Narratives from the past fifty years suggest Europe has become a “continent of integration” (Scholten et al. 2015: 1), but recent socio-political upheavals at the national level suggest that there are significant challenges and conflicts surrounding the integration of immigrants. Children with a refugee or immigrant background are particularly susceptible to such conflicts because their less powerful status opens them up to significant inequalities, discrimination and integrational barriers. Formal, informal and non-formal learning settings play a big role in either enhancing or mitigating against integration challenges and power inequalities. However, top-down policies and the poor incorporation of children and young people’s voices and capacities for agency have meant that immigrant children and young people have been largely absent at worst or included in tokenistic ways, at best.
The NEW ABC project will carry out innovation activities aimed at enhancing the integration of immigrant children and young people in education through collaborative partnerships that foreground young person-led innovation activities. The project focuses on three main questions related to finding effective solutions to the integration of refugee and migrant children into host societies through education:
Università di Bologna, Italy