Migrant children’s integration and  education in Europe

Approaches, methodologies and policies

Barcelona, October 24th-25th, 2019

The symposium

The consortium of the European project MiCREATE — Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe will host a symposium dedicated to explore:

  • Policies for the integration of migrant children and youth in educational systems;
  • Educational practices to foster migrant children and youth’s wellbeing;
  • The social impact of educational integration programmes;
  • Emerging approaches and methodologies to study and transform the educational practices for the improvement of migrant children and youth’s education

The symposium will pay special attention to child-centered approaches, the perception and implication of reception communities, transformative practices, teacher’s professional development, and effective policies.


Thursday, October 24th, 2019
15.00 Welcome and introduction to the symposium

Representative from Fundació Tàpies

Mateja Sedmak
MiCREATE Coordinator,  ZRS Koper

Juana M. Sancho
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

15.30 The incorporation of students with an immigrant background in schools. Lessons learnt and pending challenges in Catalonia from an international comparative perspective


Prof. Sílvia Carrasco Pons
Grup EMIGRA – Centre d’Estudis i Recerca en Migracions
Departament d’Antropologia Social i Cultural
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Presented by Fernando Hernández
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

16.45 Break
17.15 From research to policy and practice

Policy makers panel

Coordinated by Gro Hellesdatter Jacobsen
Syddansk Universitet

Anna Marie Schurmann Carstens
The National Council for Children, Denmark

Maria Zuber
European Commission DG HOME

Stanka Lunder Verlič, PhD
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia

18.45 End of the first day
Friday, October 25th, 2019
9.30 MiCREATE’s Child-centered approach

Coordinated by Adam Bulandra
Interculturalni PL

Migration Children and Integration in the EU through Education: What do we know so far?

Shoba Arun and Gavin Bailey
Manchester Metropolitan University, Reino Unido.

What are the problems? Reception communities in the EU environment

Vlasta Jalušič and Veronika Bajt
Peace institute, Ljubljana, Eslovenia.

Schools and Community Views of Migrant Children’s Integration

Judit Onsès
University of Barcelona, Spain

11.30 Break
12:00 Presentation of papers


Coordinated by Judit Onsès
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

Practical issues of integration of refugee children in Slovenian education system
Asja Pehar Senekovič, Jure Gombač, PhD, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) – Slovenian Migration Institute, University of Nova Gorica.

Difficulties, tensions and risks in child-centred approach research and practice
Miguel Stuardo-Concha, Sara Carrasco Segovia, Fernando Hernández-Hernández, University of Barcelona.

The child-centred approach of CHILD-UP project
Prof. Claudio Baraldi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Good practices to promote the integration of migrant children in schools. A standard concept?
Pablo Rivera-Vargas, Raquel Miño-Puigcercòs, Fernando Hernández-Hernández, University of Barcelona.


Coordinated by Paula Lozano
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

Transdisciplinary artistic practices as a transforming method: a way to guarantee the well-being of migrant students
Leire Aranburu Etxegoien, MU_Mondragon Unibertsitatea. Jon Martin Etxebeste, EHU_Universidad del Pais Vasco.

Artistic-collaborative projects as a way to promote the well-being of migrant children and as an approach to transform educational practices into meaningful learning
Leire Aranburu Etxegoien, MU_Mondragon Unibertsitatea.

Wordless books for classrooms with children and young migrants
Emma Bosch, Universitat de Barcelona.

What Challenges and Opportunities pertain to introducing Philosophy with Children in Schools to foster migrant Children and Youth’s wellbeing?
Søren Sindberg Jensen, University of Southern Denmark.


Coordinated by Marina Riera
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

Native languages as secret languages

Children, cross-culturalism and belongingness. A fifth-grade class and their stories on managing multiple senses of belonging
Margarida Andrade, University of Barcelona.

Six Cases of Innovative Approaches for integration of migrant children in Spain
Paula Estalayo Bielsa. Laura Malinverni. Paula Lozano-Mulet. Juana M. Sancho-Gil. Miguel Stuardo-Concha.

13.30 Break — Places to eat around Fundació Tàpies
15.00 Presentation of papers


Coordinated by Laura Malinverni
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

Opening up new spaces for language and literacy practices in early childhood education for migrant children
Annika Åkerblom, Gothenburg University. Anne Harju, Malmoe University.

The local dimension of children integration in educational system in Poland
Jakub Kościółek, PhD, Jagiellonian University, Krakow. Adam Bulandra, PhD. Regional Chamber of Attorneys-At-Law in Krakow.

Refugee hospitality center in athens as a case study: Good (and not-so-good) practices
Nektaria Palaiologou, Achilles Kameas, Victoria Prekate, Maria Liontou.

Are Catalan secondary schools confronting xenophobia? Discouraging results from a multilevel analysis of adolescent attitudes toward immigration and diversity
Ann E. Wilson-Daily, University of Barcelona. Markus Kemmelmeier, University of Nevada Reno.


Coordinated by Miguel Stuardo Concha
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

Migrant children at school: A critical analysis of educational language policies and practices in the south of Brazil
Gabriela da Silva Bulla, Rodrigo Lages e Silva, Bruna Souza de Oliveira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS),Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The Challenges of Integration of Migrant Children in the Slovenian Education System
Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik. Klara Kožar Rosulnik , ZRC SAZU, Slovenian Migration Institute, Ljubljana

Educational policy in intercultural community contexts
M. Jesús Igual Calvo, Universitat de Barcelona.


Coordinated by Paula Estalayo
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

A Comprehensive Approach for the Study Socio-Educational Inclusion of Migrant Children in Europe: Immerse Research Project
Eva Bajo Marcos. Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones, Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

Unresolved Issues in Second Language Learning by Immigrant Students in Spain: Challenges and Opportunities
María José Arroyo González, Valladolid University. Ignacio Berzosa Ramos, International University of La Rioja. Inmaculada González Falcón, Huelva University.

Integration of refugee children in refugee camps, and schools and textbooks in Germany and Turkey. Three case studies of refugee camps and school practices
Feride Durna, Barcelona University

16.30 Break
17.00 Roundtable with schools

Coordinada per Juana M. Sancho
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

Núria Abreu
Escola Cervantes, Barcelona

Mercè Miralles
IES Pau Claris, Barcelona

Alfons Espinosa
Escola Drassanes, Barcelona

18.30 Wrap up

Barbara Gornik
MiCREATE Coordinator,  ZRS Koper

Fernando Hernández
Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona

19.00 End of the second day

Call for papers

Interested scholars and practitioners are invited to submit papers related to the aims of the symposium.

Abstracts should be sent in a text document to info@micreate.eu, together with contact details for the author(s) and a brief mention of the author(s) affiliation.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (excluding references) and should clearly communicate the key points and conclusions of the paper, indicating the methodology, theoretical framework and the relationship to the call.

Template for papers



August 15th, 2019
Communication of acceptance
September 1st, 2019
Full paper (5-10 pages)
December 1st, 2019


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October 24th-25th, 2019
Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Carrer d’Aragó, 255,
08007 Barcelona

Scientific Committee

  • Mateja Sedmak (ZRS)
  • Juana M. Sancho (UB)
  • Ayse Dursun (UW)
  • Gro Hellesdatter Jacobsen (SDU)
  • Shoba Arun (MMU)
  • Adam Bulandra (IPL)

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