Mohamad al-Kour

(10 February 2017) - Antoine Saint-Denis (AEIDL) speaks with Mohamad al-Kour, a Syrian refugee who has been living in Belgium for the past 18 months. Mohamad explains his reasons for leaving Syria, tells the story of his long journey to and through Europe, and talks about his new life in his newly adopted country.

Yves Champetier

(27 January 2017) - The LEADER rural development programme is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Yves Champetier has been one of the leading experts on LEADER throughout this time. In this article, Yves retraces the evolution of this initiative, which has revolutionised European rural development, and highlights the challenges that still need to be overcome in order to achieve "Community-Led Local Development (CLLD)".


(15 January 2017) - A job vacancy has arisen for a network manager in the European Social Fund (ESF) Transnational Platform.

Refugees working in Sweden

(14 December 2016) - AEIDL is quoted in a recent thesis by Lana Plug, Wageningen University. This thesis calls for the need to adopt both immigration and rural development policies from a mobile and human rights based approach, which would secure the rights of refugees and local rural development in a mutually sustainable way, in order to facilitate a successful accommodation of refugees in particularly declining rural areas of Europe now and in the future.


(02 December 2016) - The integration of refugees is now underway in Germany. Márta Márczis, the president of AEIDL, reports on a recent workshop in Berlin, organised by the Robert Bosch Foundation, which explored the integration process. An interesting innovation is the Sprint model, which has been replicated throughout the country. Other examples of practical actions taken at local level are presented in a series of BBC reports from Oberhausen.


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