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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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Introduction

This chapter reviews the resilience framework adopted in the context of the Strength through Diversity project and how education systems can use it to develop holistic policy approaches to support the integration of immigrants and refugees. The chapter identifies the following policy principles: supporting the acquisition of skills and competences among immigrant communities; promoting the overall social and emotional well-being of immigrants; recognising differences in migration-related experiences and building the skills that are necessary to deal with psychological and behavioural challenges induced by acculturation (among both immigrants and natives).

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