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SIRIUS is a European Policy Network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background. The project runs over a 3 year period (2012-2014) and is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. Network partners include research centres, universities, civil society organisations and public entities. SIRIUS integrates existing studies and reports on migrant education, updates data, and hope to transform the policy implementation on migration and education throughout the European Union.


European Alliance for Apprenticeships launched
The European Alliance for Apprenticeships was created in order to help to fight youth unemployment by improving the quality and supply of apprenticeships across the EU through a broad partnership of key employment and education stakeholders. It also seeks to change attitudes to apprenticeships. It will in particular identify the most successful apprenticeship schemes in the EU and apply appropriate solutions in each Member State.


What can policy makers do when schools become weak, sometimes too weak, to fulfil their purpose? Especially in highly decentralised systems, where schools enjoy high levels of autonomy, policy interventions to help improve the learning situations for students can be particularly difficult to implement. A new case study on The Netherlands for the OECD project “Governing Complex Education Systems (GCES)” shows that a timely, risk-based assessment of schools can help to significantly lower the number of weak schools.


Le Réseau National de Lutte Contre les Discriminations à l’Ecole est né de la volonté d’acteurs de terrain qui ont amorcé un travail sur la discrimination dans le champ scolaire et qui se sont retrouvés dans un séminaire organisé par l’Institut Français de l’Education sur le partenariat éducatif dans les territoires prioritaires. Ils ont décidé de s’engager dans une mise en réseau plus structurée de leur travail sur cette question en s’appuyant sur une coordination de l’IFé, et un financement de l’ACSé pour qui cette thématique est une priorité.


Migrant families living in Ireland have won an important educational concession, winning the right to be treated the same as any Irish student entering third level education. The decision by the Department of Education and Skills to regularise fees means that Leaving Cert students legally living in Ireland who have an Irish or EU passport will only pay the standard registration fee, €2,500 this year, rather than the €10,000 to €12,000 paid by international students.


10 July 2013
On July 1st two new bills on the rights of undocumented migrants became effective. Firstly, children of undocumented migrants now have a right to attend primary and secondary school. Many children of undocumented migrants are already attending school, because most schools accept them as pupils, but now they have a legal right to go to school. Secondly, the County Councils now have an obligation to offer subsidized health care to undocumented migrants.


Have you had a look at the videos on SIRIUS TV? This section offers a collection of videos from Youtube, Vimeo and Dailymotion that deal with different aspects of migrant education. Some recently posted videos include:

SIRIUS events

Portugal - 26 July 2013
Italy - 25 September 2013
Estonia - 26 September 2013
Croatia - 3 October 2013
Spain - 4 October 2013
Belgium (Flanders region) - 4 October 2013
Norway - 15 October 2013
Cyprus - 18 October 2013

European Stakeholder Meetings
Brussels, 13 September 2013:
EC study on Newly Arrived Migrant Children
Brussels, 27 September 2013:
Promoting Multilingualism among immigrants

Thematic Workshops
The Hague, 9 October:
1. Segregation & Integration in Education
2. Transitions in School Careers
Vilnius, 21-22 November:
Approaches towards comprehensive Language Support

SIRIUS General Meeting
The Hague, 10-11 October

SIRIUS Document

The main purpose of the paper is to provide members of the Sirius network as well as all interested parties a concise overview of current state of knowledge on implementation of policies and measures affecting educational opportunities and success of migrant children. The report aims to highlight their significance for reaching the EU objectives on reducing the number of early school leavers and low achievers, on improving key competences and skills, and on addressing youth unemployment and social exclusion.

Good practices

Three relevant good practices were uploaded on the European Web Site on Integration recently: (1) Committed to Integration ; (2) German in the Park ; (3) Together is Better.
1) The Committed to Integration project in Erfurt (Germany) bring young migrants and their families together with the public and schools to ensure the successful integration of young migrant children in society and encourage them in their future prospects.
2) German in the Park allows migrants in Vienna (Austria) to learn German in an informal environment. Open to people of all ages, this fun way to learn helps to improve the learners’ self-esteem by offering them a positive language learning experience.  
3) The Together is Better project encourages school pupils to reflect on prejudices and value the presence of third country nationals in Luxembourg, based on a pedagogical theatre piece and workshops.
The Italian Migrants Integration Portal has also identified a number of good practices around Italy.


Participation of young people in education and the labour market - Statistics explained
Eurostat have recently published an article on the complex interplay between education and labour market participation in the European Union (EU) and its Member States, supplementing a companion article on youth unemployment. In the case of young people, participation in education and in the labour market interact in complex ways going beyond a straightforward one-way transition from school to work.


The scientific department of the Expert Council for Integration and Migration has published a study concerning the extent and the consequences of educational segregation in German schools. The learning conditions at schools with a high segregation extent are disadvantageous. But: The proportion of pupils with an immigrant background at one school alone has no negative impact on the performance of the pupils. Their social background and performance level are decisive. The study presents recommendations for action to increase the learning possibilities in segregated schools.
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