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Another 57 people linked to football & sport evacuated from Afghanistan!

Following another round of complex negotiations, FIFA can confirm that it has supported Qatar with the evacuation from Afghanistan of a second group of refugees linked to women’s football and basketball. A total of 57 individuals, mostly women and children, safely landed in Doha on Wednesday, October 20, on a …

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FIFA assists evacuation of refugees from Afghanistan!

FIFA can confirm, following complex negotiations, it has, with the support of Qatar, evacuated almost 100 members of the football family from Afghanistan, including female players. FIFA would like to express its sincere thanks to the government of Qatar for its support facilitating extensive discussions and for ensuring the safe …

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FIFA president Infantino meets Afghan refugees at FIFA World Cup famility in Doha!

FIFA President Gianni Infantino emphasised the important role football can play in tough times when meeting refugees from Afghanistan being housed at the Park View Villas complex in Doha on Saturday. The FIFA President joined Lolwah-Al Khater, Assistant Foreign Minister and spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, …

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UEFA & UNHCR team up to congratulate UEFA Football & Refugees Grant Scheme winners!

To mark World Refugee Day, UEFA and UNHCR recognise six national associations who have helped refugees integrate into society. UEFA, European football’s governing body and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, teamed up on Monday to recognise six European national football associations for their success in using the game’s unifying power …

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Young refugees watch Italy play Wales on World Refugee Day!

UEFA and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) mark World Refugee Day by inviting football teams competing in national competition for young refugees to Group A match in Rome. When Italy lined up against Wales in their final Group A match at Rome on Sunday, they did so watched by a …

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World Refugee Day 2021: six ways UEFA is using football to help refugees!

Leveraging football’s unifying power to build a better future for refugees lies at the heart of UEFA’s social responsibility programme. On the eve of World Refugee Day 2021, UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, announced that the number of people forced to flee their communities or countries has doubled in …

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Warsaw’s cross-cultural football project gains 2020 UEFA Grassroots award!

Etnoliga is a social programme in the Polish capital, Warsaw, which promotes diversity through its annual football league for immigrant communities and looks to support refugees as well as empowering women, LGBT+ and other underprivileged groups. Set up by the non-profit organisation Foundation for Freedom, or Fundacji dla Wolnosci, it …

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The importance of football for refugees & asylum seekers!

A recipient of a UEFA research grant for 2019/20, Dr Rahela Jurkovic talked to UEFA Direct about the importance of football for refugees. Dr Rahela Jurkovic was one of six recipients of a UEFA research grant for 2019/20 for a project titled ‘Football and refugees: cultural anthropology of the Balkan …

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World Refugee Day: young refugees eMeet Greece’s EURO winner Papadopoulos!

A group of young refugees from across the world joined Greece’s UEFA EURO 2004 champion and former refugee Dimitris Papadopoulos to talk about football and a lot more besides – thanks to a UEFA Foundation for Children initiative to mark Saturday’s World Refugee Day. The refugees, aged between 13 and …

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UEFA Football and Refugees Grant Scheme winners selected!

The six winners of the 2019/20 UEFA Football and Refugees Grant Scheme have been announced, each receiving €50,000 towards integrating migrants into society through football. The available grants were awarded to the football associations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Iceland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey following an evaluation process by a …

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