SIRIUS 2.0 capitalises the work SIRIUS has been carrying on migrant education since 2012 when the 3-year Life Long Learning funded project SIRIUS was kicked-off.

Summary of the Project SIRIUS 2.0 capitalises the work SIRIUS has been carrying on migrant education since 2012 when the 3-year Life Long Learning funded project SIRIUS was kicked-off. The project takes the work of SIRIUS to the next level of sustainability. Building on the practical learnings and tools designed from 2012-2016, the SIRIUS 2.0 uses these and other EU tools to concretely impact policy reform agendas at national, local/regional and, wherever possible, at European level. The project promotes co-operation between different stakeholders, supports inclusive policy development and implementation at different governance levels and facilitates the integration of children and young people with migration background in education. SIRIUS 2.0 performs a knowledge brokerage function by providing evidence from research and practice for policymaking and by informing research about the unmet needs of policymakers and practitioners.

Aims / Objectives of the projectThe overall objective of the project is to feed the best evidence and practice into the major education policy debates by mobilising mainstream migration and education activities and building the capacity of migrant and grassroots education initiatives. SIRIUS 2.0’s specific objectives are:

  • To analyse and co-create knowledge on the main challenges and policy approaches for inclusive education for children and young people with a migrant background, with special attention to refugees, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable learners;
  • To identify, share and promote good policy practice and stimulate innovation and mainstreaming in policy development, experimentation and implementation;
  • To disseminate results more widely and in more policy-friendly formats such as recommendations, guidance and tools.


The following outcomes have been produced by the action:

  • National and Regional Round Tables mobilised and convened the major educational stakeholders in 16 EU countries to debate policy priorities and reform opportunities specific of the regional, national and/or sub-national level. Find out more HERE
  • Peer learning activities created and promoted knowledge transfer by identifying good practice and providing multi-stakeholder international feedback, thus stimulating further innovation both in the host and learning countries. Find out more about the activities in Portugal and Germany.
  • SIRIUS Watch, the flagship research initiative of the network, monitored and supported the development and effective implementation of inclusive education policies across the EU at different governance levels in the area of formal and non-formal education cooperation. Find out more HERE
  • The European-level policy conference promoted exchange and collaboration among partners and relevant actors beyond the network, disseminated SIRIUS findings to a broad range of education stakeholders and fostered cross-fertilisation in areas such as quality of teaching, school leadership and socio-emotional learning in promoting migrant and refugee education. Find out more HERE
  • The European-level policy workshop engaged policy makers in inclusive debates with practitioners and researchers and reinforced the overall structure of participation and involvement of policy makers in the action, as a whole. Find out more HERE
  • The dissemination pillar provided targeted information to multiple audiences through policy-friendly formats.