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Ecorys report outlines benefits and challenges for organisations using sport for the integration of migrants

On  the backdrop of the refugee crisis, Ecorys was commissioned by the Sport Unit at DG EAC to carry out a study examining best practices for the social inclusion of migrants through sport.

The report provided insights across a range of sports and European countries about what kinds of projects are being implemented. The team at Ecorys mapped and analysed a sample of 63 projects. The vast majority of projects used sport as a hook to bring people together, offer diversion and opportunities to get to know each other and each other’s cultures as well as learn the language.

Countries found different approaches to address the issue of integration from large, nationally funded projects and campaigns, to locally developed projects of charities, clubs and church groups, as well as many volunteer driven initiatives each with their different benefits and challenges.

The report also provided guidance for future projects on the kinds of factors which contribute to their successful implementation.

The full report is available here: http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/mapping-of-good-practices-relating-to-social-inclusion-of-migrants-through-sport-pbNC0416616/

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