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The SIRIUS newsletter is a unique source for monthly updates on migrant education news, events, and policy developments.

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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. Have a look at the SIRIUS brochure for more details.


Summarising its work over the past three years, the SIRIUS Network has developed a vision on migrant education and a set of policy recommendations that aims to promote a more inclusive education system and lead to a decrease in the achievement gap between pupils with and without a migrant background. On 29th September, Migration Policy Group brought together European stakeholders with the objective of finding a consensus on the vision and the recommendations. Stakeholders commented on the document from their viewpoint and concrete proposals were set forward in order to improve the reception of the document by national and EU level decision makers.
Written comments from stakeholders unable to attend will be welcome until 12th October. OBESSU, representing the European School Student Unions, has already given an open reply to the consultation.


According to the School Health Promotion Study, carried out by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), there are clear differences in the health and well-being of first-generation young immigrants when compared to young people in the general population or other young people with immigrant backgrounds. First-generation young immigrants find the school work environment poorer than other young people, and they have more difficulties with studies than others. 


A National Observatory for the integration of foreign students and interculturalism has been established by the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research.  It aims to identify solutions to implement effective integration policies in schools according to the real needs of an increasingly multicultural society and in constant transformation. 

National Meetings

Following on from previous national round tables in 2013, SIRIUS national meetings taking placing around Europe in 2014 will provide another opportunity to deepen the discussion on policy design and implementation according to national needs.

3: National meeting Portugal
15: National meeting Norway

17: National meeting Cyprus
21: National meeting Croatia
23: National meeting Ireland
24: National meeting Spain
28: National meeting The Netherlands

11: National meeting Bulgaria


Tallinn 23-24 October 2014: A trilateral meeting will take place with participants from Spain, Norway and Estonia in order to compare experiences on improved school and classroom interactions.


Brussels, 19-20 November 2014: The SIRIUS Network will hold a Conference on Helping Children and Youth with Migrant Background Succeed: Making schools matter for all to highlight successful strategies to effectively implement holistic education policies with targeted measures for migrant students on a systematic level. 

Good Practices

The European Web Site on Integration highlights a practice from Sweden, entitled Regional Community Information for Newcomers. The website is a guide that helps newcomers find information about how Swedish society works, including on education.
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