The SIREE project aims to improve the social and economic integration of refugees by increasing their involvement in the educational process and increasing their economic independence by stimulating self-employment. In doing so, the project responds to the needs arising from the recent influx of refugees in Europe. The 2 Seas region (France, the Netherlands, England and Belgium) is grappling with the challenges of integrating these families into both the educational and economic fabric. The regional school systems fail to integrate correctly the children, who are characterized by missed school years and confronted with a new education system. There is also a limited involvement of the parents and limited support for the teachers.
The project will address the societal challenge of social exclusion by improving access to education and self-employment through the method of co-creation. In education, across the different partners, 40 new learning communities will be merged, resulting in more parental involvement in children's education, more children in school, more influx into adult education, better-trained teachers to support refugees, 50 new independent entrepreneurs and 4 new networks to support and develop entrepreneurship.
The project is an Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.