European Qualifications Passport for Refugees
What is the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees?
The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is a standardized document issued in a project carried out by the Council of Europe and partners. The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees consists of two parts – the assessment part and the explanatory part. The assessment part of the European Qualifications Passport contains information on the highest qualification(s) achieved, academic discipline, other relevant qualifications, as well as relevant job experience and language proficiency (in cases where it is possible to substantiate it). The explanatory part contains information about the status of the document and a short description of the Project.
The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is a standardized document that explains the qualifications a refugee is likely to have based on the available evidence. Although this document does not constitute a formal recognition act, it summarizes and presents available information on the applicant’s educational level, work experience and language proficiency. The evaluation methodology is a combination of an assessment of available documentation and the use of a structured interview. Thus, the document provides credible information that can be relevant in connection with applications for employment, internships, qualification courses and admission to studies.
The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is a special international tool developed to assess refugee’s qualifications for which there is insufficient or missing documentation.
How to apply?
Applicants need to create an account on the EQPR IT Platform in order to proceed to the EQPR assessment.
For more information, download this leaflet on the EQPR and how to apply:
Project based on the Council of Europe Lisbon Recognition Convention
Partners include the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, the Conference of University Rectors of Italy, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the Government of Flanders - Belgium and national recognition centres in Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and the United Kingdom.
The UNHCR Representation in Greece and the UNHCR Representation in Strasbourg also support the project.
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In partnership with UNHCR, the City of Strasbourg and the Association Foyer Notre-Dame, this video has been produced in the framework of the Refugee Week (“Semaine des Réfugiés”), taking place from 13 to 21 June 2021. The video features testimonials from three refugees, one of whom received the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees issued by the Council of Europe.
France Education international hosted one of the evaluation sessions of the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) in November 2019. The French ENIC-NARIC Centre is a partner of the EQPR project, along with members from Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the UK.