A report published by the Eurydice network presents a thorough, comparative mapping of national policies and measures for integrating migrant students into schools in Europe. It covers access to education; learning, psychosocial and language support; the roles of teachers and school heads; and governance.
The overview of the many different approaches and tools in European education systems provides important insights for education and integration practitioners, researchers and decision-makers alike.
Integrating students from migrant backgrounds is relevant across the EU: these students tend to perform less well in school than their native-born peers and often experience a weaker sense of well-being.
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: “Students from migrant backgrounds face significant challenges, as the Commission frequently highlights in its assessment of Member States’ social and economic priorities. Education has a critical role in promoting their integration, creating a sense of belonging around common values and encouraging them to become active members of our societies.
The report is a valuable contribution as it shows what EU Member States are doing to ensure that all students across Europe reach their full potential.” To help Member States facilitate the integration of students from migrant backgrounds, the EU supports a wide range of actions. These include policy cooperation and bringing policymakers and stakeholders together so they can share success stories and learn from each other – including through the Sirius independent policy network on migrant education. The EU also offers funding opportunities through the Erasmus+ programme.
A recent EU study using data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that migrant students achieve better academic results when they are integrated and expect to perform well.