Snapshot of Innovative Approaches for Integration of Migrant Children

The report produces a sample list with snapshots of case studies based on best practices and innovative approaches to integration through adaptive practices, social interactions, inter-cultural practices through bottom up approaches and also implicit ways of integration. In all, these multiple forms of interactions and interventions promote cross linkages in society, with an institutional, community and educational focus. The report draws on the broad definition for integration, as per IOM, 2011. The process by which migrants become accepted into society, both as individuals and as groups….[Integration] refers to a two-way process of adaptation by migrants and host societies…[and implies] consideration of the rights and obligations of migrants and host societies, of access to different kinds of services and the labour market, and of identification and respect for a core set of values that bind migrants and host communities in a common purpose (IOM, 2011).

In simple terms, integration relates to social inclusion and social cohesion, tackling any bias through anti-discrimination, and promoting mutual understanding. It draws on concepts and measures from a range on contexts that speak to key terms relating to Migrant Integration through Education, such as adaptation, rights, obligation, capabilities, access and respect. As these case studies demonstrate, integration can be enhanced through broadening stakeholders and agencies, across the society - in educational streams, the public and private realms, across generations, and at the individual, family, community and national levels (IOM, 2015).

This publication focuses on the identification of Innovative Approaches for the Integration of Migrant Children  and will focus in the use of digital technologies for positive integration by fostering the cultural capital of migrant children, which can help in the prevention of racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerant behaviour and attitudes. This publication investigates the variety of ways in which digital technologies can be used for changing users’ attitudes or behaviour through persuasion and social influence.

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