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Fighting school segregation in Europe through inclusive education

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This position paper authored by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights analyses the causes of school segregation experienced by refugee children and children with a migrant background across Europe. It highlights that they are often taught in schools with a disproportionately high presence of other migrant children and that schools and teachers are often "left alone, with wide powers of discretion but few resources or requirements to address the specific learning needs of migrant pupils."

Besides identifying the main causes of segregation, the paper also includes a chapter on the key principles for an inclusive education policy. The publication ends with a comprehensive chapter on conclusions and recommendations in order to move towards inclusive education. The commissioner recommends, among other things, ensuring a comprehensive legal prohibition of discrimination, adopting a school desegregation strategy or raising awareness of inclusive education.

Source: Council of Europe