Call for Applications – Youth Exchange Programme 2018: “Migration Across EU – MENA Region: New Perspective, New Understanding

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI), Swedish Instiute in Alexandria, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are inviting young people from the region (EU-MENA) to apply for a five-day regional forum addressing “Migration Across MENA-EU Regions”

How to Apply:

Documents required for applying (Only complete application packages will be accepted): all the below should be sent in one email with all the documents attachment

1- Your application form, can be downloaded Here

2- Your CV (no more than 2 pages)

3- Biography (One paragraph in Third Person Format + a recent picture JPG), form can be download Here

4- Letter of motivation, explaining in 500 words why you think you should be invited to this event given your current position and how will this event contribute to your professional development or engagement on the topic, what do you expect to learn during the forum.


please send us your application before 31st of March, 2018 to the following email:

Documents required after receiving acceptance email: Will be sent to you in case you are selected. We will only contact selected Applicants

Contact Information sheet (Email / Phone number / Address / Nearest Airport)


Migration is a common phenomenon for the MENA – EU region. The Mediterranean Sea was and still is a corridor for migration, Perceptions of it has always changed along with time given the economic and social realities. Migration changed our lives and it is part of life itself in the case of Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

EU – MENA is a region in which diversity has always been the norm. Migration is significantly contributing to coexistence in the region, that is why gathering youth from the region in Alexandria is extremely timely and needed to better realize a new way of looking at it with a new perspective.

Simultaneously, there are gaps of different kinds when looking at the issue of migration; there is a demographic gap – the population in the MENA region is increasing at significant rates, contrary; European countries generally experience low birth rates and aging population.

Another impactful gap manifests itself in the age-group classification. Due to various reasons related to healthcare services, life expectancy and fertility rate variations, the working population in the MENA region comprises a majority as opposed to Europe. Youth, in other words are becoming the most valuable asset in today’s changing economy. Whether within the borders of states, transnational, or across the Mediterranean, youth mobility is a decisive factor in mutual economic flourishing of the Euro-Mediterranean space.

But even employability trends are changing with hastening switch toward robotization and automation. Jobs would potentially disappear and others would suffer tremendous shortages. Yet, youth in the MENA region move for diverse push and pull factors that stem from the continuously evolving socio-economic and political changes. Another factor is climate migration; this is due to increasing climate change impacts in the region both in the global south but also in the north.

Youth Exchange Programme 2018 aims to address the regional phenomena of migration based on the role of youth in conceiving the future with this growing trend. The Programme in collaboration with IOM will help address and identify this challenge so as the accompanying opportunities

Eligibility Criteria:

We are looking for 35 participants to represent the Arab region and the countries of the European Union. The Swedish Institute in Alexandria, the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute, and IOM believe in equal opportunity, hence we will ensure there is a gender balance in the accepted applications.

  • Age: 18 – 35
  • Regions: From Arab and EU Countries
  • Professional and Educational Background: youth engaged in academia, Migration NGOs and Governmental Institutes, or a student’s researching in this area, with a clear interest in the topic.
  • Language: Fluent in English

Please Note:

Incomplete applications will not be accepted and only shortlisted participants will be contacted. Selection Process – Only Selected Applicants will be notified via Email: Additional Information :

  • Program’s Language: English
  • Program’s Duration: 28 April – 2 May 2018 (4 days)
  • Program’s Location: Swedish Institute Alexandria
  • Program’s Costs: Fully funded Programme by Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex) and The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to the following email address:

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