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Football and Refugees: Addressing key challenges

Football and Refugees: Addressing key challenges

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To mark the current #FootballPeople action weeks, a guide compiled by UEFA and its member associations highlights how football can play a role in easing difficulties caused by the migrant crisis in Europe.

UEFA and its associations are working hard to contribute to tackling the crisis, and the good practices collection emerged from a recent UEFA Study Group Scheme (SGS) seminar in Dublin, organised in conjunction with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). 

In line with the SGS philosophy of bringing national football associations together to exchange information for the overall well-being of European football, the seminar’s aim was for national associations to learn from one another, as well as from other individuals and organisations, discuss the various challenges arising and share good practices about refugees and football. 

As a result, “Football and Refugees – Addressing key challenges” has been compiled as a record of that seminar. Fourteen national associations have contributed to the guide, highlighting their own experiences with refugees and providing advice and recommendations for the football community at large.

The intention is to help national associations large and small across Europe, along with other bodies, to implement their own specific initiatives with a view to addressing the refugee crisis.

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin stresses that the integration process for refugees in another country can be a difficult one, but emphasises how football can be a catalyst for the successful integration of refugees.





Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:30

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