About the project

It is always complicated for young foreigners to settle in a relatively short time in a big city. Among the biggest challenges are bureaucratic challenges, lack of housing, work, social integration, and peer-meeting opportunities, which demotivate people and force them to leave big cities.

Handshake will boost social inclusion in metropolitan cities by developing an online app, offline events and a social inclusion guide for big cities -Paris, Milan & Brussels. Other major cities may be included in the future, when the project reaches the expected results.

General Aim

The main aim of the Handshake project is to integrate expatriates into local life through the creation of a useful tool centralising all the necessary information in all EU languages (in the form of a web application), and thus promoting inclusion and social citizenship.


Handshake’s specific aims are…

  1. Boost active citizenship, young people’s sense of initiative by strengthening EU identity and the participation of young people in the social and political life of cities, applicable both for locals and expats. It is also at the heart of the project to come closer to those with fewer opportunities, including people with disabilities and living in facing socio-economic difficulties.

  2. Reinforce links between policy, research and practice through:
  • a) activities to promote better knowledge about bureaucratic processes, existing events in the cities where the target group lives (and beyond).
  • B) Allowing big cities to follow a social inclusion path for young expats and young local citizens, through a social inclusion guide and a user-friendly app, adaptable also to other cities in the EU.

See our social inclusion guides:


Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

garagErasmus ASBL (Belgium)

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

garagErasmus4Milano (Italy)

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Fondation Hippocrène / garagErasmus4Paris (France)


The Handshake project runs from February 2022 to May 2023

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