What is the moveurope! pilot project about?

moveurope!’s main mission is to inform young people with(out) migration background in Europe about their intra-European mobility rights and opportunities. This project is unlike any within Europe. We not only promote alternative legal secondary migration for education and training purposes, but we have also successfully implemented these concepts. Through this project, we specifically facilitate mobility from a first country of arrival (Italy) to a second country (Germany) and thus offer the young refugees a long-term and sustainable perspective and a self-determined life in Europe.

Why did we do a pilot project like this?

We believe in empowering young people, in particular young migrants. We want to give young refugees in Europe equal access to opportunities in education and work as all young people in Europe have. We want our European society to perceive young refugees as the talented and motivated young people they are, each having their own ambitions and dreams and thus as an important contribution to a positive coexistence, instead of constantly pushing them into a passive victim role.

From our moveurope! pilot project, you can see the positive impact legal secondary migration for educational or training purposes has both on the individual or the society they move to. The opportunity to move for educational or training purposes provides access to equal opportunities as young European citizens in terms of learning, training and employment, new perspectives, a chance to become more of an Active European Citizens, faster and/or effective integration in the local and European context, motivated workforce, etc.

Our moveurope! activities

We organise mobility opportunities for young people with and without refugee background:
  • youth exchanges
  • voluntary or civic services
  • internships
  • apprenticeships
We provide information with the aim to:
  • raise awareness of the European society on the mobility tools accessible to young people with and without refugee background
  • empower young people with and without refugee background
  • raise mutual understanding in the European society

Through orientation programmes and advice about mobility rights and opportunities in the European context, moveurope! provides people with a refugee background with the necessary information, knowledge and skills for a self-determined life in Europe. This better supports their active participation in and contribution to the host society in regards to both a social and professional integration.

Our research and aim to elevate our pilot project onto European platform:

From the moveurope! Pilot project we now have a moveurope! programme in which we have and are building a strong moveurope! network of European organisations, active citizens and companies willing to promote mobility rights and opportunities of refugees in the European context from within their member state.

Together with our partners, we have been researching mobility rights and opportunities accessible to young people with and without refugee background in the countries organisations are based, hence bringing the pilot project moveurope! to a higher level and also to replicate it in the partner countries.

This mobility guide is thus the result of intensive research conducted in collaboration with the seven partners part of this project.

How does it work?

moveurope! uses existing tools shaped by the current visa procedure to present alternative mobility programmes available for refugees to legally move within europe, such as:

  • short-term mobility programmes lasting less than 90 days (i.e. 3 months) and, therefore, do not require a visa: youth exchanges, internship, short-term volunteering
  • long-term mobility programmes lasting more than 3 months which require a visa under the grounds for further educational or training purposes: long-term voluntary service European (ESC) or national, apprenticeship

Who can participate?

Information and trainings:
  • Available for anyone interested: asylum seekers, subsidiary protection holders, EU citizens, most programmes focus on young people up to 30 years but not all
  • Available for anyone supporting asylum seekers/refugees (professionals, family, friends, etc)

Who can we support to undertake mobilities long- and short-term:
  • For beneficiaries of a national or international protection status, holding a valid residence permit and a valid travel document (national or refugee passport), taking part in a mobility programme is possible immediately.
  • For people who have been dublinated or find themselves irregularly in a second member state (second asylum claim), taking part in a mobility programme is possible after returning back in the state where the first asylum claim was triggered or a fingerprint has been left (EURODAC). From there, after obtaining a valid residence permit and a valid travel document, the visa procedure for the purpose of the mobility programme can be started.
  • For migrants and asylum seekers which have only recently arrived in their first country of asylum and have the desire to move and to learn about their rights, taking part in a mobility programme is not yet possible, as the visa procedure is only possible once the person has their asylum claim approved, a valid residence permit and travel document. However, we can support them in providing information on their rights and future mobility opportunities.


In Germany, there are many opportunities to volunteer. 

You can do a voluntary service or civic service in the social, ecological or cultural field.

• Usually full-time employment with entitlement to regular vacation • Offers various training seminars for the volunteers • Social insurance is provided by the employer • Pocket money of up to 414 € is provided • Accommodation can be provided, but it is not guaranteed

There are different national types of voluntary service and also the European voluntary service (ESC programme).


Depending on the program there are age limits (16-27 years) but there are also programs open to people up to 99 years.



Normally, a voluntary service lasts between 6-12 months; 

usually 6-12 months (officially possible time frame: 6–24 months)


During your voluntary service, you normally get pocket money, accommodation and board from the organization you are volunteering for, you receive access to language courses, training and seminars and will meet other young people that volunteer in Germany.