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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.



  • Lifelong learning and local communities at the heart of integration and inclusion

    In a world where mobility and migration are a key factor of our societies, the inclusion of newcomers remains a priority. The European Commission launched an open public consultation to gather inputs on the issue of integration and inclusion of migrants and people with a migrant background, for which the LLLPlatform has submitted an entry.
    The Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) believes that education and lifelong learning have the unique potential to unlock human capacities, both individually and collectively; as such, we […]

  • The role of non-formal and informal learning in ensuring inclusive education

    Inclusiveness is one of the pillars of education: because of our core values, no education system can be considered successful without being inclusive. This is why efforts shall be made to make education as close to our idea of inclusiveness as possible, thriving to understand cultural and social differences without flattening them in a homogeneous maelstrom.

    In these efforts to ensure inclusiveness, a great emphasis shall be placed on the role of civil society organisations, non-formal education providers and other […]

  • Policy statement – Adapting European education systems to meet society’s challenges in an ever changing world

    LLLPlatform Statement – September 2017 – Download the Statement here
    Following its “Communication on improving and modernising education” (7 December 2016), the European Commission (EC) launched a new Youth initiative on schools and higher education named “Strategy for high quality, inclusive, and future-oriented education” on 30 May 2017. The package comprises two renewed EU agendas, one is about modernising education in schools and the other in higher education. Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) positively welcomes the initiatives and […]

  • Refugee children in education in Europe: How to prevent a lost generation?

    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 […]

  • Civil Society Prize: Outstanding Initiatives supporting Migrants’ Integration in Europe

    On 15 December, the EESC rewarded five initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and individuals, aimed at improving migrants’ lives and fostering their integration in society. The first prize was awarded to Artemisszió Foundation, a Hungarian NGO providing refugees with safe places to support their integration. The second prize was shared among four initiatives: Dionisis Arvanitakis, a Greek baker who bakes 100kg of bread for migrants every day; Sos Arrazakeria, a Spanish NGO that is helping migrant families to integrate into […]

  • New Position Paper: Integrating Refugees and Migrants through Education

    Since its creation, the Lifelong Learning Platform has always advocated for holistic and humanistic vision of education that builds inclusive societies and good quality lifelong learning opportunities for all people, as laid in the LLL Platform Manifesto as well. In this policy paper, the LLLPlatform calls on EU Member States and other relevant actors to take responsibility, respect international laws and ensure integration of refugees and migrants into host societies through lifelong learning!
    The Paper will be discussed on 11 […]

  • EAEA Debate: Adult Education and Migration

    On 28 September, EAEA will be hosting a debate on the role of adult education in the context of migration, the inclusion of refugees and migrants and how collaboration and cooperation on this issue across sectors can be improved. The debate will bring together political and civil society organisation representatives, researchers and learners. Find out more and register.

  • 2016 EESC Civil Society Prize – Migrants

    Applications for the 2016 Civil Society Prize are open. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will reward a project improving migrants’ lives and integration in Europe. Since 2006, the EESC has been rewarding initiatives undertaken by civil society organisations and/or individuals who contribute at all levels to promoting European integration. It is also a way for the EESC to raise awareness of civil society’s enormous amount of work and achievements. The winners (maximum 5) will share up to €50 000. The offical award ceremony will take place […]

  • Education as a tool for the economic integration of migrants

    This report of EENNE (European Expert Network on Economic of Education) examines the role of education in fostering the economic integration of immigrants. The publication looks at the educational attainment and considers how language skills affect the educational outcomes and the integration. The book investiga- tes the influence of the organization of schools and teachers. In the final section, they discuss if higher edu- cation can affect the attitudes of the native population towards immigrants and thereby favour their integration.

  • SIRIUS Recommendations for successful policies on migrant education

    This series of policy papers produced by experts from within the SIRIUS Network in collaboration with MPI Europe focuses on how policies at the EU level and within individual Member States can better support the education outcomes of young people with a migrant background. Among other things, the papers explore how to develop school capacity for diversity, how to integrate mentoring and support projects in educational landscapes etc.

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