The Road to Integration

Education and Migration

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Migration has been at the centre of policy debates across the OECD in recent years. This synthesis report identifies eight pillars of policy-making that the Strength through Diversity project has revealed to be crucial if education systems to effectively support newcomers. For each pillar, the report details a set of principles driving the design and implementation of system-level policies and school-level practices. The eight pillars are: 1. consider the heterogeneity of immigrant populations, 2. develop approaches to promote the overall well-being of immigrants, 3. address the unique needs of refugee students, 4. ensure that motivation translates into a key asset for immigrant communities, 5. organise resources to reduce the influence of socio-economic status on the outcomes of immigrants, 6. provide comprehensive language support, 7. build the capacity of teachers to deal with diversity, and 8. break down barriers to social cohesion while ensuring effective service delivery.



Conclusions and next steps

This chapter discusses how diversity arising from international migration is just one form of diversity that teaching and support staff in schools, school leaders, education policy makers but also employers, trainers and community members more widely encounter on a daily basis. Migration also often interacts with other forms of diversity. As such, education and training systems should work in coordination with other providers of social, welfare and medical support, but also with the wider civil society to ensure that each and every individual receives the best support to thrive in terms of skills development, as well as socially and emotionally.


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