As part of the European Forum for Engaged Young People, which took place at the University of Poitiers on 27th and 28th August, the French SIRIUS partner, Association de la Fondation Etudiante pour la ville (AFEV), highlighted the issue of inclusion and exclusion of migrants in education in its SIRIUS national meeting on Migrant Education. Under the title “Integrating migrants: Our responsibility to host”, AFEV led work sessions dealing with: the state of affairs of reception and accompanying migrants in France; social marginalization and educational accompaniment – schools as the first integration lever for migrant children; what solutions exist today? Is our reception good enough? During two days, a group of 40 people met (4 sessions, 5:30 hours of work all in all). The group was mainly compound of young people committed in associations of youth and solidarity mentoring newly arrived children. They exchanged with searchers and institutional representatives among which the Ministère de l’Intérieur and the Ministry of Education. Propositions emerged concerning:
- The necessary development of socio-linguistic workshops for newly arrived parents in order to strengthen the family-school link
- Primary school teachers’ training in a global objective of “school inclusion”
- The promotion and enhancement of the language and culture of the recently arrived children. Moreover, it was strongly recommended to consider these children not only through their lacks and needs but with the specific competences they have developed through their experience as migrants.