Dear reader,

My name is Isabela Câmara Salim and I am honored to be the newly appointed Sirius Head of Secretariat since the previous one, Flavia Buiarelli, has embraced a new professional challenge. We wish Flavia the best of luck and success.I am very happy to have this great opportunity to work within Sirius with so many valuable organisations active in education and migration.

In the past months, SIRIUS and its partners faced several challenges and opportunities. A very important step forward was taken with the constitution of SIRIUS – Policy Network on Migrant Education as a Belgian not for profit association. The signature of the constitutive act was effectuated last December and I am happy to announce that Sirius became a formal legal entity as of March 16th.

I am also glad to inform that Sirius is organising this Spring the annual gathering of all its members and partners. This meeting in Brussels will be also the occasion to continue our work on education for refugee pupils.

This Newsletter intends to bring useful information on Refugee education which is a topic that has been gaining relevance recently and more attention on the political agenda. It also contains other information we think can be of interest for your work. We hope this will be useful and that you will want to share with us your work. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any valuable report, research, study that you want to share.

Warm regards,


Refugee children in education in Europe. How to prevent a lost generation?  
By Prof. Maurice Crul - VU University Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam

Where refugee children end up and (re-)enter education largely determines their future opportunities. Countries pursue hugely different models to incorporate minors under international protection into their school system, from giving access to all school levels according to pupils’ capabilities, to largely streaming pupils into vocational levels, or placing them into a parallel school system. This recent SIRIUS Policy Brief draws lessons from a comparison of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Turkey, and identifies major arrangements that affect school success: free of costs pre-school places to learn the second language early; sustained second language programs from pre-school until upper-secondary school; short introductory classes, after which students are immersed into regular classes; additional support teachers to follow up on children’s needs; and direct access to English-language university programmes. In particular, education should be available also after compulsory schooling, to avoid the highly disruptive effect of stopping or only providing limited schooling to the 16+ age group.

Back to School: Responding to needs of newcomer refugee youth 

By Thomas Huddleston & Alexander Wolffhardt - Migration Policy Group

Refugee children and youth have specific needs that set them apart from other migrant pupils, and schools and teachers need to respond in a timely and adequate way. This MPG paper provides a detailed insight into the size, distribution and age structure of the minors who recently applied for, or received, international protection in Europe. The specific challenges for successfully integrating refugee children and youth in schools often correspond to unmet needs and education policy gaps in European countries. These challenges include prolonged insecurity due to long asylum procedures, problems with assessing previous attainments, need for catch-up education to make good time spent outside school, traumatization or a high share of unaccompanied minors above compulsory school age. The paper sketches out the strengths and weaknesses of migrant education policies across European countries and identifies success factors in national policies for newcomer pupils, such as appropriate assessment of prior learning, flexible pathways for late-arrivals and unaccompanied minors, teacher training, or community outreach and inclusion of parents in the educational process.

Crowd-funding campaign to provide 10 scholarships for refugee students

Odysseus Summer School is launching an amazing initiative on a crowd-funding campaign for refugees who will be able to attend the rich and diverse 2-week program on migration and asylum law this summer in Brussels. 
The Odysseus Academic Network – a network of experts in European immigration and asylum law from across Europe and coordinated by the Université libre de Bruxelles – plans to welcome refugee students to its 17th Annual Summer School, which will take place in Brussels from 3-14 July 2017. The objective of the project is to allow approximately 10 refugee students to gain knowledge in European immigration and asylum law and to further their education, which may have been interrupted by their departure. Their time in Brussels will allow them to discover the European capital and the European institutions, which will in turn aid their integration into Europe.

Find more information on the campaign here:


The European Commission Meeting of the EU school policy networks on the review of the Key Competences Framework in Brussels, on 04-05 April 2017.

The European Commission is holding a meeting on School policy networks on the review of the Key Competences Framework. The meeting will take place next April 4th and 5th in Brussels. 
The meeting will focus on the review of the Key Competences Framework, its strengths and shortcomings in view of the shifting educational and social landscape in Europe
  and discussions will be held on the description and understanding in the national context of the individual Key Competences as well as on Networks' contribution to the use, implementation, and assessment of the Key Competences Framework. All Sirius members have been invited to the meeting. We will keep you informed on the conclusions of the meeting - stay tuned!

Social Inclusion Through Education, Training and Youth

The European Commission has recently published a call for proposals in Social Inclusion through Education, Training and Youth. The Key Action 3: Support for policy reform will support projects in the fields of education, training and youth, which aim at upscaling and disseminating innovative good practices falling under the scope of the Paris Declaration.

An application submitted under the present call must address mainly one of the two following general objectives, which should be indicated in the application form:
            1. Preventing violent radicalisation and promoting democratic  
                values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active
            2. Fostering the inclusion of disadvantaged learners, including persons
                with a migrant background, while preventing and combating
                discriminatory practices.

Deadline to submit: 22 May 2017

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