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ERIC Number: ED540823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 100
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISBN: ISBN-2-8711-6376-6
Integrating Immigrant Children into Schools in Europe. Survey
Coghlan, Misia; De Coster, Isabelle; Minguez, Maria Luisa Garcia; Desurmont, Arnaud; Eng, Mette
This survey, which focuses on the different modes of integration of immigrant pupils adopted in European education systems, is made up of six chapters. The first two of these give the general political and demographic context with respect to the situation in Europe. Rights to education for immigrant children and support measures in schools are described in detail in subsequent chapters. A number of links are established between the various measures and their objectives at the end of the publication. Chapter 1 begins with an overview of integration policies and cooperation as outlined in recent legislation and decisions reached at EU level, before going on to consider the important work undertaken in this field also by the Council of Europe. Chapter 2 examines demographic trends in Europe and is divided into two parts. The first discusses the general and widely differing trends in each country, using Eurostat data and demographic indicators on immigration, the proportion of immigrants in the population by nationality and age, and asylum seekers and refugees. The second focuses on immigrants at school, using indicators taken from the PISA 2000 (OECD) international survey. Chapter 3 discusses the right to education and support measures intended specifically for immigrant schoolchildren. Measures for the integration of immigrant schoolchildren are examined in Chapter 4. Chapter 5 describes a specific type of measure to ensure that immigrant pupils remain proficient in their mother tongue and aware of their own cultural heritage. Chapter 6 examines how curricula, legislation and other official sources promote an intercultural approach to school education, which is also an important dimension of initial teacher education and in-service teacher training. Appended are: (1) Reference documents on European Union policies and legislation relating to the education of immigrant children and official Council of Europe documents dealing with the education of immigrant children; and (2) Types of support for immigrant children; references for main legislative provisions currently in force for support measures for immigrant children; and training of staff responsible for implementing measures to support immigrant. A glossary is included. Individual chapters contain footnotes. (Contains 21 figures and 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: European Commission
Authoring Institution: Eurydice
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment