UEFA Good Practices | Football and Refugees
“I was struck in mid-August by the international media headlines about a 90,000-year-old teenage girl of mixed origins, her mother a Neanderthal and her father a Denisovan. This goes to show that, despite what we might think, migration and diversity are really nothing new and are part and parcel of what makes us the humans we are today. Our European society is certainly more complex and sophisticated than the one that young girl inhabited in the Altai mountains of Siberia 900 centuries ago.
The challenges a refugee faces nowadays, however, are probably rather similar in essence to the ones Neanderthals and Denisovans were then confronted with: a difficult journey, being accepted in the new society, making themselves useful, demonstrating their skills, making friends, working and playing, finding a mate and founding a family. But the process of integration, because that is what we are talking about, is never easy.
The purpose of this UEFA best practice collection is to remind us of the steps and precautions we should take to make this age-old process smoother, more humane and more efficient…”