The Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and recognition centres in Italy, Norway, Greece and the United Kingdom have joined forces to develop a pilot project known as the European Qualification Passport.
The passport is a certificate that will help refugees who fled their countries to continue their education or to work in their host country.
Fourteen refugees currently in Greece recently received the first European Qualifications Passports for Refugees.
However, it does not guarantee admission to study or work, and it is not a formal recognition of residence.
The document is also proof of higher education qualifications. It provides information about a candidate’s work experience and language proficiency, and information about their level of integration and progress they have made towards gaining employment or admission to further studies.
It can be issued to refugees, even if they cannot fully document their qualifications.
Currently, the program is in the pilot phase and interested refugees can not apply directly.
Authorities will directly select approximately 50 refugees to be included in the project in 2017.