SIRIUS - European Policy Network on the Education of Children and Young People with a Migrant Background

The SIRIUS network is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.




Project coordinator
Miquel Àngel Essomba Gelaber (Faculty of Sciences of Education at the University Autonomous of Barcelona - Spain)


PAYOKE (Belgium)
ERDISC - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) (Spain)
Associació de Mestres Rosa Sensat (Spain)
University of Study of Milan-Bicocca (Italy)
Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CEMIS) - University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Dutch National Knowledge Centre for Mixed Schools (The Netherlands)
Risbo, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
National centre for multicultural education (NAFO) (Norway)
VERIKOM Verbund für interkulturelle kommunikation und Bildung (Germany)
European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS) - Institute at the Otto-Friedrich, University of Bamberg (Germany)
German Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
Austrian Ministry of Education, Culture and Arts (Austria)
Forum for Freedom in Education (Forum za Slobodu Odgoja) (Croatia)
University of Patras (Greece)
Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Cyprus)
Praxis Center for Policy Studies (Estonian)
Global Development Institute (GDI) (Latvia)
Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI) (Lithuania)
Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science (Lithuania)
Federal Institute for Research in Education, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System (BIFIE) (Austria)
Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (Estonia)
Regidoria d’Educació de l’Ajuntament de L’hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain)
Østfold University College (Norway)
Programa Escolhas (Portugal)
Center for Research and Intervention in Education, Faculty os Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto (Portugal)
Flemish Education Council (Vlaamse Onderwijsraad - Vlor) (Belgium)
University of Pécs (Hungary)


Research Team (PT)
Elisabete Ferreira (PI)
Sofia Marques Silva
Amélia Lopes
Glória Carvalhais (Programa Escolhas)
Adélia Lopes


2012 - 2014




SIRIUS is a European Policy Network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background. This project will run over a 3 year period (2012-2014) and it is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. During this period, the partners of this network - research centres, universities, associations and civil society organisations, public entities and consortiums - will face the challenge of improving educational measures addressed to migrant students within the frame of the EU, ensuring that children and young people form migrant backgrounds or minorities could raise their educational standards and outcomes at least at the same level than those from National background or belonging to majority groups. The aim of this network is to update the data of this thematic issue, to integrate all the studies and reports on that and to achieve a major influence of this research on European, National and local educational policies. The early school leaving, the schooling projects, as well as the educational support projects outside the school, will be some of the issues where the project will focus on through three work packages:

  • WP1: Policy implementation and networking

  • WP2: Schooling classrooms interactions

  • WP3: Educational support projects