Social Inclusion

‘Social Inclusion’ is one of the main working themes of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) in the 2014-2020 programming period. It links directly to Priority 6 of EU Rural Development policy on “promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas”.

Work on this theme has included a number of inter-linked ENRD activities:







Rural Connections spring 2017
Focus on: Social Inclusion
EAFRD Projects Brochure on ‘Migrant and Refugee Integration EAFRD Projects Brochure on ‘Social Inclusion



  • What can LEADER/CLLD and other bottom-up initiatives do for social inclusion in rural areas? [PDF ]
  • What can National Rural Networks do to support social inclusion? [PDF ]
  • How to support the social inclusion of young people in rural areas? [PDF ]
  • How to support the social inclusion of migrants and asylum seekers? [PDF ]
  • Social inclusion of Roma through LEADER and CLLD [PDF ]
  • The role of women in rural areas 


NRN cluster

  • The work of the ‘NRN cluster on migrants’ was initiated at the 4th NRNs’ meeting (29 February-1 March 2016). See a summary of a discussion on NRNs’ work and activities on social inclusion. 
  • The work of the cluster continued through a phone-based think tank platform between the SwedishFinnishGerman, and Austrian networks and the ENRD Contact Point on the state-of-play and NRN activities linked to migrants integration in rural areas (3 June 2016).

NRNs can express their interest in the work of the cluster by contacting Nils Lagerroth at the Swedish Rural Network Support Unit (Nils.Lagerroth[AT]