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Young migrant women failed by European education policy

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Summary of story from European Women’s Lobby, October 13, 2011

A new book says that young migrant women are excluded from policies aimed at the integration of migrant children in schools.

The result of an 18-month research project, the book is called “Integration of Young Migrant Women in the Secondary Education: Promoting Integration and Mutual Understanding through Dialogue and Exchange”.

It compiles the results of qualitative research implemented in a number of European partner countries – the UK, Germany, Spain, Cyprus, Malta, and Greece.

In recent years the issues of gender and migration have received more attention from scholars, researchers and policy makers in different national contexts as well as on a European Union (EU) level.

However, despite acknowledgement that gender matters, the experience of migrant girls in school still remains unexplored.

Migrant girls, like migrant children, are left out of most policy frames for integration since they are either perceived as accompanying ‘luggage’ for migrating adults or offspring of migration itself.

Interestingly, the book reveals that countries such as the UK, which have a longer history of migration, are still not performing when it comes to putting ideas such as equality, into practice.

And, worryingly, countries such as Spain, Cyprus, Malta, and Greece, where the migration phenomenon is relatively new, are putting policies into place which have failed in the UK.

The book clearly demonstrates that questions still remain unanswered in relation to policy frameworks such as integration, multiculturalism, assimilation, and social cohesion and what the results of these mean for the visibility of young migrant women.

The full book can be downloaded here.

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