Building on the findings of the joint ETUCE – EFEE project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” (2017-2019), the project ‘In and Through Education: Education Trade Unions support the inclusion of refugees and migrants’ aims to further build the capacity of the education trade unions on providing specific support to their affiliates regarding the inclusion of refugees and migrants in the education system, and linking it to the attractiveness of the teaching profession. The project also seeks to address the specificities of the refugees from Ukraine.

Advisory Group

  • Ana Simões FENPROF Portugal
  • Dorota Obidniak ZNP Poland
  • Juraj Stodolovský OZŠ Slovakia
  • İlker Akcasoy EGITIM-SEN Turkey
  • Maeve Mc Cafferty INTO Ireland


This project is funded with support from the European Commission.

The UNHCR reported 12 million refugees in Europe by December 2020, with one-third being children, including unaccompanied minors. Nearly 6.5 million people fled Ukraine due to the war, predominantly women and children. Despite the right to education, refugees and migrants in Europe face barriers like language learning and gaps in prior education. The influx of refugees has placed significant burdens on hosting countries, which require additional resources and educational personnel. The “In and Through Education: Education Trade Unions support the inclusion of refugees and migrants” project, following the past initiative between ETUCE and EFEE, aims to enhance education trade unions' capacity to support the inclusion of refugees and migrants, focusing on language, family cooperation, and other crucial issues. The goal is to address challenges faced by education personnel and contribute to making the teaching profession more attractive for refugees and migrants in the European region. 

The 2-year project (November 2023– 31 October  2025), co-funded by the European Commission, sets the ground for promoting concrete measures and practices of education trade unions in addressing the challenges that education personnel face regarding the inclusion of refugee and migrant learners in the education systems, including in the context of trade union renewal and attractiveness of the teaching profession. Furthermore, to support education trade unions in ensuring that teachers, academics and other education personnel are adequately supported in working with refugee and migrant learners, the project among other things includes designing an Online Course (MOOC) for education trade unions on addressing the inclusion of refugees and migrants in and through education, including the specific focus on refugees from Ukraine.