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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.

SIRIUS Event Report

Thematic Workshop: Segregation and Integration in Education
9 October 2013
The workshop was organised by the Dutch National Knowledge Centre for Mixed Schools to exchange experiences and enable a dialogue between policymakers, researchers and educational practitioners. Around 25 education and migration professionals participated from 9 European countries and some international organisations. They shared experiences, discussed dilemmas and pitfalls, and formulated policy recommendations on segregation and integration in education. 

SIRIUS Interviews

Highlighting the work of immigrant grassroot organisations across Europe working toward inclusive education in order to empower them and raise awareness of their activities.

Austria: From Migrants for Migrants (MiMi)
Croatia: Kali Sara Roma Association
Latvia: Association Shelter Safe House
Lithuania: Arab Community and Centre PLUSTolerant Youth Association


The Eurydice Network Report presents a focused comparative analysis of national responses to the Europe 2020 priorities in the field of education and training. It concentrates on recent and forthcoming national reforms across several thematic areas that have a direct relevance to the Europe 2020 strategy: early school leaving, higher education, youth employment and vocational education and training and lifelong learning.


This report presents the main conclusions and lessons learnt by the Thematic Working Group on early school leaving. It aims to inspire and generate the development of a comprehensive approach to ESL. The report includes a checklist as a tool for self-assessment. The checklist is for countries, regions or local authorities who are developing or implementing policies to reduce ESL. They could use it to evaluate current policies and to help identify areas for further improvement.

Upcoming Event

Brussels, 31 January 2014: Teaching History for Democratic Citizenship: How does History Education Contribute to Social Cohesion and Respect for Diversity Today
Network of Education Policy Centers, EUROCLIO and their partners, the Danish History Teachers Association, the Latvian Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS and Orava Association for Democratic Citizenship in Slovakia, will present interim results of the European project Making History Work for Tolerance: A Research-Based Strategy to Reduce the Intolerant Usage of History Teaching in the EU. 

Good practices

Three relevant good practices were uploaded on the European Web Site on Integration this month: (1) Counselling for immigrants; (2) Danish library centre for integration and (3) Hello Sweden!
Counselling for immigrants in the adult education guidance centre Novo Mesto (Slovenia) offers free information and counselling on issues related to adult education and adult learning.
The Danish library centre for integration (Denmark) addresses the issue of providing the necessary knowledge on and service to Public libraries in connection to ethnic minorities and their needs in relation to activities, books, music etc.
Hello Sweden! works to combat and prevent bullying and the violation of children’s rights in Swedish schools. Together with UNHCR, they have put together campaign material that is intended for pupils and class teachers in secondary schools in Sweden (School years 7-9).


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:
Press conference "Bildung, Migration, Milieu" (German)
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