Project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Youth programme, Key Action 2 strategic partnership for innovation.


The project promotes an integrated approach that combines the non-formal education practices typical of youth work with the contribution of the Lacanian psychoanalytic practice. Both approaches support the capacity for resilience, such as the ability to effectively cope with the challenges of the exile condition of young migrants, to give new impetus to their existence and even to reach important goals. The project aims to develop, test and share a working method with those who work with young migrants who have applied for asylum in Europe, young refugees and second generations immigrants, contributing to the creation of a tool to be used for the purpose of radicalism prevention.


In the so called “age of trauma”, advanced tools and methodologies are needed  in order to deal with the historic phenomenon of migration which is affecting the whole Europe, answering to the urgent need of the communities, where these forced migrants (therefore exiles, ”exuli”) are flowing into, to be more equipped and ready to work towards the creation of real conditions of inclusion, in all its different forms.The action of overcoming a condition of vulnerability, which in most cases are often related to reiterated and perpetrated trauma, tackles the process of marginalisation of migrants, who are often quickly labeled as “disadvantaged” or deviant individuals compared to a number of standards of the hosting society, so that they end up in a lower and prejudiced status.The project ExULI answers basically to those needs related to the social inclusion of young migrants through a process which combines tools of non formal education and psychoanalysis in order to re-write the subjective stories. This process wants to bring a feeling of continuity within the new hosting country, taking into account the impossibility to carry on usual behaviours and the inevitable differences of what’s new (either coming from afar or not). The project aims to develop an educational strategy based on the pedagogical and psychoterapeutical use of trauma narrative through expressive communication tools, overcoming the barrier created by the use of a transmissive language (lack of details and nuances, lack of being able to associate concepts to feelings) and therefore increasing the accessibility of the method designed through the project ExULI. In order to reach this goal and involve young migrants who arrived in different times and who are living in different conditions within the hosting country, the expressive tools which were chosen go beyond the idea of language. 


The specific objectives of the ExULI project will be:

  • To collect and order within a methodological guide the knowledge and professional expertise of non formal education and lacanian psychoanalysis in the field of work with young migrants in order to support the design of the contents of the expressive workshops;
  • To enhance the competences of youth workers, educators, teachers, mediators and psychoanalysts active in the work with young migrants;
  • To express/acknowledge the experienced trauma through a process of workshops which will adopt a low access communication threshold;
  • To make available original tools for the prevention of radicalism both in the current and future generations of migrants;
  • To foster the synergic exchange between actors (professionals and volunteers) coming from different fields of intervention, in order to support innovation and the research of synergic tools suitable for the new challenges on inclusion and integration which Europe is called  to face nowadays;


The project connects four of the main countries involved in the reception of migration flows (Italy, France, Spain and Greece) and has built a partnership made of organizations experienced in the field of non-formal education (REPLAY NETWORK Italy, PISTES SOLIDAIRES France, ACP Greece) and Lacanian psychoanalysts (CCP ONLUS Italy, FORUM OPCIO ESCOLA CAMPO LACANIANO Spain). The project can therefore count on a relevant experience in educational programs of European cooperation and can avail itself of support from associated partners of depth and relevance also on an academic level.


24 months


It is possible to download the complete version of the COMPENDIUM one time you will have concluded the EXULI Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) www.exuli.eu/mooc. The Compendium is available in 4 languages: Italian, French, Greek and Spanish. Through the MOOC you have the opportunity to explore all the content of the Compendium in 8 different modules. Module 8 is dedicated to the 4 kind of Atelier and the tools that can inspire you applying them in your local reality. Each module proposes a video summary, an extraction of the Compendium, in order to let you approach it by steps. A final set of inspiring questions are aimed at guiding your personal reflection on the content you just read. With your permission, this content will go to the dedicated section of the Community of Practice, where a public on-going reflection on the topic will evolve in a larger discussion among EXULI Practitioners.