- gain an understanding of what attracts students to study, work or volunteer abroad;
- identify existing barriers to participation in mobility programmes;
- discuss solutions to barriers, and ways to increase participation in mobility programmes.
Through the EGiA focus groups, ESN wants to gather information from mobile and non-mobile 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?
Both of the focus groups took place during the National Assembly of ESN Bulgaria, held in Sofia on 22 and 23 April 2023.
All the participants contributed to the discussion through different examples and personal experience. They enjoyed discussing the topic and showed willingness to further help, if necessary.