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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.


General Network meetings have taken place in Barcelona (I and II), Zagreb and soon The Hague (10-11 October 2013).

National Round Tables have taken place in Latvia (14 May 2013) and Lithuania (14 June 2013), and more are planned in Portugal (July 2013), Italy (25 September 2013), Estonia (26 September 2013), Spain (4 October 2013), Norway (15 October 2013) and Cyprus (18 October 2013). A Regional Round Table for Flanders will also take place on 4 October 2013.

SIRIUS has been introduced to the main stakeholders on migration and education based in Brussels, and there will be additional stakeholder meetings on topics relating to the the various Work Packages throughout 2013. In order to participate in these, please contact 

This year, SIRIUS has spoken at the ETEN conference (Hasselt, Belgium, 25-27 April 2013), the European Integration Forum (Brussels, 4-5 June 2013) and the EPNoSL Peer Learning Activity (Jyväskylä, Finland, 10-11 June 2013).


As of 1st July 2013, Croatia is the European Union's 28th Member State. However, Croatia already forms part of the SIRIUS Network, with three partners: the Forum for Freedom in Education and the Education and Teacher Training Agency as national partners, and the Network of Education Policy Centers as collaborative partners.
Apart from organising the 3rd General Meeting of the SIRIUS Network in Zagreb in April 2013, Croatia has also been included in the SIRIUS reports on policy implementation analysis and the professional capacity in schools as regards education for migrant children.

Good practices

Three relevant good practices were uploaded on the European Web Site on Integration recently: (1) Bakhita Plus ; (2) Saba Sista - Abla Brotha - Abi Diversity Mentoring ; (3) Portfolio of Integration .
The Bakhita Plus project provides special services to unaccompanied minor immigrants in Slovakia by offering psychological help, Slovak language classes and social activities.
The Saba Sista - Abla Brotha mentoring project aims to empower and strengthen young students with a migration background on their way to higher education. It supports and encourages the students at this precarious intersection in the educational system.
Portfolio Of Integration aims to help teachers extend their intercultural and pedagogical expertise in order to help migrant young people to integrate more effectively in the classroom, school and wider ‘host’ society.

SIRIUS Documents

The SIRIUS Network has produced a range of documents dealing with different aspects of migrant education which are available on the SIRIUS website.

The SIRIUS position paper clarifies the common vision, mission and aims of the Network.

Implementing Policies and Networking: This Work Package has produced a comparative report on national policy implementation processes 
based on National Focus Groups that took place in 2012.

Improving Interactions in the Classroom: The results of a survey carried out for this Work Package can be found in a report on the policy measures in SIRIUS countries aimed at improving the professional capacity in schools.

Involving the Community in Education: A brochure on mentoring was prepared by the European Network for Education Support Projects.


Refugee children in Polish schools
This book (in Polish) is dedicated to the issue of inclusion of refugee children in Polish schools. Good practices from selected EU countries and Polish schools are outlined, followed by statistical data on refugee children in Polish schools. 


Kinder mit Migrationshintergrund besuchen seltener eine Krippe als Kinder ohne Migrationshintergrund. Doch nicht alle Eltern entscheiden sich bewusst dafür, ihr Kind im Alter von ein oder zwei Jahren zuhause zu erziehen. Über zwei Drittel der Eltern nehmen die Möglichkeit der Betreuung in der Krippe oder der Kindertagespflege nicht in Anspruch, weil ihnen der Zugang zu einem Betreuungsplatz durch Hürden erschwert wird. 


Child poverty and well-being: Spotlight on the situation of migrant children in Cyprus and the EU
PICUM's report 'Child poverty and well-being: Spotlight on the situation of migrant children in Cyprus and the EU' outlines the specific vulnerabilities of migrant children and relevant good practices, in order to inform developments on both European and national levels.
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