The goal of this activity was to gather qualitative information from young people about the barriers that young people face to accessing international opportunities and exercising their rights as European citizens.
Through the EGiA focus groups, we gathered information from mobile and non-mobile university
students about their perceptions on key topics:
- Awareness about EU opportunities such as Erasmus, European Solidarity Corps and others.
- - Challenges and barriers to participating in these opportunities: why so many young people do not access them? How can these barriers be overcome?
- - Awareness about the rights of mobile young people: did mobile students know about their rights when they went on mobility? Do non-mobile students know about the rights they have as EU citizens?
- - Impact of mobility and civic engagement: does mobility make more active citizens? What were the experiences of participants?
We organised the Focus Group as a part of our National Assembly henceforth, most of the participants were Erasmus Student Network members. Since we had 35 participants that took part in the Focus Groups, we divided them into two groups. Every group was led by a facilitator, and the recorder helped them to write down everything that was shared.
The activity was organised on the 17th of June 2023 at the University of South Bohemia České Budějovice. The First Group had 14 participants, and the second one had 21 participants. Participants used various methodologies during the activity, for example, discussions, independent work or dialogues.