We gathered 20 the most successful methodologies (manuals) on refugee integration through sports from all over the world since there are many manuals for refugee integration through sports now. 

  • “Implementation Guide for Integration of refugees through sport #playtogether” FIND IT HERE.

This implementation guide is designed to introduce you to the topic of Ihttp://FIND IT HERE.ntegrating Refugees Through Sport by looking at the relevant theory that is the foundation for the area, the present situation – specifically in Europe, as well as the challenges and barriers that NGOs, sports clubs and other organisations or individuals often face when implementing or running an IRTS programme. This guide looks at the issue from the perspective of those involved: the refugees. Therefore, it also includes an overview of the barriers and challenges through the eyes of those displaced, and trying to build a new life in a new land. Potential solutions to these issues are also examined. So get inspired, get active, and help make a positive difference to both your community and people’s lives!

Authors/ developed by: UMFI (Iceland), SISU (Sweden), International Academy of Physical Education in Ollerup (Denmark), Akershus Idrettskrets (Norway), StreetGames/ Hattrick (United Kingdom), UISP (Italy), University of Kent, DTJ/ DTR (Germany). 

Year and place: June, 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark.


  •  “Mapping of a good practices relating to social inclusion of migrants through sport” FIND IT HERE.

Authors: Christine Bertam, Martina Diep, Tim Fox, Victoria Pelka, Charlotte Ruitinga and James Sennett – Ecorys UK.

Year and place: June, 2016, UK.


  • “Inclusion of Migrants in and through Sports. A guide to Good Practise” FIND IT HERE.

This Guide gathers good practice examples on the inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities in and through sport. It is based on country studies of eight member states of the European Union, including Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Hungary and United Kingdom. 

Authors: Camino – Werkstatt für Fortbildung, Praxisbegleitung und Forschung im sozialen Bereich gGmbH (Till Sträter, Sabine Behn).

Year and place: 2012, Vienna, Austria.


  • “Equal access for migrant volunteers to sports clubs in Europe. A baseline study” FIND IT HERE.

Authors: Victoria Schwenzer.

Year and place: 2016, Berlin, Germany.


  • “Handbook on Volunteering of Migrants in Sport Clubs and Organizations” FIND IT HERE.

Year and place: 2016 Vienna, Dublin.

Contacts: ,

  • “Report European Networking Conference: Equal Access and Volunteering of Migrants, Minorities and Refugees in Sport” FIND IT HERE.

Year and place: 2016, Vienna.


  • “Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport for Refugee-Background Youth in Australia: Analysing Different Participation Models” FIND IT HERE.

Authors: Karen Block and Lisa Gibbs.

Year and place: 2017, Australia.

Contacts: , 

  • “Sport as a vehicle of social inclusion for Refugees in Europe” FIND IT HERE.

Authors: Magyar Testnevelesi Egyetem (University of Physical Education Budapest).

Year and place: 2018, Budapest.

  • “The Roles of Sport and Education in the Social Inclusion of Asylum Seekers and Refugees: An Evaluation of Policy and Practice in the UK” FIND IT HERE.

Authors: Mahfoud Amara Fred Coalter Dawn Aquilina John Taylor Elesa Argent Moran Betzer-Tayar Mick Green Ian Henry 

Year and place: University of Stirling, UK.

  • “Integration through youth work. Guidelines for actions, events, methods involving revolving refugees & youth” FIND IT HERE.

Guidelines includes close to 60 different actions & methods to involve refugees into youth work; and, thus, foster their integration efforts. These were tested in real environment in Lithuania & Latvia throughout summer and autumn of 2017 (as activities of a wider Erasmus+ project “Together: Refugees & Youth”).

Authors: Association “Active Youth”.

Year and place: 2017, Lithuania.


  • “Refugee integration through sports. Guidelines for actions, events, methods involving refugees & local youth into sports” FIND IT HERE.

The methodology is a broader term that includes not only one exercise or activity, but, in general, the ways in which you promote refugee integration through sports. This manual includes 10 types of sporting activities that address a specific goal that trainers could wish to achieve.

Authors: Assocciation “Active Youth”.

Year and place: 2016, Lithuania.


  • “Working with migrants and refugees – guidelines, tools and methods” FIND IT HERE.

These guidelines are the outcome of the of the three events of the IYNF’s year of “Border-Free Solidarity”. During the second seminar “Be Border-free” in Frankfurt, Germany the met and interacted with young refugees, and with representatives of initiatives working with migrants. Through this fruitful exchange, they collected ideas, expertise, and knowledge about different methods and tools that can be used for migration-related youth work. In the final activity “Raise your Voice” the participants developed the collection of ideas into a tool in the shape of Guidelines. During that activity the participants looked at the topic of migration from a more political and abstract perspective which enabled them to structure the guidelines and make the connection to the topic of the year “Borderfree Solidarity” as well as to the position paper on this topic, which was created during the last activity and in the following weeks, visible . These guidelines are thus the outcome of a collaborative effort of participants and facilitators working with refugees and migrants in different contexts. 

Authors: Sabrina Grape, Mischa Snaije, Olga Karageorgiou (International Young Naturefriends).

Years and place: 2018, Czech Republic.


  1. “GloBall – a toolkit for youth workers working with young migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers” FIND IT HERE.

This toolkit targets youth workers who have little experience in working with newcomers.


  1. “Manual for Building Community Support for Refugees and Migrants” FIND IT HERE.

The manual contains 24 actions, grouped into 6 chapters: activities to raise awareness among young people, working with refugee and migrant children, measures working with the general public and local communities, advice on how to communicate with decision makers and the media, and the volunteering section. At the end of the manual there is a section with useful FREE links to materials, videos, petitions and web pages related to the topic of migrations.

Authors: Gisela Renolds, Marzena Ples, Emine Kaya, Mitja Adamlje.

Year and place: 2018, Slovenia.


  1. “Welcome!” Collection of good practices already existing for refugees’ welcoming and first inclusion” FIND IT HERE.

The purpose of the collection of good practises is providing the possibility for operators, decision makers, and wider public to learn more about positive and innovative practises targeted to refugees and asylum seekers support. The collection displays a variety of inspirational initiatives, which can provide  further ideas on how to address a particular particular topic or a target group, or what methods to use when working on refugees welcoming and integrations. Although the beneficiaries of the good practises in the projects are refugee and asylum seekers, the good practices collected have refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants as beneficiaries. 

Authors: Sandra Mateus (coord.), Filipa Pinho  (CIES, ISCTE-IUL)

Year and place: June, 2018


  1. “Football and Refugees. Addressing key challenges” A collection of good practices shared by UEFA member associations. FIND IT HERE.


  1. “WELCOMING THROUGH SPORT One Idea, Different Approaches, Many Successes: an Overview of Activities” FIND IT HERE.

Authors: Jan Gerspach

Years and place: Frankfurt

Contacts: , 

  1. “Social Integration Through Sport In A Cross-Cultural Setting: Stories From Refugees Living in Central Finland” FIND IT HERE.

The purpose of this study is to identify the role that sport plays in the social integration of refugees living in a diverse cultural setting in the Central Finland region. Five research participants, between the ages of 19-53, emphasize the significance of the concept for facilitating the development of interlinking social issues of the host nation and refugee immigrants, with the emphasis on the refugees themselves.

Author: Langa Moyo 

Years and place: 2018, Finland 

  1. “Pawing The Way. A Handbook on the Reception and Integration of Resettled Refugees” FIND IT HERE.

Authors: Hazel Williams Project Coordinator, ICMC Europe and Salomé Phillmann, Independent Researcher

Years and place: 10 June 2011

20“Social inclusion through associations and voluntary organizations Experiences from refugees in Kristianstad and Helsingborg” FIND IT HERE.

The aim of this study is to find out if participation in associational activities can facilitate social inclusion. The focus is on the experiences of the participants themselves, presenting their individual life situations and creating a framework against which the meaningfulness of associational activities is evaluated. The study is limited to adults with refugee backgrounds living in the areas of Kristianstad and Helsingborg, and who are following individual introduction programs set up by the local Employment Services. 

Authors: Anne-Maria Ikonen 

Years and place: 2014