In the context of the EU-funded project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education”, ETUCE requires a contactor providing an external and objective scientific perspective and expertise on effective measures to support the integration of migrants and refugees in education.

The Directorate General Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has published a study aimed at mapping and analysing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Free Digital Learning (FDL) for the inclusion of migrants and refugees. The study has so far created an online catalogue of MOOCs which are separated in to the following categories:

At its recent General Assembly meeting, the SIRIUS Network voted to accept an application from ETUCE to become a full member. The SIRIUS Network, founded in March 2017, brings together 20 national and EU stakeholders active in refugee and migrant education. The network has the following objectives:

The Eurydice network of the DG Education of the European Commission has now published its report on Citizenship Education at School in Europe. The important role of teachers is highlighted within the report, stating that “The training and support provided to them is [therefore] central to the effective implementation of citizenship education”. One of the main findings of the report is that in most European countries national curricula tend to be broad in scope in regards to the four competencies: Interacting effectively and constructively with others; thinking critically; acting in a socially responsible manner; and acting democratically.

On the occasion of the International Migrant Day (18 December), the European Commission released a  joint statement  together with the United Nations. The 2016 ETUCE resolution on ‘Education Trade Unions on the Refugee Situation in Europe: Promoting Education as the Key to  Integration and Inclusion’, affirms education as a fundamental human right. States ought to take the necessary measures to ensure the accessibility of primary, secondary and tertiary education, which comprises colleges and universities to ensure that migrants and refugees are integrated into mainstream education facilities and have access to all ordinary education schemes.

Today, 18 December 2017, on International Migrants Day, ETUCE is pleased to announce the kick-off of the joint ETUCE and EFEE project ‘European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education’. The project, co-funded by the European Commission, and carried out from 2017 to 2019, is a direct answer from education social partners to the crisis of migrants and refugees, and the ensuing deprivation of access to quality education for migrants and refugees.