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Most sociologists consider education and vocational training a part of the socioeconomic sphere of migrants‘ integration into their host society. Integration in this sphere is characterized by acquiring the rights and status in the host country’s state institutions that are equal or similar to the rights and status enjoyed by the state’s nationals. Thus, in this process, migrants should be given an equal opportunity to participate in their host country’s welfare system. In regards to training and education in the European Union, this means that third-country migrants ought to have lawful access to preschool, elementary, secondary, and higher education systems that is comparable to EU citizens. However, the political, academic, and public discourse in Europe (similarly to the US and Canada) reveals that the relationship between immigration and host countries’ welfare system is highly problematic. At the crux of the problem is the basic question whether immigration presents a burden or a contribution to the social and cultural systems of so called Western countries. This question encompasses a wide spectrum of issues ranging from questions such as: Are Muslim students and students from former Soviet Union in Polish and Czech schools an opportunity for locals to learn about non-EU cultural traditions, or are they a threat to well-established Western conventions? To questions such as pondering whether the notable increase of Vietnamese students in elementary and high schools across Central Europe represents a success marked by national and international ability to assist families in economic need with long-term relocation and settlement or a failure to secure larger benefits of the EU social welfare for EU nationals.

The enclosed Thomas Huddleston article Education and Higher Education for Third-Country International Students indicates that the other set of issues connected to the debate on education and immigration is why and how should third-country nationals be involved in the EU’s migration policy agenda. The recently issued “Europe 2020” strategy directly addresses gaps in education system in the EU (e.g., reducing the average of early school leavers and low-achievers in math, science, and reading, or raising the share of 30-34-year-olds in higher education completion). With the increasing number of migrants, the essential question that the EU legislators now have to grapple with is how they are going to meet the overall education goals, taking into consideration the situation of foreigners and their children regardless their legal status. For example, the overall EU rate for ‘early school leavers’ is 14.1% and the “Europe 2020”’ target is 10%. The equivalent rate for third-country nationals is 33% (Huddleston 2013:1). If the EU is serious about closing the gap and bringing the average down, they have to put pressure on all member countries to fully integrate immigrant families into the educational system. This section of the Migration to the Centre project shows this process in making across the Visegrad Group countries.

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 European Web Site on Integration's newsletter - issue 75

European Web Site on Integration's newsletter - issue 75

20. 11. 15
17 November 2015 / Issue 75

Czech Government Scholarships for Study/Research Stay

18. 3. 15
Deadline: 31 March 2015 Open to: university/college students or graduates and Ph.D. candidates, researchers, teachers Scholarship: EUR 325 – EUR 345 per month
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Immigrant Parental Expectations and Investment into Education of Children: Models Formed by Immigrant Families in the Czech Republic

17. 1. 14

By Daniela Pěničková, Dana Bittnerová, Mirjam Moravcová

In his article written for the Migration to the Centre project Thomas Huddleston from the Migration Policy Groups underscores the importance of closing the gap between rates of third country migrants and EU citizens in terms of their participation in higher education. This article reflects this call by presenting an ana...

Study / training in EUCzech Republic

Public debate: Education – Study – Migrations

27. 12. 13
This video is an edited record of the public debate “Education – Study – Migrations” which was organized by Ljubljana based NGO Peace Institute and took place on 17th December 2013 in Ljubljana. Main focus of this public event was the situation with study and education of migrants in Slovenia. Children of migrants often face segregation and are more likely to drop out of school early. Inferior edu...
Study / training in EUSlovenia

Young immigrants on the Polish labor market

23. 12. 13
This video is an edited record of the conference organized on 16 December 2013 by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) called „Discrimination of foreigners in Poland - Legal, social and economic context”. The third discussion panel organized within the “Migration to the Centre project” was devoted to the situation of young migrants entering the Polish labour market with a particular emphasis on i...
Study / training in EUPoland

Study / training in EU

19. 12. 13 Karolina Grot
As it was indicated by the MPG expert Thomas Huddleston, education is high on the EU’s agenda. The governments of EU Member States set two overall education targets for Europe’s strategy for jobs and growth. Among targets there are reducing early school leaving and raising the share of 30-34–year-olds completing third level education. Polish response to these goals is to implement the provisions s...
Study / training in EUPoland

Foreign students in the Hungarian education system

18. 12. 13
This video is an edited record of the roundtable discussion organized on 9 Dec 2013 by the Center for Independent Journalism called “Foreign Students in the Hungarian Educational System”.
Study / training in EUHungary

On (In)equal Educational Opportunities for Migrants in Slovenia

10. 12. 13 Aldo Milohnić
In the third phase of the project, “Migration to the Centre,” we were concerned with educational opportunities for migrants in Slovenia. Two experts on the topic presented the most recent trends, analyzed the legislative framework, and described the experiences gained from their research work. These experts’ assessments were upgraded with personal stories contributed by migrants from Bosnia, Herze...
Study / training in EUSlovenia

Slovakia: Summary — Study and Training

The third phase of the “Migration to the Centre” project brought two perspectives, one from that of a migrant experiencing life as a foreign student in Slovakia and another from experts providing opinions on public policies towards the adoption of highly skilled migrants and international students.

Expert articles were prepared by Renáta Králiková (Analyst of the Slovak Governan...

Study / training in EUSlovakia

Public Debate: Study of International Students in the Czech Republic

29. 11. 13
As a member of the European Union, the Czech Republic participates in forming the European system of higher education. What impact do EU policies in this area have on incoming international students from coun¬tries outside the EU? How do governmental institutions collaborate with state and private colleges? The Multicultural Centre in Prague held a public debate October 10, 2013 on these topics ti...
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