Refugees Welcome Map

An inventory of higher education supporting refugees.

Many organisations across Europe and beyond are responding to refugees by providing them shelter, advice and support in dealing with authorities, and engaging them in cultural and sport offers. As of 2015, many higher education institutions have developed initiatives tailored to refugee students, researchers and university staff supporting integration and access to higher education.

refugeeswelcomemapWith the Refugees Welcome Map project, EUA aims to showcase and document the commitment of higher education institutions and organisations in supporting refugees, as well as to foster peer-learning collaboration between institutions. EUA is collecting data on their initiatives and activities via a brief survey and presenting them in an interactive map, which is continuously updated. The project began in Europe but is open to institutions and organisations linked to tertiary education around the world.

By June 2018, the EUA Refugees Welcome Map had collected almost 350 initiatives from higher education institutions and related organisations in 32 countries. EUA has made use of the data in a range of follow-up projects: the inHERE project identified common challenges and derived transferable good practice approaches to the long-term, sustainable integration of refugees into higher education, and disseminated them in a range of materials and training events for university staff. The forthcoming TandEM project will focus on the initiatives in Southern European countries and will analyse specific barriers to higher education access that potential refugee students and researchers are facing.

Please click here to browse the activities by the higher education sector.


We are offering you the possibility to put your institution’s activities on the map by participating in a brief survey, which should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Why should you contribute to the map?

  • It will make your initiatives for refugees more visible to other universities and organisations, and also to society at large and policy makers. 
  • It will encourage other higher education institutions and organisations to follow your example and allow exchange of good practice. 
  • It will allow you to receive information about other initiatives, projects and funding opportunities related to the issue.
  • It can help connect to other initiatives and facilitate partnerships, as it allows you to indicate if you are principally interested in direct exchange and cooperation with individual institutions and organisations (optional).


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