Transnational mobility undertaken for learning purposes remains in many ways a curiously under-researched phenomenon. 

This study covers issues such as: how many people in Europe (young and old) go abroad for a period of time to acquire new skills, competences and knowledge; in what contexts does this take place; and how is this financed (and by whom)?. What is the precise rationale for these activities, how are they organized and outcomes recognized, and what is the nature of the interplay between the various programmes, schemes and initiatives? 

It focuses on learning mobility in mobility schemes outside the European action programmes (the Comenius, Grundtvig and Leonardo da Vinci strands of the Lifelong Learning Programme and the Youth in Action Programme), and it complements a similar study on mobility in higher education.

Cedefop's work is cited.

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