SIRIUS: Qualitative Study on Migrant Parent Empowerment

    Claudia Koehler
    Vanya Ivanova
    Bistra Ivanova
    Sebastian Bauer
    Kathrin Lotter
    Fabian Maier
    Merike Damody
    Tomislav Tudjman
    Yuri Seidler
    Rick Wolff
    Katia Veronica Pozos Pérez
    Michalis Kakos
    European forum for migration studies
    European Commission, Erasmus+ Programme

    Migrant parents are often found to participate less in the school processes and the education of their children while at the same time many migrant students lag behind in educational achievements. Parental involvement in school and education matters of their children carries the potential to contribute to enhanced educational performance. Furthermore, parents with a migrant background are often not as well connected to local structures and information as parents without a migrant background. Strengthening parental networking and their inclusion in local structures carries the potential to further enhance their involvement in the education of their children.

    The Collaborative Networks for Migrant Parent Empowerment - ALFIRK project addresses barriers in increased parental empowerment in education processes, particularly among migrant parents, by: analyzing patterns of migrant parental involvement, parental networking, and barriers in parental involvement and empowerment at schools in six EU countries; identifying tools and good practices for migrant parental involvement and empowerment; developing online tools to enable migrant parents to easily access information about school and education systems in EU countries and to exchange information among each other. In the long term, ALFIRK aims to empower migrant parents at three levels: the family level, the service system level and the community/political level.

    The main section of this report contains a description of the migration situation in each country and elaborates on the respective migration situation, policies, parental networking initiatives as well as the profiles and the consequent findings of each country-specific case study. Finally, the study closes with concluding remarks and recommendations which need to be interpreted in the particular national contexts.