based on the Council of Europe Lisbon Recognition Convention


Partners include the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, the Conference of University Rectors of Italy and qualification recognition centres in Armenia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK

The UNHCR Representation in Greece and the UNHCR Representation in Strasbourg also support the project.


This video on the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees was produced by the World Economic Forum and promoted by UNHCR.

What is the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees?


The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is a document providing an assessment of the higher education qualifications based on available documentation and a structured interview. It also presents information on the applicant’s work experience and language proficiency. The document provides reliable information for integration and progression towards employment and admission to further studies.

It is a specially developed assessment scheme for refugees, even for those who cannot fully document their qualifications.


 Download the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees presentation leaflet



The Process:       


How long will this process take?

The questionnaire is normally sent to candidates three weeks before the evaluation, with two weeks to fill it in, allowing the evaluators one week to review them. The interviews themselves take between 45 minutes to one hour, after which a decision on whether or not to issue the document is made. If the decision is positive, the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is issued and valid for five years from the date of issue.


When does this process start?

The first group of candidates was interviewed from 7 to 9 March 2017 in Athens. The project brings together credentials evaluators from Greece, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom to facilitate and accelerate the recognition of refugees’ qualifications in Greece, their first host country. Two additional sessions will be held in June and September 2017.