It is a pleasure to invite you to submit your abstract for the conference entitled ‘Transgressing Boundaries: Migration and Sport,’ organized by İstanbul Bilgi University, as part of the ‘Social Inclusion of African Athletes in Europe (SiNAFE)’ Project, which will take place at İstanbul Bilgi University on June 1-2, 2023.
SiNAFE is a collaborative partnership project funded by the European Commission within the scope of the Erasmus+ Sport Program. In this project, we try to preserve a simple but crucial idea: having equal conditions in sports is a human right. With the idea that ‘sport is a human right,’ the project wants to promote social inclusion and help make sure that everyone has equal opportunities in sports, with a particular focus on migrants. Sport is oftentimes cited as the perfect tool for upward mobility, and many young athletes attach their hopes and dreams to sport, particularly football, to ascend socially. Still, migrant athletes continue to suffer from social exclusion.
The acronym of the project is “SINAFE”, meaning simplicity in Hausa language, which is one of the most widespread languages of West Africa. In this project, we try to preserve a simple but crucial idea; having equal conditions in sport is a human right.
The direct target group of the SINAFE is the immigrant African athletes in participant countries. Consecutively, the final beneficiaries of the project are the immigrant athletes in various sports and from different countries, as well as various sport organisations, migration institutions and NGOs.
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