Panel G.18 — The educational poverty of minors with a migratory background: experiences, analyses, challenges

Convenors Giovanna Filosa (INAPP, Italy); Patrizia Rinaldi (Institute for Migration Research, Universidad de Granada)

Keywords Educational poverty, migratory background, inclusion, school, comparative analysis


The educational and training poverty of young migrants is one of the main challenges that the school systems of advanced countries must face to be truly fair and inclusive. If inclusion is a lifelong life-wide process, it begins right at school. In education and training systems, the intellectual capital of migrant origin risks being dispersed, if not adequately supported, in the broader framework of policies aimed at qualifying educational paths for all. The obstacles to learning that need to be removed are linguistic, social, and cultural. In educational and training inclusion paths, schools and families must be guided and accompanied by informal proximity networks and experiences – often more structured – linked to the third sector, associations, and voluntary work to ensure that the entire territory is transformed into an educating community.

This session aims to carry forward an interdisciplinary reflection around these themes on the following aspects:

– promising practices of educational and training inclusion of first and second-generation foreign students.

– comparative studies on the different scholastic and training integration systems at European and non-European levels.

– analysis of learning gaps between native and migrant pupils based on standardised tests (Invalsi, Pisa, etc.);

– evaluation methodologies of interventions to combat educational poverty, with particular attention to the migrant target.

– interventions aimed at unaccompanied foreign minors.

– the role of the third sector in combating educational poverty of students of migrant origin.

– inclusive teaching experiences concerning using new technologies for learning the host country’s language.

– There is potential for training internships, apprenticeships, and other forms of school-to-work transition to include young migrants.


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