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Enhancing socio-educational integration of refugee and migrant children through research

Insights from the H2020 IMMERSE and H2020 REFUGE-ED projects

Hosted by Member of the European Parliament Juan Fernando López Aguilar

6th November 2023, 14.00 – 17.30h CET
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Ixelles, Brussels

The successful integration of migrants, refugees, and their children is a pivotal element for the future well-being, prosperity, and social cohesion of European societies. Acknowledging this critical need, two influential Horizon 2020 projects, IMMERSE and REFUGE-ED, have come together to host a joint final conference.

IMMERSE has focused on co-creating a set of indicators, constructing an online digital database of best practices, conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection, and generating policy recommendations for the socioeducational integration of refugee and migrant children , while REFUGE-ED has promoted effective practices which have already proved to lead to social impact in education and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), like the Successful Educational Actions (F6 INCLUD-ED).

Both have generated new scientific knowledge through intense co-creation methodological approaches involving major stakeholders including migrant and refugee families and children. Together, these projects represent a comprehensive effort to inform the integration landscape in Europe based on research evidence. As Europe grapples with the challenges of integration, particularly for migrant and refugee children, this joint final conference represents a unique opportunity to consolidate efforts, share knowledge on already achieved impacts, and collectively work towards more inclusive and cohesive European societies.

Participants & Agenda

The IMMERSE & REFUGE-ED 2023 Final Conference brings together an array of stakeholders, including policymakers, educators, mental health professionals, researchers, practitioners, children, families, and civil society organizations, to collectively advance the cause of integration in Europe.

  • 14.00 h. Welcome: The event will kick off with introductions by each project coordinator:

    • Mercedes Fernández, PI H2020 IMMERSE   
    • Teresa Sordé, PI H2020 REFUGE-ED 
  • 14.10 h. Roundtable 1 – The socio-educational integration of migrant and refugee children in Europe: evidence from IMMERSE project.

    • Conductor: Mercedes Fernández 
    • Mercedes Fernández García (Comillas Pontificial University)  
    • Inmaculada Serrano Sanguilinda (Comillas Pontificial University)  
    • Isabel Muñoz (Comillas Pontificial University)
    • Andrés Fernández Alcázar (INETUM)   
    • Maria Daniella Marouda (Panteion University)  
    • Michela Lonardi (Save the Children Italy) 
  • 15.00 h. Coffee break

  • 15.15 h. Juan Fernando López Aguilar intervention: Chair of the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Union. Introduced by Teresa Sordé.

  • 15.45 h. Roundtable 2 – Evidence of social impact from the pilots: Successful Educational Actions and Mental Health and Psycho-social Support. REFUGE-ED project.

    • Conductor: Fréderique Vallières (Trinity College Dublin)  
    • Sarah Kate van der Walt (IFRC PS Centre)  
    • Chryssa Sotiriou (KMOP)  
    • Tiziana Chiappelli (UNIFI)   
    • Bilal Almobarak (Support Group Network)  
    • Benjamin Menendez (IES Alfonso II, Oviedo)  
  • 16.35 h. Common panel – Experiences of co-creation: a participatory and inclusive method IMMERSE and REFUGE-ED projects.

    • Conductor: Areti Vouraki (Regional Directorate of Primery and Secondary Education of Crete) 
    • Shirley Martin (University College Cork)   
    • Anna Krasteva (CERMES – New Bulgarian University)   
    • Farzana S. Islam (Active Citizen Europe)  
    • Adnan Abdul Ghani (Save the Children Sweden)  
  • 17.25 h. Closing by Emilia Aiello, KMC Chair H2020 REFUGE-ED (UAB).

  • 17.30 h. Coffee and Network

These projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 822536 and 101004717.The dissemination of results herein reflects only the authors’ view and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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