Work programme 2015-2018
Opportunities in Education for Refugees in Europe: Reviewing Research and Good Practices
The University of Bergamo will host a Seminar on Opportunities in Education for Refugees in Europe: Reviewing Research and Good Practices organized by the Inclusive Education Network of the European Educational Research Association.
The tragic events related to the recent increased wave of migrants arriving in Europe fleeing from war or hard living conditions, have revealed the profound economic and social factors that give rise to the phenomenon of mass migration. Both the sheer number of people escaping hardship and danger and the different types of countries involved highlight the permanent character of these migratory movements. This situation confronts us with the need to make choices that go beyond the current inadequate and unsteady emergency plans and implement systematic policies for resettlement and inclusion on a broader societal level. Promoting systematic inclusion policies means recognizing that the arrival of migrants and refugees, many of whom are children, is a challenge and a great educational opportunity for the European school systems.
Even though a large body of literature on the social inclusion of refugees is available today, investigation into refugee children and their education remains relatively underdeveloped, especially in relation to the implementation of school-based interventions and programmes. Currently, research and good practice in this field have been mainly developed within the boundaries of national educational politics and policies, addressing distinct populations. This fragmentation has stood in the way of a systematic analysis of the question at the European level, which is a necessary condition for the advancement of successful educational interventions that might measure up to the current size of the phenomenon. The seminar will systematically compare and discuss the growing, but still disjointed, body of knowledge that is emerging from European countries.
The seminar will be divided into two sessions:
- in the morning, invited speakers from Austria, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and UK will present a report of the current situation and future prospect of refugee education in their country;
- in the afternoon, contributions from researchers and schools, selected through the call for paper process, will be presented during parallel sessions chaired by young researchers or PhD students from university partners.
The European Educational Research Association (EERA) membership is made up of more than 30 national and regional Educational Research Associations from all parts of Europe. The academic work is organised in thematic networks, such as the Inclusive Eductation Network.
The aim of the ‘European Educational Research Association’ (EERA) is to further high quality educational research for the benefit of education and society. High quality research not only acknowledges its own context but also recognises wider, transnational contexts with their social, cultural and political similarities and differences. The association’s activities, such as the annual conference, season schools for emerging researchers and publishing, build on and promote free and open dialogue and critical discussion and take a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to theory, methods and research ethics.