SIRIUS 2.0 capitalises the work SIRIUS has been carrying on migrant education since 2012 when the 3-year Life Long Learning funded project SIRIUS was kicked-off.

Summary of the project

SIRIUS 2.0 capitalises the work SIRIUS has been carrying on migrant education since 2012 when the 3-year Life Long Learning funded project SIRIUS was kicked-off. The project takes the work of SIRIUS to the next level of sustainability. Building on the practical learnings and tools designed from 2012-2016, the SIRIUS 2.0 uses these and other EU tools to concretely impact policy reform agendas at national, local/regional and, wherever possible, at European level. The project promotes co-operation between different stakeholders, supports inclusive policy development and implementation at different governance levels and facilitates the integration of children and young people with migration background in education. SIRIUS 2.0 performs a knowledge brokerage function by providing evidence from research and practice for policymaking and by informing research about the unmet needs of policymakers and practitioners.

Aims/Objectives of the project

The overall objective of the project is to feed the best evidence and practice into the major education policy debates by mobilising mainstream migration and education activities and building the capacity of migrant and grassroots education initiatives. SIRIUS 2.0’s specific objectives are:

  • To analyse and co-create knowledge on the main challenges and policy approaches for inclusive education for children and young people with a migrant background, with special attention to refugees, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable learners;
  • To identify, share and promote good policy practice and stimulate innovation and mainstreaming in policy development, experimentation and implementation;
  • To disseminate results more widely and in more policy-friendly formats such as recommendations, guidance and tools.

Target groups

The project addresses and involves in the action policy makers, researchers, practitioners, educators, migrants, representatives of migrant organisations and experts.


  • Migration Policy Group(MPG) – lead partner
  • Multi Kulti Collective
  • Forum for Freedom in Education (FFE)
  • PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies
  • European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS)
  • Hellenic Open University (HOU)
  • University of Western Macedonia (UoWM)
  • Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
  • New Communities Partnership (NCP)
  • Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI)
  • Risbo
  • Ostfold University College (HIOF)
  • Educational Research Institute (IBE)
  • High Commissioner for Migration (ACM)
  • University of Porto (CIIE)
  • Educational Research Institute (ERI)
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Fryshuset African & Caribbean diversity
  • Leeds Beckett University


European Commission, DG EAC

Deliverables / output of the project

The following deliverables are produced annually;

  • 15 national policy workshops & 15 national synthesis reports
  • 1 regional (Baltic) policy workshop & 1 regional (Baltic) synthesis report;
  • 2 Peer Learning Activities reports;
  • 16 country briefings, 1 comparative report, 1 summary of key findings to fill the gaps of the research on migrant education;
  • 1 Policy Conference;
  • Monthly Newsletters;
  • 1 up to date website.

Coordinator of the project

Aldo Xhani, Migration Policy Group: