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Study visit explores school integration of newly-arrived migrant children

The Agency joined a study visit from 13 to 16 March to Bremen organised by the European Asylum Support Office for a delegation from Cyprus.

They were interested in practices of preventing violence and promoting integration of newly-arrived migrant children. The group met teachers from several primary and secondary schools which have a high proportion of newly-migrant arrived children. They also met staff from the regional education and housing ministries and from a reception centre. Talks were also held with secondary school pupils and university staff about teacher training and support projects for pupils with a migration background. Some of the factors that help integration included consultation with local communities, parental involvement, teacher commitment, learning from past experience and an already welcoming community.

The meetings will help the Agency prepare its project on the long-term impact of the responses to the migration crisis.