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Project description

Young person-led activities for effective migrant children integration

Today in Europe, children and young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds continue to struggle with inequality and conflicts in school. To address this issue, it is important to empower migrant and refugee children to find ways to cope and persevere. Also, effective strategies are needed to ensure integration. The EU-funded NEW ABC project proposes a transformative and collaborative approach that can facilitate strategic change. The project combines voices of stakeholders and the development of young person-led, innovative activities in a co-creation setting. It includes nine innovation pilot actions in nine EU Member States. The overall goal is to ensure the adaptability, scalability and long-term sustainability of actions’ results.


The overarching aim of NEW ABC is to take a transformative approach through a commitment to sustainable, strategic change by combining stakeholder voices, co-created and participatory practices, and the creation of synergies among stakeholders that do not normally interact. Despite the EU’s and national governments’ past and current efforts to devise a successful strategy for the integration of refugees and migrants in their new countries, research suggests that children with a recent past of migration continue to face barriers in the education system that current top-down policies fail to overcome.
The NEW ABC project contributes to educational, cultural and social inclusion by taking a collaborative and participatory approach in the co-creation of nine innovation pilot actions aimed at enhancing the integration of immigrant children and young people in education through collaborative partnerships that foreground young person-led innovation activities. The pilot actions will be co-created with the specific aim of ensuring their adaptability, scalability, long-term sustainability and take-up of the results by the identified users.
New ABC will take a transformative approach by ensuring:
• the development of horizontal and vertical synergies of stakeholders,
• an evidence-based, bottom-up approach in creating and piloting the nine innovation practices,
• the empowerment and development of agency of vulnerable groups and other hard-to-reach stakeholders,
• the continuous engagement of all voices throughout the project and after its completion,
• the fall-out effect of such empowerment and agency on other aspects of their lives,
• the uptake of the results and solutions offered by the pilot actions by policy- and decision-makers.

The project will be implemented in 9 EU countries with 14 partners.

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Net EU contribution
€ 522 618,75
40126 Bologna

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Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 522 618,75

Participants (13)