Migration and refugees
Education is a fundamental human right and is essential for the exercise of all other human rights. In the context of the so-called “refugee crisis“, several of our members and partners have taken open positions, calling institutions and the general public to adopt an open approach that reflects the values enshrined in EU Treaties, namely solidarity, tolerance, and respect for human dignity. Although Member States have come to an agreement, they have to be prepared to welcome more and more refugees in the coming months.
The LLLPlatform calls for a consistent implementation of the Reception Conditions Directive throughout Europe. This Directive sets out common minimum standards in the Member States for the reception of people applying for international protection. The LLL Platform also welcomed the announced focus on refugees and migrants in the upcoming Skills Agenda.
More generally, the increasing diversity in our societies is not well reflected in our education systems. De facto segregation of migrant children in urban schools exists in many European countries. This phenomenon is only a part of large-scale social inequalities which are pushing an increasing number of (young) people to the margins of society. Giving access to quality education to all is the only way to build cohesive societies.