The talented young people participating in the programme receive training in their chosen sport while working towards a formal educational qualification.
The Refugee Switzerland Programme will start in 2022 and over the next four years up to 15 talented young refugees will have the opportunity to develop their talent in sport. The State Secretariat for Migration and the Federal Office of Sport have confirmed their support for the project. The young people are able to adapt to life in Switzerland through their sporting talent.
"The young athletes on the Refugee Programme serve as role models and as such can help to promote the integration of refugees in Switzerland."
Mario Gattiker, Director of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM (2015-2021)
"I am convinced that this unique project combines the fields of sport, education and integration in a new way."
Matthias Remund, Director of the Federal Office of Sport FOSPO
"Combining sports, education and the good values of Switzerland needs passion and strong partners. I would like to thank everyone who is involved in this project."
Reto Ammann, VRP & CEO SBW Haus des Lernens AG
"Sport is an important cultural asset and connects generations. Ultimately, top-level sport can only succeed with a good foundation of grassroots sport and the promotion of young talent. I am pleased that the Talent-Campus Bodensee is making a valuable contribution in this area."
Jürg Stahl, Ambassador Talent-Campus
The Refugee International Programme ties in directly with Olympic Solidarity's ongoing "Refugee Support Programme", bringing it to the youth level. We want to give young sports talents with recognized refugee status the opportunity to pursue their passion in Switzerland and enable them to obtain an international school-leaving certificate (Cambridge International A Level Certificate).