Integrating refugee and asylum-seeking children in the educational systems of EU Member States
On 1 September 2010, the Center of the Study of Democracy, a think tank based in Bulgaria, launched the project 'Integrating Refugee and Asylum-seeking Children in the Educational Systems of EU Member States: Evaluation and Promotion of Current Best Practices' (INTEGRACE). The objective of INTEGRACE is to promote the educational integration of refugee and asylum-seeking children in the EU through developing common standards and sharing best practices in programme development and evaluation, with specific focus on vulnerable groups (i.e. victims of crime).
This handbook presents the research and findings of the INTEGRACE project. The project conducted a review of the best practices in the educational integration of refugee and asylum-seeking children in thirty-two countries: the twenty-six EU Member States participating in the European Refugee Fund, as well as Denmark, Norway, and four Western Balkan states (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina).
This review enabled the researchers to make generalisations on the overall developments in policy and practice in the EU. The handbook also presents country reports for some of the countries reviewed. The country reports’ main focus is to illustrate examples of successful practices in the educational integration of refugee and asylum-seeking children.
The handbook also presents an innovative methodology for “mirror” evaluations, which are aimed at identifying key conditions that facilitate replication in new environments of best practices in the educational integration of refugee and asylum-seeking children.