Useful sources for Refugees in France and Europe

  • OFPRA – Office Français de protection des réfugiés et des apatrides
    French Authority in charge of granding refugee status. Information about refugee status for minors.
  • Portail numérique des démarches et services de la vie étudiante
    Website supported by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (ministère de l'éducation nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche) and the CROUS (Centre régional des oeuvres universitaires et scolaires)
  • Campus France : Agence française pour la promotion de l’enseignement supérieur, l’accueil et la mobilité internationale
    Information about Scholarships programmes, Admissions to Higher Education Institutions and useful information about Residence permit, Accommodation, Health, etc.
  • Réseau Alpha: Le site collaboratif de l’apprentissage du français en Île-de-France
    Information about French courses in the Île-de-France Region
  • Action Emploi Réfugiés
    A job platform to connect Refugees and Employers
  • ENIC-NARIC France: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
    Information about documents of recognition issued for foreign qualifications in France
  • ENIC-NARIC Networks (European Network of Information Centres in the European Region / National Academic Recognition Information Centres in the European Union)
    Information about the recognition of qualifications held by Refugees 
  • EAU - European Association of Universities : Refugees Welcome Map
    The universities’ response to the refugee crisis. EUA is collecting information on the initiatives by higher education institutions and related organisations and networks to support refugee students and researchers. The information is presented in an interactive map showcasing the initiatives undertaken across the EHEA and beyond at various levels by institutions, their staff and students to help the refugees gain access to education and employment in higher education.
  • European Resettlement Network : Supporting Refugees to access Higher Education
    Refugees can face many barriers to accessing higher education, including a lack of information, advice and individual guidance sensitive to their specific needs, inadequate provision of intensive language courses for academic purposes, and restricted access to government student finance schemes. This section provides examples of current projects and initiatives that respond to these and other kinds of barriers by offering support to widen and facilitate refugee access to higher education
  • EURAXESS – Sciences4Refugees Initiative
    Science4Refugees matches talented refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with positions in universities and research institutions that are 'refugee-welcoming organisations' and that have suitable positions available, including internships and part-time and full-time jobs.
  • The PAUSE programme - Emergency reception for scientists in exile
    a program to help welcome scientists in exile created on January 16, 2017, provides public higher education and/or research establishments with subsidies to host scientists in emergency situations.
  • EU funded project HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians)
    It aims at improving prospects for young Syrians and contributing to the preparation of the post-crisis reconstruction of Syria. The project seeks to provide better access to quality further and higher education opportunities for refugees of post-secondary-age from Syria as well as young people in the host communities affected by the high influx of refugees.
  • JUSOOR scholarship program
    The Jusoor Scholarship Program enables Syrian youth to continue academic study and attain an education that will be essential to their futures as well as to the future of Syria. Jusoor has supported students in the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East through full and partial funding and university partnerships. Students pursue different degree levels and academic fields of study, and a growing number of alumni benefit from mentoring and professional development opportunities.
  • OLS for Refugees – Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support
    The participation in this initiative is voluntary. In the participating countries, the access to the OLS is granted to refugees who wish to improve their knowledge of one of the languages available in the OLS (Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish) by an Erasmus+ beneficiary institution/organization that has decided to take part. Such organisations include universities, vocational and training organisations, NGOs, youth organisations, civil society associations, etc. Refugees can choose to follow an OLS language course in any of the languages available. It is up to the beneficiary institution/organisation to indicate this choice in the OLS, based on the needs of the refugee and on the levels available for the different languages.