World Refugee Day held every year on 20th of June in order to commemorate the strength and the courage of millions of refugees. Actually, every minute 20 people are forced to flee from their home to escape war, persecution or terror. There are several types of forcibly displaced persons: refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees.

According to UNCHR  more than 70 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, with 26 million to be refugees. Also, 41,3 million of them are internally displaced and 3,5 million are asylum seekers.

In Europe the refugee crisis which began on 2015 brought in European shores more than 5 million refugees and migrants, who had fled their homes due to the civil war in Syria and the general destabilization in other countries.  Despite the fact that the inflows have gradually been reduced, more emphasis should be given to those people in order to be successfully engaged in the hosting societies and to live in better conditions.

KMOP taking into consideration its commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and its vision for more inclusive societies ,where no one is left behind, has been implementing various initiatives to assist refugees and migrants’ integration in their hosting countries.

Social inclusion, better educational opportunities and access to labour market are the 3 main pillars of KMOP’s initiatives for refugees. Specifically, the related initiatives of KMOP include: tools to counteract the gender based violence based on sexual orientation against refugees (BASE), support to refugee children in good quality education (CIRCLE, E-COURSE), better digital skills to refugee women (Medlit), better support services to LGBT refugees (EpsiLon), mobile application for the social inclusion and labour market integration of refugees (BlendIn).