How do the various EU countries work to promote the integration of students with a migrant background in primary and upper secondary school? How is their schooling organised? What guidelines exist to promote students’ language development, learning and well-being? This year’s first Eurydice report ”Integrating Students from Migrant Backgrounds into Schools in Europe” compares 42 European education systems.

The first part of the report is a comparative analysis of the countries’ overall strategies and initiatives for students with a migrant background. The second part of the report provides a deeper analysis of integration politics in 10 selected education systems, including the Swedish.

The report contains many examples of how various EU countries are working with students with a migrant background. For example, you can read about the rights and responsibilities these students have in Denmark, how newly arrived students’ knowledge is mapped in Spain, which countries besides Sweden have a curriculum for home language instruction, how intercultural teaching is viewed in France and Germany, and what support teachers and principals receive for work with integration.

Report sources

The report is based on policy documents from 42 European education systems, current research literature, and statistical analyses. The report uses a wide definition of students with a migrant background, defining them as newly arrived, first and second generation, and returning children and young people.  Both their background and legal status can vary in the report. They can be citizens, residents, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors or undocumented. They may have been in the country a short or longer period of time and may or may not have the right to participate in the country’s formal education system. They have immigrated either from another EU country or from a country outside the EU. 

Eurydice explains education systems in Europe

The Eurydice network’s task is to explain how education systems are organised in Europe and how they work. Through its work, Eurydice promotes understanding, cooperation, trust and mobility at the international level. The network is comprised of national units in European countries and is coordinated by the EU Commission. The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) is the national unit for the Eurydice network in Sweden.

For more information, contact:

Madelen Charysczak and Linnea Möller, analysts, International Research and Analysis Unit in Visby.

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