20th 2016 EA Event
In the year in which the Erasmus programme turns 30, Brexit will be officially triggered by UK Government. This means that in the next few years, British young people will most likely lose their European citizenship rights of freedom of movement in the EU: it seems politically inevitable that some or all restrictions on free movement of people between the UK and other EU member states will be imposed once the UK formally leaves the EU. As the free movement of people remains uncertain, so does access to Erasmus+ and other European mobility and volunteering programmes for UK nationals. How will this affect youth mobility? What will the impact be for people with fewer opportunities? And will the Erasmus+ programme continue to be accessible for British youth? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the event “Youth and Mobility in Post Brexit Europe”, organised by Volonteurope, Volunteering Matters and European Alternatives. The event will reflect upon and draw from the learning of the Erasmus+ funded project EVS4ALL, which was aimed at highlighting the need to make European Voluntary Service (EVS) more inclusive and accessible to young people with fewer opportunities. A set of Policy Recommendations aimed at improving the access to EVS for disadvantaged youth will be presented and discussed during the event, while young people, who have experienced cross-border mobility through EVS and other European mobility programmes and opportunities, will join speakers from European policy networks to discuss the future of youth mobility in post-Brexit Europe.