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European Directory of Services for Researchers in Danger

Welcome to our preliminary European Directory of Services for Researchers in Danger and useful projects for refugee researchers. Feel free to scroll down and review the information or choose the country of interest from the menu directly below. Please contact us for changes that need to be made to the list and/or to include experts in your country.

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Dubarah aims to support Syrian refugees worldwide through practical and creative solutions in form of a network which addresses their needs and provides help and support. Dubarah operates in 15 countries with more than 18K volunteers working to support the refugees at any necessity and level to improve their careers, growing business and find the best education opportunity for them. Contact:
The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world's largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises with international ambitions. Homepage:
Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS) offers online language courses to participants of the Erasmus+ programme, the largest academic and vocational training exchange programme of the EU Commission. The service has been expanded to the benefit of around 100.000 refugees over 3 years, on a voluntary basis and free of charge for them.
The German language learning system is well developed and subsidized by the state. There are many advanced level courses for refugees in universities, such as Bielefeld University and many others. Also in Greece single institutions such as the University of the Aegean offers language courses on a broad scale.
The ERASMUS+ project 'Development of a toolbox to support refugees and people working with refugees (RefuTools)': One of the outcomes is RefuAPP downloadable from Google Play mobile app with essential information for refugees in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Spain. The App itself is available in Arabic, Bulgarian, German, English, Italian, Slovenian and Spanish language. Homepage:
EURAXESS (Jobs, Services, Links, Rights) is an EU Commission programme to enhance researchers' mobility in(to) the ERA. The EURAXESS Network consists of 500 local EURAXESS Centres that provide researchers and their families with information and assistance relating to mobility to and from the local research institution, including advice on visa and entry conditions, social security rights and employment statuses. Homepage:
The EURAXESS Intercultural Assistant is a EURAXESS tool in two parts − for third country researchers who are developing their career in Europe and for staff serving researchers.
Both are available on the EURAXESS portal:
Tel: +359 2 971 3509
Guiding Refugees via European Exchange and Training (GREET), with a goal to strengthen European cooperation and information sharing on existing and good practices for the integration of highly skilled refugees in the higher education system and labour market in 9 European countries. Homepage:
HOPES (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians) is a project funded by the European Union's Madad Fund and coordinated by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to give Syrian refugees and disadvantaged students from the neighbouring countries (incl. Turkey) access to higher education. Homepage:
The inHERE project (Higher Education supporting Refugees in Europe) strengthens knowledge sharing, peer-support and academic partnership to facilitate integration and access of refugees in European Higher Education Institutions. inHERE is a 2-years project co-funded with support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Homepage:
The Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent non-profit organisation, launched the Scholars Rescue Fund (SRF) as a response to the attacks on scholars worldwide. It protects scholars around the world by providing fellowships and safe academic environments. SRF has also been involved in BRiDGE RRs cases. One UNIBI case is a former SRF fellow. Homepage:
The LISTEN project aims at introducing storytelling approaches and techniques to a radio environment as a binding factor which brings social and personal benefits for refugees. Those techniques will serve to develop in refugee's and migrant's personality a construction of personal values, a higher level of self- esteem, and a stronger sense of identity in the community. Homepage:
Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) is a global network of researchers, promoting an active community of researchers brought together by past or present mobility experience under the European Commission's Marie Curie programme. Homepage:
National Contact Points Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA), the European Commission aims to create a pool of excellent European researchers and Science and Innovation staff while also increasing Europe's attractiveness for researchers from abroad. The MSCA provides grants for all stages of researchers' careers and encourage transnational, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enables research-focused organisations to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide. MSCA grants include a restart option for RRs.
Founded in late 2015, Refugee Rights Europe (RRE) researches and documents the lived realities of refugees and displaced people seeking protection in Europe, with a specific focus on human rights violations and inadequate humanitarian conditions. To-date, the organisation has surveyed and interviewed more than 6,000 displaced people in hard-to-reach areas across Europe, producing more than 20 research reports in less than three years. Homepage:
RefuTools Project: Development of four intellectual achievements ("RefuTools"), which are used to support refugees and people who are involved in refugee work or volunteering with practical help. With these support measures, the participating project partners want to contribute to the reduction of existing ones Socio-social barriers that make it difficult for refugees so far and ultimately facilitate their integration into the welfare social structures and to facilitate access to work. Homepage:
REST Project - Refugee Employment Support and Training is about creating and applying a comprehensive training and support system for enterprises that are interested in employing refugees.
The employment and integration of refugees in the labour market could be a solution for a wide range of problems that European labour markets currently suffer from, e.g. skill shortage − especially in rural areas, ageing workforces, or the lack of motivated apprentices. But due to their unclear professional, personal and legal situations, many European employers are still hesitant to hire and employ refugees. The REST project aims at creating and applying a comprehensive training and support system for enterprises and organisations that want to employ and integrate refugees at their workplaces.
Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) is an international network of institutions and individuals to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. SAR is one of the most wanted experts in the field and works closely in 11 UNIBI RRs cases in many disciplines, such as psychology, law, biology, economics, sociology, physics, educational sciences, chemistry, mathematics, political science and literature. SAR has provided over the last 15 years advice and direct assistance to institutions and scholars in over 2000 cases, including arranging over 600 positions of sanctuary for scholars forced to flee their home countries due to violence and threats (as of June 2015). Homepage:
Science4Refugees (S4R) is an EU Commission initiative, embedded in EURAXESS, that helps RRs finding suitable jobs to improve their own situation and put their skills and experience to good use in the European research system. Homepage:
The Supporting University Community pathways for Refugees-migrants (S.U.C.RE.) is a is a KA2 Erasmus+ project granted by the Hellenic National Agency (IKY) via the European Commission and unites the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Cologne, VU Amsterdam and the Greek Council for Refugees. S.U.C.RE. specifically focuses on the processes required for the proper integration of refugees/migrants (students and scholars) in higher education as well as on their academic support after their acceptance/entrance in a University. In addition, it focuses on the psychosocial integration/support of refugees/migrants and their proper information on legal and health issues. S.U.C.RE. aims at creating educational/training material to be properly used by practitioners and interested parties. Homepage:
Alexandros Triantafyllidis
Syrian Researchers is a scientific network addressing the Arabic speaking individuals and societies. It was launched by a group of academics in Syria and abroad to raise the scientific and academic level of the Syrian society in particular and in the Arab one in general, and to spread science in all readable, audible and visual means. Today, Syrian Researchers is considered the largest Arabic scientific assemblage on the internet by its quantity of daily-published scientific content and by the number of its followers and visits. Homepage:
UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
There are chapters in all European countries
The International Welcome Desk is the Euraxess Services Centre at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). It provides international academics, researchers and PhD candidates with information about, and assistance, with the various formalities to be undertaken prior to and after arrival in Belgium and at the ULB (eg. immigration formalities, town hall registration, medical insurance, bank account, school and creche places, accommodation etc). Homepage:
Sue Black
The Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants (BCRM) was founded in 2005 by the Bulgarian Red Cross, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and Caritas-Bulgaria as a platform of their activities related to the refugee and migration policy, protection and integration of refugees and migrants. In 2007, the Association for Integration of Refugees and Migrants joined the BCRM.
The BCRM, as an association of organisations of longstanding experience and professional competency has the capacity to influence and support the social transformation towards efficient protection and integration of refugees and migrants.
Caritas Bulgaria is a Bulgarian non-profit organization implementing social work to support vulnerable people in society. Established in 1993 by decision of the Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in Bulgaria, Caritas Bulgaria is a federation of Diocesan Catholic organizations. Homepage:
CATRO Bulgaria is part of the leading Austrian consultancy group − CATRO Personalberatung, dieBerater® and MAKAM Research, providing cutting-edge know-how in all areas related to human resources management and development. We are able to draw on the skills and knowledge of specialists with international experience and to offer our clients strong expertise in recruiting new talents, developing employees' potential, providing HR consultancy and creating and implementing European projects. We take into account local market and culture specifics, strongly believing we are the most helpful to our clients by combining both the advantages of the global and the local experience and know-how. Homepage:
The Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria was established in March 2003 and officially registered as a non-governmental organization by the Bulgarian Government on 17 March 2003 (entry 1221/2003). The Association is represented by Chairman of the Board Linda Awanis. Homepage:
EURAXESS in Bulgaria provides information and assistance to mobile researchers and highly qualified specialists. Homepage:
National Career Days is the largest career event in Bulgaria. The forum is held annually in 7 academic cities in Bulgaria, to support the professional development of young specialists and students. Homepage:
Refugee Ocean (RO) is an online platform designed to connect asylum seekers and refugees with the local community and to make the giving experience as easy and meaningful as possible. Homepage:
Programme national d'aide à l'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil (PAUSE) is a French programme that was launched to provide support for higher education institutions and establishments and research organisations committed to hosting at-risk researchers from abroad. The mission of PAUSE is to facilitate the hosting of scientists in crisis situations for sufficiently long periods to enable them to integrate and to ensure continuity in their research. Homepage:
Programme national d'aide à l'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil (PAUSE) offers funds and help to academic and research institutions wishing to welcome researchers who are in a situation of life-threatening emergency. Funds an important part of the researcher's salary. Provides information and administrative help. Homepage:
Adopt an Academic is a joint initiative of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and Freie Universität Berlin. It provides peer-to-peer mentoring, that gives excellent researchers the opportunity to effectively support RRs through academic counselling, systematic network building, and administrative assistance. Homepage:
The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) aims to establish a community of outstanding researchers who are at an early stage in their academic career. The goal of the AGYA is the effective strengthening of the international cooperation between excellent Arab and German early-career researchers. Homepage:
Chance for Science is an online platform and academic mentors' initiative, hosted by University of Leipzig, aiming at facilitating the access to German universities and colleagues of the same research field for academics who fled to Germany. Homepage:
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is the self-governing organization for science and research in Germany and serves all branches of science and the humanities. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities. It facilitates the participation of scientists and academics, who have fled their home countries, in research projects. All project leaders and higher education institutions can submit supplemental proposals to integrate qualified refugees in existing DFG-funded projects. Homepage:
The EURAXESS network in Germany currently includes 85 EURAXESS Centres which are located at universities and research institutions. They offer professional counselling for visiting researchers at their institutions. Homepage:
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year - making it the world's largest funding organisation of its kind. They also promote internationalisation efforts at German universities, help developing countries build their own systems of higher education, and support German Studies and German language programmes abroad. Homepage:
The German-Syrian Research Society (DSFG) is a non-profit non-governmental organization established in Germany and founded in 2016 by Syrians and Germans of Syrian origin. It was built out of the will, the establishment of a Syrian community for research and science in Germany, as well as the creation of a Syrian lobby within the German Centers for Research and Science. The aim is to support Syrian students and scholars in their studies and work in Germany and, in addition, to obtain the relevant scholarships so that they can continue their scientific career in Germany. Homepage:
The Iranian Academics and Specialists Association in Germany (IRASA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that is established by a number of Iranian scholars and scientists from all over Germany with their base in Potsdam and Berlin. IRASA is aimed to serve the academic interest of Iranian and German institutions in Germany and Iran. Homepage:
Kiron Open Higher Education is a social start-up that enables access to higher education and successful learning for refugees through digital solutions. It cooperates with UNIBI in several study modules for refugees. Homepage:
Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI) helps researchers who have fled their countries to find their feet at German universities and research institutions. Hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation it is the most important new initiative in Europe in terms of funding and supporting RRs. The Philipp Schwartz Initiative has supported in one year a total of 124 researchers who have fled from their own countries (as of July 2017) with two years bridge scholarships. Homepage:
The German Section of the global Scholars at Risk Network (SAR Germany Section) is composed of German universities, research institutions and science organisations that campaign to support and offer sanctuary to researchers under threat as well as to protect academic freedom. Homepage:
Volkswagen Stiftung (VW) is an independent foundation incorporated under private law (Germany). The Foundation provides funds only to academic institutions. All project leaders and higher education institutions can submit supplemental proposals to integrate qualified refugees in existing VW-funded projects. Homepage:
Wir zusammen is a network that bundles the commitment of German companies to the integration of refugees. With the help of measures regarding the orientation and qualification, job offers and social commitment, the member companies make an important contribution to a successful vocational and societal start of the people. Homepage:
Zukunftskolleg Bridge Fellowships: (1) to support new research initiatives at the university which are in the process of formation (e.g. collaborative research centers, research groups); (2) to enhance and advance areas of research at the university which are already strong by supporting postdoctoral researchers with distinctive and complementary expertise who can fill niches in ongoing projects; (3) to support threatened foreign researchers by giving them the opportunity to be integrated into the German academic system Homepage:
Wissenschaft Weltoffen (Niedersachsen): this call offers a three-year research-scholarship and therefore a temporary research and employment perspective in Lower Saxony Homepage:
ANTIGONE is an Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence. Homepage:
Mr. Nassos Theodoridis
The Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) is a non-governmental organization, which has been active since 1989 in the field of asylum and human rights in Greece. Homepage:
Dr Eleni Koutsouraki
The Greek Forum of Migrants (GFM) is a network of migrant organizations and communities in Greece. It was founded in September 2002 and its members now number around 40 organizations. Homepage:
Mr. Ahmed Moavia
The aim of the Greek Forum of Refugees is to create a Panhellenic network of individuals, legal professionals and communities, working to support asylum seekers, political refugees and stateless persons, as well as any others who may meet the criteria set by the Convention of Geneva and the protocols attached to it, or the Greek framework for the protection. Homepage:
Mr. Yonous Muhammadi
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. As all other Greek universities, it is a self-governed legal entity of public law and all major policy issues are determined by the Ministry of National Education and Religion. Retaining its academic autonomy, it fully respects the constitutionally secured right to everyone for a free education. This is possible because it is funded by the state. Moreover, It is progressively succeeding to benefit from its property and legacies, as well as from the funding of research projects with national and international partners. All funds are invested into the management and operation of educational, research and cultural programmes, into student and staff services and grants.

With a student body of about 125000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, over 2000 members of academic staff and approximately 1300 administrative and secretarial staff and specialised personnel, the University of Athens aims at excellence in both teaching and research in a significantly varied range of disciplines.

Mr. Vassilis Pavlopoulos
The University of Piraeus , with a total of nine academic departments, is focused mainly on Statistics, Economics, Business Management and Information Technology. The university was founded in 1938 by the Industrialists and Tradesmen Association under the name "School for Industrial Studies" and its original aim was the advanced training of managerial executives. In 1945 it was renamed to "Higher School for Industrial Studies" while latter in 1958 it was again renamed as "Graduate School for Industrial Studies" and its seat was established in the area of Piraeus. Since then the university has evolved from its original sole focus on business management and added additional academic fields such us statistics and informatics. In 1966, it became a public university, and in 1989 it received its present name. Homepage:

Mrs. Savvoula Oikonomou
Mrs. Christina Kontogoulidou
The REACT (Refugee Assistance Collaboration Thessaloniki) concerns the lease of a total of 100 apartments in the municipalities of Thessaloniki, Neapoli-Sykies, and Kalamaria, and the signing of tenancy agreements with 30 families wishing to provide housing to refugees. Also this is a programme of legal support aimed at individuals from vulnerable refugee groups. Homepage:
Mrs Vrginia Politi
Refergon is an online platform to provide refugees access to the workplace in Greece. Refergon recruits skilled refugees and matches them with employment opportunities in businesses, organisations and social enterprises. Homepage:
Dr. Fiori Zafeiropoulou
Revive Greece is a registered non-profit with a mission to help refugees and migrants to integrate into the European socioeconomic fabric, by re-skilling them on computer programming, an in-demand skill. Then we prepare, support and connect them with the private sector for job placement. Homepage:
Mr. Theodore Dimakarakos
Science4Refugees in Aegean Archipelago (SCIREA) aims through a series of seminars, webinars and short research stays to help refugees' scientists to get familiar with the European academic and research system and to improve their skills and entrepreneurship. Homepage:
Mrs.Ourania Tzoraki
SOFFA − Social Fashion Factory is the Sustainable Fashion Factory that provides work integration to trafficked survivors and refugees, produces from natural, man-made or recycled biodegradable materials, provides to its members access to machinery and training on how to be an ethical and sustainable fashion entrepreneur through SOFE HUB, raises awareness through various activities being the founding board of Fashion Revolution for Greece. Homepage:
Dr. Fiori Zafeiropoulou
The Supporting University Community pathways for Refugees-migrants (S.U.C.RE.) is a is a KA2 Erasmus+ project granted by the Hellenic National Agency (IKY) via the European Commission and unites the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Cologne, VU Amsterdam and the Greek Council for Refugees. S.U.C.RE. specifically focuses on the processes required for the proper integration of refugees/migrants (students and scholars) in higher education as well as on their academic support after their acceptance/entrance in a University. In addition, it focuses on the psychosocial integration/support of refugees/migrants and their proper information on legal and health issues. S.U.C.RE. aims at creating educational/training material to be properly used by practitioners and interested parties. Homepage:
Alexandros Triantafyllidis
UNHCR Greece: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Homepage:
Mrs. Passa
The EURAXESS network in Switzerland consists of 13 centres located in 10 Swiss cities. It provides information and assistance to mobile researchers. Homepage:
The Scholars at Risk Swiss Section comprises 14 Swiss higher education institutions, with 'swissuniversities', the rector's conference of all Swiss higher education institutions, and the 'Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences' acting as associate members. The SAR Swiss Section is committed to promoting SAR's values, mission and activities and seeks to share information and share best practice as well as launch common activities with all members of the Swiss section. Homepage:
Immigration Policy Lab of Stanford and ETH Zurich. Homepage:
A coding academy for refugees.
The Starting a business or getting a job (SINGA) connects locals and people from refugee and migrant backgrounds by creating opportunities for them to meet, collaborate and engage in entrepreneurial, cultural and social activities together. Homepage:
The umbrella organization for all universities in Switzerland (including the technical universities and the schools of applied sciences) Check the International Relations Divisions and the Euraxess Service Centers: f.e the University of Zurich.
Hompage University of Zurich:
Welcome to School
Every asylum seeker in Switzerland can go to school.
The EURAXESS Service Centres in Turkey help researchers and their family to plan and organize their move to TURKEY, and assist with all matters related to mobility. Homepage:
International Arab Academicians Association (IAA) Contact:
Dr. Said Sabbagh
UNICA-Scholars at Risk Turkish members
Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Istanbul University: Improving Capacity and Knowledge Sharing (WESREF-IU) focuses on the inclusion and participation of refugee students and researchers to the Higher Education System in Turkey through the piloting of specifically tailored support mechanisms and general staff trainings. Contact:
Prof. Yeşer Yeşim ÖZER
United Kingdom
The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) is a charitable organization. It is embedded in the UK higher education and research community and helps academics and scientists fleeing from discrimination, persecution, suffering and violence in some of the world's most dangerous places. Homepage: