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Social Inclusion

Solidarity, tolerance and social inclusion are the fundamental values of the European Union and guiding principles integrated in all its policies as cross-cutting issues. Social inclusion is a pre-requisite of development and sustainability, “a process which enables marginalized and vulnerable groups to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life of the society, to access their fundamental rights and to enjoy a standard of living that is considered normal in the society in which they live”. On the contrary, social exclusion prevents individuals, groups or communities from accessing the rights, opportunities and resources that are normally available to members of society. Social exclusion is a problem for both individuals and the society, not limited only to economic issues. Social inclusion of young people with vulnerable backgrounds is a challenging topic in Europe and its neighbouring regions. The list of young people at risk of social exclusion includes young people with disabilities, ethnic, sexual and religious minorities, unemployed, homeless youth or young offenders, etc.

Therefore, social inclusion is a topical issue and priority of the EU strategies, policies and programmes. Europe 2020 Strategy aims to lift 20 million people out of risk of poverty and social exclusion by 2020. EC also emphasizes the importance of non-formal education, mentoring and support of young people in the risk social inclusion and significance of youth work in this area. Promoting young people’s social inclusion is one of the priorities of ERASMUS+ programme.


Training, Marseilles, France

A space for a dialogue, improving strategies, sharing and developing social inclusion practices.

Partnership meeting, Tbilisi, Georgia

Kick-off meeting, Barcelona, Spain