The main groups of migrants and refugees coming to the project countries consist of transit migrants, refugees and asylum seekers seeking safety and/or work. Transit migrants and refugees are from the Middle East, Asia (mostly from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh) and Africa (mostly from Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria and D.R. Congo) and are fleeing civil wars or economic collapse and poverty; they usually enter the hosting or transit countries illegally. While some of them apply for asylum, the majority try to use Turkey, Greece, Italy or Slovenia as a stopover on their way to the West. Therefore, in the recent years the refugee crisis has been one of the main issues that EU has to deal with and overcome. The solutions to this current issue must be handled transnationally.
The project focuses on the social and economic integration of refugees in the countries involved in the project. It aims to implement a succession of activities that promote the integration of refugees in the host society and at the same time fight against its exclusion.