During the past years, Greece, Italy and Spain faced one of the greatest migrant/refugee influxes. A large proportion of this population were children, some of whom were, in fact, unaccompanied minors, making their documentation difficult. This difficult situation has also consequences in the educational background of the children, as children with a migrant background tend to have lower educational performance and are more likely to leave school early than the native ones.
In this framework, there is an eminent need for these children’s integration in education, as the countries were not ready to incorporate them in the school environment. The European initiative Integrated – targeting the school professionals, TCN children and their parents- has launched its new comprehensive report, which records the existing situation in each country, the good practices and the key competences that school professionals should acquire in order to facilitate the TCN children integration in the educational system.
The main findings of the report highlight the fact that a holistic approach is needed, targeting TCN children, school professionals and TCN parents. Education plays a key role for the successful integration of TCN children in society and all relevant actors should have the opportunity to meet the emerged needs. Therefore, more trainings are required for teachers, as well as support should be provided to TCN children and their parents.
Read the summary report here: https://www.integrated-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/IntegratED_D1.5-Summary-Report_v2.0.pdf
Download the press release here.