Public lecture

Integration of newly arrived migrants through organised sport – from European policy to sport club..

  • 15 November 2023
  • 12:30 noon - 1:30 pm
  • Hybrid - International House & Zoom Webinar

IAS Visiting Fellow Professor Josef Fahlén delivers a joint IAS / UNESCO seminar on their research, fully titled 'Integration of newly arrived migrants through organised sport – from European policy to sport club practice' - 

In the wake of the European refugee crisis in 2015, many governments across Europe looked to voluntary club sport to contribute to the integration of newly arrived migrants. By introducing them to sport activities in voluntary sports clubs, the overarching idea was that newcomers would find an entry point into the local community that could translate into increased social capital and by that to successful integration in their new countries of residence.

Many of these initiatives are still ongoing as a result of new crises forcing people to seek refuge from war, famine, and environmental disasters, and sport clubs in many countries are continuously receiving extra funding from the public sector to take part in them. In 2019, the European Union decided to fund a consortium of eight research groups to investigate the conditions, potential and broader ramifications of such initiatives. This talk will sketch the broader contours of the findings from this project.

Arrivals from 12:15 pm for a 12:30 noon start. For those joining in-person, lunch will be served from 1:30pm.

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