects, shared views with resourceful activists and creative change-makers.

For more information, please check out our project webpage.

Stay tuned on:

Facebook: @Europeanstudents

Twitter: @ESU4Refugees, @ESUtwt

For more information, please contact:

Fanchon Lefevre, Project Manager, European Students’ Union, movingforward@esu-online.org or call +32 2 893 25 48 during working hours

Marta Nunez, Communications Manager, European Students’ Union, marta.nunez@esu-online.org

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