MOOCs4inclusion is a study, commissioned by the European Commission via the DG Joint Research Centre, which aims at assessing the adequacy of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Free Digital Learning (FDL) for the inclusion of migrants and refugees. In 2021, the international research center CARDET undertook a new study, to update the catalogue and enrich it with new initiatives. Here you can find the results of the study: https://moocs4inclusion.org/
Most of the main Belgian universities (Brussels, Leuven, Louvain-la-neuve, Ghent, Liège, Namur, Louvain, Mons, Antwerp, Hasselt, etc.) have developed programs to facilitate access to higher education and integration of asylum seekers and refugees. These programs provide a diverse range of support tools such as language courses, social support (housing, transportation, scholarships, etc.), orientation, sponsorship and mentoring of refugee students. Through these programs, efforts are undertaken to facilitate the educational and social inclusion of refugee students. Here you can find more about the opportunities offered: https://globalcompactrefugees.org/article/specific-university-integration-programmes-beneficiariesinternational-protection
Every year since 2016, working with various partners, the AUF has launched a call for projects with its member institutions, in France or abroad, to facilitate the reception and integration of students in exile, holding refugee or asylum seeker status, or benefitting from subsidiary protection. The aim of the initiative is to assist the institutions who offer relevant French-learning tools, with a view to integrating students in exile into their university courses, thus facilitating their social and professional integration. Here you can find more about this programme: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/aimes-programme-AUF-integration-migrant-students The call for projects launched in 2018 enabled the support of 43 projects, distributed across 38 institutions in France, 3 in Lebanon, 1 in Belgium and 1 in Burundi. The chosen projects emphasize the entire integration process, beyond the learning of French as a foreign language, now also catering for French-speaking students in need of refresher courses and assistance. The support projects for the 2018/2019 year accommodate more than 2,000 students, of whom 1,500 are in France. They hail from 53 different countries, although mainly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Sudan. There are also several from Eastern Europe (Armenia, the Ukraine, Russia, Kosovo, Albania, Georgia, Turkey), Iran, Libia and Palestine.
Institutions at EU level and networks and associations of Universities have studied the main questions related to the possibility of building more inclusive HE institutions by favouring the enrolment of refugees and migrants with international protection status. The project identifies two main specific objectives: (a) developing social responsibility of HE students providing them with intercultural and civic competences and raising their awareness on integration of refugees and (b) rising awareness of HE staff by providing specific instruments, knowledge and skills for a more inclusive HE environment. The project is addressed to University staff, University students and refugees. Here you can find more about it: https://together.pixelonline.org/refumap.php
An early attempt (2017) to collect and analyze good practice examples of HE approaches and initiatives in wide range of urgent situations, focusing on refugees and displaced students, facilitating the identification of successful patterns of integration which have the potential to be easily scaled up. Furthermore, the project seeks to sensitize HE governance, facilitating communication and institutional support within and outside the university (https://www.inhereproject.eu). It provided relevant orientation and training to the university staff, to empower universities so that they are able to take an active stand and further replicate successful approaches and practices. Includes a catalogue of good practices: https://www.inhereproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/inHERE-GPC_en.PDF.pdf
The TandEM project (https://iomintandem.com/), led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with EUA and COREIS Italiana, aims to improve higher education integration of TCN and to contribute to making societies in Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain more socially inclusive. TandEM piloted a student mentorship scheme, which took inspiration from the cross-country study findings and from a well-established mentoring scheme carried out by WUSC (World Education Service) in Canada. During the two-year project (2018-2019), young TCN also directly contributed to shaping narratives on migration and cultural diversity in the six target countries.
The Postgraduate Course "Language Education for refugees and immigrants" offered by Hellenic Open University is designed for teachers and graduates who wish to supplement or deepen their knowledge and skills in teaching a language course in various languages, as well as to develop new resources that they can later use in specific contexts and levels. The course offers a strong background in theoretical literature, as well as a suitable methodology for educational practice, course planning and introduction to the most important research tools. Here you can access the structure of the course: https://www.eap.gr/education/postgraduate/biannual/language-education-for-refugees-and-immigrants/
Hellenic Open University coordinated the AMIF project WEMIN, which implemented a comprehensive integration model for migrant/refugee women (MRW). Through direct interventions in women populations and through experience-sharing among partners social, cultural, educational and professional aspects of inclusion were addressed and active participation was achieved. The outcomes of the project can be found here: http://www.wemin-project.eu/
The AMIF Nitti project, led by Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland, is developing a peer-to-peer based antinatal class model for immigrant families. The project aims at facilitating the everyday life of immigrant families, strengthening their participation in social and health care services and promoting their integration. The model prepares immigrants for the childbirth, care for the baby, breastfeeding, parenthood, way of life and everyday life of families. Families’ service needs related to culture-specific sexual and reproduction health practices are considered in development.
The goal of MATEAS project, funded by AMIF and led by Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland, is to make Finnish healthcare services and the organizational actors supporting them – more transparent and accessible for immigrants from third world countries, who are also eligible to join the events and activities organized by the project (excluding asylum seekers). The procedures developed in the project aim to make it easier for immigrants to use healthcare services as clients within the system.