Vanvitelli joins the UNICORE PROJECT to welcome refugees

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The project, University Corridors for Refugees (UNI-CO-RE), now in its  fourth edition, offers refugees residing in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia e Zimbabwe the opportunity to arrive in Italy in a regular and safe way to continue their studies, in line with the UNHCR objective aiming to strengthen entry channels for refugees and to reach enrolment rates in higher education programmes of 15% in countries of first asylum and third countries.

This project is linked to the Manifesto of the Inclusive University, an initiative proposed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which follows the commitments drawn up by the United Nations General Assembly through the Global Compact on Refugees. The Manifesto aims to encourage the inclusion in Italian universities of students and researchers seeking asylum and holders of international protection.

The Unicore project, therefore, reflects the indications given by the European Commission in the new Pact on migration and asylum and in its recommendation of 23 September 2020, in which Member States are invited to create new entry and protection paths for refugees, such as study and work programs.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, Italian Caritas, Waldensian Diaconia, Centro Astalli and Gandhi Charity collaborate in the project.

The UNICORE project, born in 2019 with a first pilot phase during which six students were welcomed by two universities, expanded in 2020 and 2021 with the participation of 43 refugee students of various nationalities who currently attend degree courses in 23 Italian universities. 

The universities will be supported by a wide network of local partners, actively participating in the project, to ensure necessary support for refugee students during the two-year master's degree programme and facilitate their integration into university life.

The call for applications will close on 31 May 2022

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