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Addressing gaps in adult education and social cohesion



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About This Course


The training programme responds to specific educational needs currently present in Europe, which relate to the increase in movement of people and the discrimination that many LGBTQIA+ people face. This programme addresses the issue of training deficiency by building the capacity of professionals who work in the employment and social sectors to better support and fulfill the needs of LGBTQIA+ migrants.   

The training materials are based on a needs assessment conducted in the UK, Cyprus, Greece and Italy. Our desk and field research concluded that more knowledge is needed about the situation of LGBTQIA+ migrants in their countries of origin and how to approach and challenge the double stigma they face.. Further education is also needed about this double stigma and the complex ways in which LGBTQIA+ identity and immigration status can affect each other, and how this intersecting identity can affect how they are accepted by different groups. The research participants also highlighted greater competencies for addressing the specific issues faced by LGBTQIA+ migrants in their host countries and the importance of inclusive language and intercultural skills. 

The training programme aims to build the capacity of professionals by:  

Providing them with information on the complex issues encountered by LGBTQIA+ migrants

Educating them on the detrimental effect that xenophobic and homo-transphobic discrimination have not only on the LGBTQIA+ migrants, but also on the community as a whole 

Equipping them with appropriate educational tools and resources to be able to identify and prevent discrimination and provide support to LGBTQIA+ migrants 

The programme has been developed for educators, students and professionals working in services related to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The training programme consists of the following four modules:

Module 1 - Ethical and inclusive communication

Module 2 - The situation and legal rights of LGBTQIA+ migrants in both their countries of origin and host countries

Module 3 - Challenges LGBTQIA+ migrants/refugees can face in their communities and how to improve their access to public services

Module 4 - Challenges older LGBTQIA+ migrants can face in their communities and how to improve their access to public services


All modules include a theoretical component, applied learning activities, resources for additional information, and quizzes and exercises. 



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Course Staff

Maija Linnala, Project Manager at IARS International Institute

Maija is a project manager at IARS. She leads on the management and delivery of a number of local, national, and international projects and carries out qualitative and quantitative research and evaluations. She has been actively involved in over 18 EU funded projects and managed a number of large partnerships. She has a MA degree in Public Policy and Practice by the University of Greenwich, UK.

Thanos Theofilopoulos, Researcher at Symplexis

Thanos is a Sociologist with an MA in Social Exclusion and Minorities from Panteion University and a MSc in Management of Natural and Human Induced Disasters from Harokopio University. He has been actively involved in more than 15 EU funded projects on Gender/LGBTQI+ equality and nondiscrimination as a support services provider, researcher, trainer and/or project manager. He currently works as a researcher for Athens-based NGO Symplexis as well as for Panteion University and University of West Attica. He is also one of the scientific supervisors of the national network supporting GBV survivors and women that have experienced discrimination, coordinated by the General Secretariat for Gender Equality and scientifically supported by the Research Center for Gender Equality (KETHI). Finally, since 2021, he is a member of Harokopio University’s first Gender Equality Committee.

Raffaele Messina, Researcher at Euro-Net

Raffaele is a Trainer and Researcher working for Euro-Net in several projects about Social Inclusion.

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