Pilot project within the Action Plan "Building inclusive Societies"

Based on the Council of Europe Lisbon Recognition Convention

Partners include the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and qualification recognition centres in Greece, Italy, Norway and the UK. The UNHCR Office in Greece also supports 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.




First European Qualifications Passports for Refugees issued in Greece

Second evaluation for European Qualification Passport for Refugees held in Greece

European Qualifications Passport for Refugees: third assessment session held in Greece             

European Qualifications Passport for Refugees: Project partners met to discuss key project results

Launch of documentary on the Project "European Qualifications Passport for Refugees"


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"European Qualifications Passport for Refugees"  - Fruitfame

“Da flyktningene kom over havet åpnet universitetet hans dørene” -  Universitetsavisa,Trondheim University newspaper (in Norwegian)

“Syrisk kvinnelege med livet på vent”  - Universitetsavisa,Trondheim University newspaper (in Norwegian)

“Samler biter av folks liv og setter dem inn i et system” - Universitetsavisa,Trondheim University newspaper (in Norwegian)

"Anwar fikk pass nummer 1 - nå skal hun studere på HiOA" - Universitetsavisa,Trondheim University newspaper (in Norwegian)

“We don’t like the label refugee, HEIs are told”, The Pie News (in English)

“Συνάντηση για το πρόγραμμα αξιολόγησης των ακαδημαϊκών προσόντων των προσφύγων” – Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs (in Greek)

"På første forelesning med helt nytt flyktningepass" - Khrono (in Norwegian)