Our Journey

SIRIUS – the European Policy Network on Migrant Education – was initiated by the European Commission in 2012. The network facilitates inclusive policymaking by exchanging knowledge and experience between researchers, practitioners, immigrant youth and communities and policymakers for the development of joint strategies on migrant education. The current network is composed of 38 members in 21 European countries.

The Network was funded by the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme from 2012 to 2014 and through bridging funding by the Mercator Foundation in 2015. From January 2015 onwards, SIRIUS has been building its activities upon its Agenda for Migrant Education in Europe and Recommendations.

The 2015 transitional year led to the constitution of a new Executive Board and the design of a new structure independent of the European Commission as well as a new set of activities. Among others, the Network has set up a Policy Advisory Board to facilitate the exchange and consultation between relevant policy makers across the EU and reinforce the knowledge brokerage function of the Network.

The SIRIUS Executive Board turned to the Open Society Foundation (OSF) in 2016 for a 3-year structural support of core SIRIUS activities, upon which both the network and Open Society Foundation can build new strategic projects and collaborations.

Thanks to OSF funds and support, the Network became an international non-for-profit association (“Association internationale sans but lucratif”) on 16th March 2017. Since September 2017, SIRIUS is supported by a Framework contract of the European Commission co-financing its core activities for the period 2017-2021.

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