In the EU, approx. 10% of the population were born in a different country from the one in which they reside, 5% of whom are children under the age of 15. Although the pattern varies by EU Member State, children with a migrant background tend to have lower educational performance and are more likely to leave school early than children from a native background1. According to Eurostat data, young non-EU-born, over the 2008-15 period, had the highest early leaving rate from education of all population groups.

Paying specific attention to educational support for newly-arrived migrant children, a0n integrated approach to making a more inclusive education system, and specific measures targeting migrant children, aim to provide comprehensive support to eliminate the educational disadvantage they experience.


The general objective of the action is to “Strengthen the successful participation of newly arrived third-country national children in education and to contribute to the combatting of discrimination against third-country national children in the educational environment in Greece, Italy & Spain, and the EU in general”. This will be realized by:

  • Raising participation in education and the rate of attainment among third-country national children/youth
  • Supporting the academic performance of secondary education third-country national pupils
  • Enhancing the competences of teachers, school heads and staff
  • Facilitating and promoting the involvement of third-country national parents in their children’s school life
  • Improving the knowledge of third-country national pupils and their parents on the educations systems
  • Maintaining mother tongue & culture knowledge of third-country national pupils
  • Fostering exchange of experience & promote educational support model(s)
  • Raising public awareness on the role of education in promoting inclusive societies,

Promoting increased attention to diversity and inclusion in policy planning in education

Target groups

  • children/students & parents (incl. third-country national);
  • teachers and school staff; educational institutions/schools;
  • educational authorities and other relevant authorities at local/regional/national level;
  • policy makers;
  • civil society;
  • EU/international networks;

the media and the wider public.