Webinar - Integration of newcomers in and through education

Since the 2000s, the integration of foreign-born students has become a topical issue as OECD-PISA surveys seemed to indicate they lag behind in terms of performance. As a consequence, some countries have launched educational reforms to promote academic success of their migrant youth. More recently, the EU has recognized the importance of education in integration measures, as exemplified by inclusive education and training being the first area of priority identified in the Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027. 

The importance of classrooms and other educational settings in newcomers’ integration processes is well-documented. Learning about the host community, its language, or developing academic and life skills are crucial moments in migrant and refugee children, youth and adults’ lives. On the other hand, an educated, and well-informed citizenry forms an indispensable part of a democratic society. We will therefore start our webinar with a reflection on integration in formal, non-formal and informal education, looking at challenges and opportunities around the access of newcomers to education and their possibility for academic achievement.  

Just as evidenced by literature and practices, is the importance of cross-cultural settings in building a long-term sense of common belonging between the host community and the newcomers. This will take our conversation to the question of integration through education, looking at the role of learning environments in building cohesive, intercultural societies, acting both on newcomers and host societies.  

The discussion will be enriched by insights from civil society working to provide access to education to children displaced by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and will end with a conversation on the methodology used to measure educational outcomes.

You can find the programme below or download it as an attachment on the right. You can register here.

Please note that you will be able to listen to the webinar and take the floor both in English or in Spanish.

Speakers in this webinar will:  

  • Discuss instruments and initiatives to support the access of migrants and refugees to formal, informal and non-formal education, identifying strengths, shortcomings and ways forward  

  • Showcase and highlight innovative practices for ensuring migrants and refugees’ inclusion in and through education in Europe 

  • Build on their expertise and results from the SPRING project to reflect on the adequacy and inclusiveness of common indicators to measure integration 


You can contact Julie Martinaud (julie.martinaud@solidar.org) for any question.

This webinar is organised in the framework of the SPRING project on Sustainable Practices of Integration, funded by the European Unions’ Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Views expressed during this webinar will not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the European Commission.