Guiding Refugees via European Exchange and Training (GREET) is ACA’s project, runing since April 2018 and until October 2019. Funded under the Horizon 2020 Science4Refugees call, the project aims to contribute to the integration of highly skilled refugees in European higher education through mutual learning and exchange of good practices among national support structures and higher education institutions (HEIs) in 9 European countries (Austria, Belgium/Flanders Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and the UK).
HOW DOES IT SUPPORT INTEGRATION OF HIGHLY SKILLED REFUGEES?
By scaling up successful practices in Germany and Finland by means of a peer learning activity (PLA) and disseminating its results through EU-level and country webinars, the project enabled debates at European level on current practices and obstacles for their implementation, search for joint solutions and improvements for a better and more effective integration of highly skilled refugees residing in the participating countries. The results of both PLA and webinars were presented at a stakeholder event in Brussels in June 2019, and they are systemised and stored here, in the GREET online compendium – a repository of existing policies and practices available to the wider higher education community. The compendium will serve as a useful source of information about successful practices and existing policies supporting the integration of students and scholars with refugee backgorund, at various levels and approaches.
The core consortium is composed of the Brussels-based ACA Secretariat (the coordinator), and ACA members DAAD (Germany) and EDUFI (Finland), but it has also involved a larger number of ACA members (UHR, OeAD, IKY, IIE, FKA) and HEIs from the participating countries.
Scholars at Risk, IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund and VUB’s Mohammad Salman have been involved as the members of the Advisory Board and have provided their vast knowledge and experience in supporting refugee students and scholars find their way into higher education systems and labour markets.