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Sport and refugees: Conclusions of the FIRE project

Sport and Citizenship’s scientific journal 51


For more than two years, with the active collaboration of 8 partners and the support of the EU’s Erasmus+Sport programme, we have been running the “Football Including Refugees in Europe” (FIRE) project, with the dual aim of studying how football can be used as a lever for welcoming and integrating people in exile, and of designing practical tools for supporting clubs that want to get involved in these schemes. After several months of sharing experiences, we are proud to bring you the results of our work.




Point of view of the European Parliament

“Recognising sport as a tool for integration is a great victory”

Marc Tarabella, MEP

Exclusive Interview

Ylva Johansson, EU commissionner responsible for Home affairs

Where the values have their roots

Albrecht Sonntag, Professor at the EU-Asia institute of ESSCA School of Management, member of Sport and Citizenship’s scientific committee

Erasmus+ and football – a perfect match !

Laura Anderson, Community project coordinator, Scottish Football Association
Adriana Orbea, International Project Manager, Fundación LaLiga
Florin Sari, Manager, Romanian Football Federation
Hedeli Sassi, Social Responsibility Officer, Royal Belgian Football Association

Fare network and FIRE project

Niels van Muijden, Head of programmes, Fare network

Recognising football’s potential as a vehicle for social integration

Spain: Football for the inclusion of refugees based on conviviality

Dolores Galindo, Cofunder of the Dragones Football Club, Lavapiés

Scotland: Glasgow Afghan United

Romania: a football tournament to meet and exchange

Razvan Samoila, Executive director of Arca Romania

Etnoliga: sunshine in troubled times

Krzysztof Jarymowicz, Project Manager Etnoliga, Fundacja da Wolnici

The FIRE MOOC – at the service of civil society

Virginie Ménard, Multimedia educational designer and Albrecht Sonntag, Professor at the EU-Asia Institute
ESSCA School of Management

Sport and asylum

Bérangère Taxil, Professor of international law at the University of Angers. Associate Judge at the national asylum court

Football – more than 1-0

Friederich Watzke, Referent, DFB-Stiftung Egidius Braun

What access to sport for migrants newly arrived in Europe ?

Julien Puech, PhD student at the VIPS2 Laboratoy, UFR STAPS, University of Rennes 2

A “Sport and Refugees” platform for NGOs !

“Helping young refugees to become integrated citizens”

Interview of Laurent Thieule, Sport and Citizenship president and also president of the Royal Europa Kraainem FC


Sport for empowering individuals

Adil El Ouadehe, Deputy national Technical Director “Sport Society”, UFOLEP

The IOC, refugees, and the olympic games: from an opportunity to a right!

Alexandre Miguel Mestre, Lawyer at Abreu Advogados and member of Sport and Citizenship’s scientific committee

Sport as a force for inclusion

Julie Lenormant, Project leader “Social innovation”, Play International and Sylvain Landa, Editorial Director at Sport and Citizenship

A critical analysis of Sport and Refugees

Giovanni Di Cola, special Adviser to DDG/FOP, ILO, Geneva






Violences and discriminations

JurisportC3D STAPS

Sport and Citizenship in action

Committed Athlete

Trustee’s word

Thierry Witsel

Our news

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