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Education and migrants

Overview

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.

What is being done?

The European Commission facilitates the exchange of good practices on the integration of migrants and funds relevant projects across the different levels of education:

  • Higher Education
  • Schools education and migrants
  • Adult education

Higher education for migrants

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.

School education for migrants

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.

Adult education for migrants

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.

  • Learning a language is often the first step towards becoming part of a new country, culture and community. Helping migrants speak the local language is vital for their entry into the job market.
  • Adult learning is crucial for migrants as they may require different skills from those that they used in their countries of origin for their new careers. It can also help equip people working with migrants with intercultural awareness and competences, easing the integration process for everyone involved.