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Lagadikia, Greece - August 25, 2016 | Image credit: verve231, iStock
Lagadikia, Greece - August 25, 2016 | Image credit: verve231, iStock

Education for inclusion: promoting the rights of migrants and refugees

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Education is a human right yet is it out of reach for millions of refugees and migrants across the world. Be it in camps along the way or in their new host countries, displaced children and young people face innumerable hurdles in accessing education.

Migrant and refugee teachers also face often unsurmountable barriers. Despite being highly skilled and experienced, many migrant and refugee teachers are not given the opportunity to practice their profession in their host country.

We advocate for inclusive education systems and school communities where migrants and refugees feel welcome and all students can learn together and reach their full potential. For this to happen, governments must support educators so that they can help each and every student to truly thrive.

We also call for the accreditation and recognition of the qualifications of foreign qualified teachers, to allow them to pursue their teaching career following displacement or migration.

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Educators are mobilising for the rights of migrants and refugees. Join us!

9 December 2020

Education for inclusion – what can educators and their unions do

  1. Equity and inclusion

    Promoting integration of migrants and refugees in and through education: Toolkit

    10 December 2018

    Education unions are defending the right to learn and to teach of newcomers. They develop advocacy to promote more inclusive schools in the context of increasingly diverse communities and in reaction to the rise of populist anti-immigration political forces. These strategies and practical actions are now compiled in a new...

    Promoting integration of migrants and refugees in and through education: Toolkit
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  2. Equity and inclusion

    How to use our toolkit on promoting the integration of migrants and refugees in and through education

    10 November 2018

    Do you want to know more about migration and education? How do you include refugees and newcomers in your classroom? How can you help promote inclusion in society through education? Check our video-tutorial, based on our toolkit for educators.

Our work to promote inclusion in education for migrants and refugees

  1. Standards and working conditions 18 May 2022

    Governments must uphold migrant workers’ rights, access to justice and decent work

    Education International has joined other Global Union Federations in pushing the world’s governments to fully implement the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) formally endorsed by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2018. They aim to ensure the GCM adheres to human and labour rights standards,...

    Read more Governments must uphold migrant workers’ rights, access to justice and decent work
  2. Equity and inclusion 10 May 2022

    Ukraine: Education unions, national and local authorities, and international organisations mobilise to ensure access to education for all refugee students

    Education unions from Ukraine and other European countries, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, local authorities in neighbouring countries, and international organisations came together in Warsaw on May 3 and 4, to step up collaboration to ensure that education continues for all Ukrainian refugee students. Since the beginning...

    Read more Ukraine: Education unions, national and local authorities, and international organisations mobilise to ensure access to education for all refugee students
  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2 May 2022

    Hungary: Union defending the rights of members while welcoming Ukrainian refugees

    The Teachers' Democratic Union of Hungary (PDSZ) has been proactive this year in its actions to ensure quality inclusive education. It has also led various initiatives to help Ukrainian refugees coming into the country.

    Read more Hungary: Union defending the rights of members while welcoming Ukrainian refugees
  4. Equity and inclusion 11 March 2022

    Protecting the rights and dignity of all refugees

    Joint EI-ETUCE statement on Ukraine's refugee crisis

    The global turmoil of recent decades causing crises, conflicts, and wars and the consequences of climate change worldwide have led to millions of individuals fleeing their countries in search of safety and shelter.

    Read more Protecting the rights and dignity of all refugees
  5. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 17 February 2022

    Promoting the rights, dignity, and agency of migrants for an inclusive recovery

    In the lead-up to the first-ever International Migration Review Forum taking place later in the spring, to assess progress on the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the second report of the Secretary-General is a reminder of the impact the pandemic and natural disasters...

    Read more Promoting the rights, dignity, and agency of migrants for an inclusive recovery
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Publications and resources

  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

    Education of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Context of COVID-19: The Education for Life Project in Uganda and South Sudan

    15 March 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated education systems, communities, and economies across Africa and globally. The health crisis has seriously affected the education, health and well-being of refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Uganda, South Sudan and across the continent.

    Education of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Context of COVID-19: The Education for Life Project in Uganda and South Sudan
    1. The Education for Life Project in Uganda and South Sudan
    2. Lições do Projeto de Educação para a Vida no Uganda e Sul do Sudão
  2. Equity and inclusion

    Promoting integration of migrants and refugees in and through education: Toolkit

    10 December 2018

    Education unions are defending the right to learn and to teach of newcomers. They develop advocacy to promote more inclusive schools in the context of increasingly diverse communities and in reaction to the rise of populist anti-immigration political forces. These strategies and practical actions are now compiled in a new...

    Promoting integration of migrants and refugees in and through education: Toolkit
    1. Download
  3. Equity and inclusion

    Education: Hope for newcomers in Europe

    Nihad Bunar
    28 February 2018

    The aim of this volume is to bring together experiences from four European countries, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden, on how they have organised the reception of newly-arrived children in their schools, which challenges they face, what are the opportunities, where the support comes from and it has failed to...

    Education: Hope for newcomers in Europe
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  4. Equity and inclusion

    The journey of hope: Education for refugee and unaccompanied children in Italy

    Sonia Grigt
    30 November 2017

    The Italian legal framework provides a high level of protection for asylum-seeking and unaccompanied minors and a noticeably inclusive approach concerning the integration of these children into the education system. That said, recent developments of the immigration legal framework concerning unaccompanied minors and its impact on the fulfilment of their...

    The journey of hope: Education for refugee and unaccompanied children in Italy
    1. The journey of hope
    2. Il viaggio della speranza
  5. Equity and inclusion

    Spain: Hope through diversity

    Begoña López Cuesta
    29 November 2017

    Spanish legislation provides for the right of refugees to education and international protection. In practice, however, the absence of a legal framework and institutional infrastructure specifically designed to identify the needs of this target group and provide an appropriate response runs counter to this formal recognition.

    Spain: Hope through diversity
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