80% of refugees relocated to Lithuania leave soon after they arrive, while 46% of Lithuanians
“completely disagree” with letting asylum seekers into their country. Our previous experience shows that
sports is a good way to get locals & refugees closer and ensure more successful integration.

To tackle al of these issues and promote cooperation between refugees and locals, 1-year project “Capoeira Connects Community” has been initiated. Capoeira is an afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates game, music and dance, brings members of a community closer. It provides a safe and healthy way to release anger and frustration. Main idea of the project is to create sustainable programme, to help refugee’s to  integrate through sports & lower existing fears of the locals and phobias towards refugees.


  • Systemise good practices of refugee integration through sports;
  • Implementation of inclusive capoeira workshops for refugees and locals, to encourage refugees, especially women, to keep practising sports;
  • Facilitate the creation of new initiatives to help refugee integration through sports in Lithuania and   beyond;
  • Train sports and youth workers to work with refugees and connect them for an effective refugees involvement in sports;
  • Promote cooperation between local youth and refugees.