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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.

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Develop approaches to promote the overall well-being of immigrants

This chapter identifies the extent to which individuals with an immigrant background compare to those without - with regards to their levels of skills, but also in terms of their overall well‑being - using evidence from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the OECD Survey of Adult Skills. The chapter examines principles that can guide the design and implementation of policies and practices in education and training systems to support the overall well-being of immigrants and refugees.

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