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Migration Shaping Youth Work


19-23 November 2023 | Vienna, Austria

European societies are migrant societies, but migrant voices are often marginalised. We invite youth workers with various skills in the field of migration and the European programmes for youth to a peer learning experience challenging barriers they face.


European societies are shaped, and continue to be shaped, by migration. While this is a reality, many societies struggle with accepting, acknowledging, recognising, appreciating and valorising it. In this seminar, we want to deepen the understanding of how societies are shaped by migration, engage with the lived realities of people experiencing structural barriers because of migration, and focus on the daily practices and realities of youth work.

The roots of this seminar lie in the belief that youth work, and using the European Programmes for youth in those places, have the potential to smoothen and support renegotiation and adjustment processes. They can help bridge gaps and improve connections. By bringing together youth workers and persons connected to the field of youth, we want to explore this potential and the conditions to realise it.

In the seminar, we want to use the lens of post-migrant societies. The concept doesn’t imply that migration has been or should be overcome, it rather describes the aftereffects and how migration shapes and reconfigures the present. The concept of post-migration uses a structural and societal perspective, while avoiding the trap of ‘us versus them’.

If you’re interested in more information, you can download the background document.

Aims and objectives

This seminar aims to deepen the understanding of societies shaped by migration and the role Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps can play in it. The objectives are to:

  • Explore what it means to recognise societies as shaped by migration and the role youth work plays in it.
  • Create a space for peer-learning opportunities on how to do youth work within the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes and at the same time including young people with experience with migration.
  • Understand the accessibility of Erasmus+ and Erasmus Solidarity Corps for young people facing barriers within a society shaped by migration.
  • Co-create a concrete outcome to make the knowledge in the seminar transferable to the field of youth in general.


  • We will hold space for you and invite you to share your professional and personal experiences about the topic.
  • We will use non-formal methods as well as empowering language.
  • We will go through a learning journey together, where you will have a main role.
  • The seminar will connect to the local realities in Vienna where possible.
  • We will invite participants to contribute to the seminar in the run-up to it. The format still has to be decided: it could range from entering information in a Padlet to participating in an online kick-off meeting.

Who is this seminar for?

We’re happy to welcome you if you have experience, expertise or a strong desire to learn more about topics of the seminar: societies shaped by migration and implementing projects in the framework of the EU Youth Programmes Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps.

Ideally, you identify yourself as belonging to one or more of the following groups:

  • Youth workers: persons working with youngsters on a regularly basis in an organisation or an informal group (paid or volunteer positions).
  • Activists, change makers and multipliers that are connected to youth work and especially those working in the field of migration
  • We especially invite youth workers and multipliers to apply that identify themselves as having a migration background. This could mean for example, but is not limited to, that you have a lived experience of not being born in the country you now live in (moving with your family, for work, for studies, for love), experienced forced migration (refugees, asylum seekers,...), or your parents or grandparents left their country of origin. This seminar will not be possible without you in the room.

Application procedure

  • You can apply until 15 September 23:59 CET via the SALTO-platform (click on "Apply now!"). The ‘motivation and background’ questions can be answered by completing the form, or by submitting a video or voice recording. All application methods will be processed equally, we invite you to use the one that feels the most comfortable. Please find more information in 'Guidelines application' (see downloads).
  • We’re aiming for a group that is diverse in terms of experience and expertise. The selection will be made by SALTO ID, in consultation with the organising team and national agencies involved. We will inform you by 5 October the latest whether you are selected or not.
  • If you experience difficulties in accessing the form, we're happy to provide you with a screen reader-friendly version. Just send a mail to pieterjan@salto-youth.net.

We explain the measures we take to make this seminar inclusive in ‘additional information’ (see downloads).


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 25 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth coaches, Activists, change makers, and multipliers

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):

(International) English


The Strategic Partnership for Inclusion (Others)

This seminar is organised in the framework of the Strategic Partnership for Inclusion. This consortium between 20+ national agencies aims to increase the participation of young people with fewer opportunities and facilitate access of new organisations in the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes. The objectives of this coordinated approach are:
• Contributing to a better knowledge of the field;
• Fostering the development of transnational partnerships between organisations working with young people with fewer opportunities;
• Increasing the quantity and quality of inclusion projects;
• Facilitating best practices sharing;
• Raising awareness on the needs and potential of different target groups;
• Promoting Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps as tools for inclusion and capacity building.


  • OeAD- Gmbh - Agency for Education and Internationalisation (National Agency)
  • SALTO Inclusion & Diversity (SALTO Resource Centre)

Contact for questions:

Pieter-Jan De Graeve


Phone: +32499473619

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

There is no participation fee.

Accommodation and food

The hosting NA of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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