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The two-day PLA focused respectively on students and scholars with a refugee background in a combination of plenary sessions and parallel group discussions on thematic priorities and the most pertinent issues in providing support for these two groups – from language support to administrative complexities, sustainable funding, support networks, cross-country cooperation and the much-needed EU-level support in addressing some of the current obstacles. While acknowledging that country-specific challenges are distinct and require customised approaches, the PLA also showed that more cooperation and joint action is needed for mutual support and learning across Europe. Networks, solidarity and European cooperation were among the key words that the PLA participants identified as the main takeaways from the PLA.
The GREET project will build on the discussions and conclusions from the PLA to develop three thematic webinars in the next phase of the project and collect relevant resources for the online compendium – an open source repository of project material, examples of practice and existing policies, all of which is to help partners across Europe in their efforts to support highly skilled refugees.
For more information about GREET see GREET Guiding Refugees via European Exchange and Training