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Upcoming Horizon 2020 call for proposals – Mapping and overcoming integration challenges for migrant children

Education systems face multiple challenges due to growing cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity and to socio-economic inequalities. This forthcoming Horizon 2020 funding call seeks to implement pilot actions for formal, informal and non-formal education solutions to address the integration challenges of children from recent migration cohorts, in particular children of refugees and asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors, including those residing in hotspots and reception centres.


The proposals should include actions with local schools, teaching programmes and organisations working with children (with or without migration backgrounds) and focus not only on formal educational settings but also on informal social and learning environments. Proposals should address at least three of the following dimensions:

  • Governance and funding of education institutions
  • Funding of integration actions targeting children
  • Roles and attitudes of families
  • Gender aspects
  • Communities
  • Civil society organisations and local service providers
  • Preparedness of schools and teaching staff
  • Practices for language learning and use of native languages alongside the language used at school

Proposals should develop and implement actions which can be adapted, rescaled and reproduced in different environments according to local/regional needs and involve stakeholders from public administrations, civil society, migrants and the host community from an early stage.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately, though selected proposals may request other amounts.

Expected impact

The actions will inform policymakers, families, teachers and other stakeholders on effective practices for integrating migrant children in schools and society, as well as practices for developing more inclusive schools. Projects will enhance synergies and cooperation amongst these actors for the uptake of innovative practices, monitoring and data collection and the identification of research gaps.

The planned opening date for this call is 5 November 2019 and the deadline will be 12 March 2020 at 17:00 Brussels time. More information about this call, including eligibility and other conditions, can be found on the European Commission’s funding and tender opportunities website.