Education is a powerful tool for integrating refugees and other newly arrived migrants into European societies. But among the many successes, there are also challenges.
In general, children with a migrant background do less well in school, leaving them more vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion, and at risk of unemployment or low-skilled jobs later in life. Newly arrived young migrants need special support – with language learning, a swift start in school, or recognition of their skills and qualifications. And schools and teachers also need support to adapt to new realities.
Many useful initiatives are happening across Europe. The Sirius 2.0 policy network for education of children and young people with a migrant background will help the Commission better support the Member States, by initiating new ideas, gathering and evaluating evidence of what works, and sharing good practice across Europe. The network is set to run until 2020.
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