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Comparative Assessment of the Strategies and Legislation concerning the integration of migrants in education in the Baltic States

The idea to create the comparative report on migrant education in the Baltic States was suggested by Eve Magi, senior analyst of Praxis Center for Policy Studies of Estonia at the end of 2013. She was joined by Lithuanian Public Policy and Management Institute researcher Hanna Siarova and a representative from Latvia Liesma Ose (Global Development Institute). As a result of the co-operation Liesma Ose made the presentation entitled Comparative Assessment of the Strategies and Legislation concerning the integration of migrants in education in the Baltic States. Liesma is very grateful to Nils Muiznieks, her long-term colleague in the area of human rights protection and research, a human rights activist and scientist, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, and to Ilona Kunda, a sociologist, researcher  of civic society and integration processes, for inspiration in the form of the indicators of social integration processes Liesma could use for conducting the analysis. 

The idea of this comparative, critical and constructive study also belongs to Eve Magi, and it has been elaborated together with Liesma Ose and Hanna Siarova within SIRIUS, the European Policy Network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background, which brought together policy-makers, academic community and NGO activists (2012-2014). The study and policy recommendations issued in English were created in 2014. We would particularly like to thank the employees from the ministries of education and culture of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for the support we received as well as sociologist Evija Kļave who provided the latest data and professional analysis from the education sociology perspective.  The reader should pay most attention to the recommendation part of the study. If the education policy makers implemented the recommendations, the Baltic States would gain truly inclusive education. Moreover, many recommendations regarding general education support the values which are as important for the inclusive education of adults with migrant background.

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