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STAGE – SupporTing migrAnt inteGration and combating racism at local level through digital servicEs

Fostering social inclusion of migrants and their families in their host countries, through a three-way social inclusion approach.

Project Number: KA220-ADU-6AC3B40A

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 01/01/2022 – 01/01/2024 


According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the COVID-19 pandemic has affected migration in Europe, as countries have imposed internal and international travel restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, resulting also the reduction of the number of irregular migrants. The pandemic has also affected migrant integration internally, as management practices such as restrictions of movement, closure, and social distancing have pushed migrants into isolation. Besides, waves of disinformation caused an increase in racist and xenophobic incidents against national or ethnic minorities deriving from the pandemic (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2020).

Under these circumstances, smartphones have proved to be indispensable for migrants when navigating and resettling in a new country. Almost all of them have a mobile phone, which they consider as a basic necessity to remain in contact with their family and friends. Interestingly, migrants often share the view that it is easier to engage with their smartphone than with people, when it comes to directions or other questions in the host country (Euronews, February 2020). This phenomenon offers an opportunity to create new mobile services that can have a positive impact on the lives of migrants.


STAGE is an Erasmus+ project aiming to foster social inclusion of migrants and their family members in their host countries, through establishing a three-way social inclusion approach which include an innovative Web app for migrants, an Interactive Map to share migration routes and stories and a Capacity Building programme for adult staff working with migrants. This multi-layered but direct approach offers migrants a hands-on experience of social inclusion and supports them, not only to familiarise with the host-country’s language, but also to gain access to information provided by local authorities related to them and to build a network through pairing them with mentors.


The challenge of migration has many common points, while the social inclusion needs of migrants are similar in many EU Member States. Accordingly, the social inclusion of migrants entails a common approach that can become a basis of developing the same objectives in other countries. Within the STAGE project we will collect data from five different EU Member States with regards to migration, which will be presented in five national and one comprehensive report and will lay the groundwork for the development of the mobile app for migrants.

STAGE will develop an innovative Mobile App (with an online version), focused on three different aspects of migration: language learning, access to information, and mentoring with locals. The App will include an online, interactive map which invites migrants to share their stories during their journey, by showcasing content such as text, audio-visual material, testimonials and other data in different forms. Mentor matching will be made easy with mentoring software. The mentee can enter their needs and search through available mentors with the proper expertise.

STAGE will produce a mentorship capacity programme that will go hand-in-hand with the Mobile App. Training the mentors and the Adult TCN Trainers is important because, on the one hand, mentors will acquire the skills they need to become mentors of people with migrant background and offer them the best possible orientation and support, while on the other hand, Adult TCN Trainers will become well-established pedagogical experts and experienced trainers that will support tailored migrant training.

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
GIP FIPAN (France)
Impact Circles (Germany)
HT Apps (Italy)

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