To Welcome Refugees

The war in Ukraine forced record numbers of people to flee their homes and to seek refuge in the countries of central Europe.

Across our programme area, local and regional authorities are supporting new arrivals. They often face similar challenges in doing so. On this page, we present tools, resources and tips from our projects that can help to fast-track the integration of people affected by this crisis.

 Our projects have designed solutions that help regions and cities to create a welcoming environment for migrants and refugees. Specific tools, schemes, and processes have been created to help individuals adapt to their new environment and to thrive in their new communities. 

Replicable outputs of our projects include amongst other social inclusion schemes for refugees, professional training for entrepreneurs with a migrant background, and skills development measures for refugee women to facilitate their integration into labour markets.

Many more solutions exist and we are updating this page continuously to include additional information from our projects.

Welcome culture 

Woman Offering Her Hand for Handshake © Canva

The arrival of refugees does not have to be seen as a burden. On the contrary, it can trigger positive social and economic changes in a region, in particular when local communities get engaged in welcoming them.

How to create a welcome culture

Social inclusion

People Hugging Together ©Canva

Ensuring that everyone has access to equal opportunities in terms of housing, jobs or health services and can participate fully in society is not only important when it comes to the integration of refugees. 

How to promote social inclusion

labour market integration 

Labourers in factory © KatarzynaBialasiewicz

With the ongoing transformation of our labour markets, skills are essential for creating a high-employment economy and an important factor for successful integration of new arrivals. 

How to foster skills development


Young entrepreneurs opening business ©Shuttersock

Informal learning plays a key role in the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills. Paired with professional advice and support on establishing and running a business, it helps to create a new generation of entrepreneurs, also among refugees.                                How to advise start-ups

our projects


These projects focus on entrepreneurship support, crowdfunding as a financial instrument for fostering business creation as well as on raising innovation potentials of SMEs in the food sector. In addition, funded projects aim at introducing service innovation and a novel qualification programme for advanced manufacturing, integrating responsible innovation into SME business models and the governance framework as well as supporting business succession of family businesses.

Entrepreneurial skills
 I-CON  |  CERIecon   |   CROWD-FUND-PORT  |  ROSIE  |   THINGS+

Qualification programmes
InnoPeer AVM

Social entrepreneurship, including financing
CE-RESPONSIBLE  |  CERUSI  |   DelFin  |  ENTER-transfer   |    INNO-WISEs  |  SIV |   Social(i)Makers   | SENTINEL    

Social and labour market inclusion, migrant integration
Arrival Regions  |  IN SITU  |  SEE ME IN  |  SIforREF  |  TASKFORCOME  


The term migrant was developed by the International Organization for Migration for its own purposes and is not defined under international law.
It is widely used and reflects the common lay understanding of a person who moves away from his or her place of usual residence, whether within a country or across an international border, temporarily or permanently, and for a variety of reasons. 

The term refugee is defined and protected by international law. Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country.

More information can be found on the website of the the UN Refugee Agency.