Education plays a crucial role in helping migrants and refugees settle in new countries and environments. From language learning to the recognition of qualifications, education is a part of the solution throughout the integration process. Equally, education institutions and organisations can benefit from guidance and good practices on how to tailor the provision of education for migrants.
The European Commission facilitates the exchange of good practices on the integration of migrants and funds relevant projects across the different levels of education:
Supporting the efforts of EU countries to integrate refugees in Europe's education systems and ensure their skills development is an urgent task in the light of the current migration crisis. Many initiatives are already taking place in EU countries. The European Commission can bring added value by sharing these initiatives and by offering support through its programmes.
Schools across Europe are seeing a rise in the number of children born and raised in a different country. This can place strain on language teaching capacity and many immigrant children lag behind in academic achievement. In fact, students born outside the EU are twice as likely to leave school early. At the same time, increased diversity is an opportunity to make schools more inclusive, creative and open-minded.
Education at all levels is a key part of the integration process for migrants. Two areas of particular importance are language learning and adult learning.