PERU staff part of new project on Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe
PERU is working with a consortium of 15 partners across Europe on a three-year innovation project, MiCREATE (Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe). The vision of MiCREATE is to provide a child-centred approach to exploring and surmounting integration challenges. Led by the Institute of Social Studies at the Koper Science and Research Centre, Slovenia, it has received funding of 2.8 million Euros under Horizon 2020. Partners are universities, public agencies and civil society organizations.
The PERU team is led Dr Shoba Arun. Professor Gary Pollock and Dr Gavin Bailey are Co-Investigators and Paula Sergeant is project managing PERU's work.
The overall objective of the project is to stimulate the inclusion of diverse groups of migrant children by adopting a child-centred approach to their integration at the educational and policy level. Stemming from the need to revisit the integration policies, the research project aims at comprehensive examination of contemporary integration processes of migrant children in order to empower them. The project starts from the fact that European countries and their education systems encounter manifold challenges due to growing ethnic, cultural, linguistic diversity and thereby aims at: 1) Identifying existing measures for the integration of migrant children at the regional and local level through secondary data analysis; 2) Analysis of the social impacts of these integration programmes through case studies in ten countries applying qualitative and quantitative child-centred research; 3) Development of integration measures and identification of social investment particularly in educational policies and school systems that aim to empower children. The project is problem-driven and exploratory at the same time. Its exploratory part mainly concerns a child-centred approach to understanding integration challenges, migrants’ needs and their well-being. However, the findings of the open ended exploratory research will be used in an explicitly problem-driven way – with an aim to stimulate migrant inclusion, to empower migrant children and build their skills already within the (participatory) research. This will be done through the activities of the Integration Lab and Policy Lab, where children’s voices, fieldwork and desk research findings will be translated into practices and measures for educational professionals and practitioners as well as into a child-centred migrant integration policy framework to stimulate social inclusion and successful management of cultural diversity.