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The NUT (England and Wales) has produced a Guide for schools entitled ‘Welcoming Refugee Children to Your School’.  It can be downloadedfrom the NUT website or printed copies are available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Confronted with a dramatic increase of refugees from neighbouring countries in conflict, the Greek Federation of Secondary State School Teachers is calling for solidarity to see that all children receive an education.

The Greek Federation of Secondary State School Teachers (OLME) President and General Secretary are urging the Greek Government to seek special funding to cover the costs of

The Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö, together with the Finnish trade union movement, has backed a demonstration against racism and violent right-wing extremism which received widespread national public support.

The demonstration, held in Helsinki at the end of September, was organised in response to the death of a 28-year-old Finnish man assaulted during a neo-Nazi rally earlier that month. At the

With millions of people displaced by war and violence in Africa and the Middle East, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has vowed to reach out a helping hand, advocating for the resettlement of thousands of immigrants and for their protection against bigotry and persecution.

AFT delegates passed a resolution restating the organization’s opposition to hate speech and encouraging programs that

On 20 June, the Italian union confederations CGIL, CISL and UIL joined forces to draw attention to the worrying situation of unaccompanied minors in Italy and Europe. Investments in quality public services, in particular through adequate training of professionals, are crucial to offer these children the assistance they need.

The three unions challenged the Italian and European Union authorities in an

Education International and European affiliates from Spain and Italy took part in a high-level conference organised in Rome on 15 June by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) with the support of the three Italian unions CGIL, CISL and UIL.

This Trade Union Action on Refugees brought together union leaders and representatives from 22 European countries as well as representatives of the European

German unions are pushing for effective inclusion plans for adult refugees arriving in the country, with a focus on integrative education based on language skills and the acquisition of enabling diplomas.

As tens of thousands of asylum-seeking refugees continue to arrive in Europe, the German education union, Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) , a member of Education International

The Finnish education trade union OAJ, which has over 120 000 members and represents about 95% of the teachers in the country, recently launched a publication entitled Integration Compass (In Finnish: Kotoutumiskompassi) dealing with the integration of refugees and migrants in education. EI/ETUCE asked Ms Päivi Lyhykäinen, OAJ Special Adviser for Education, to explain the impact and use of the

TUC International has produced an employment rights online resource guide in 17 languages to help inform migrants of their working rights in the UK. 

The TUC is the national centre of trade unions in the UK, representing more than 5.5 million workers and 52 unions from a variety of sectors.

The employment rights online resource guide can be found by going to www.tuc.org.uk/workingintheuk

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On 12 December 2013, the European Trade Union Conference (ETUC) organised the first European Conference of Trade Union services for migrants. The conference was organised following the adoption of the ETUC Action Plan on Migration in March 2013, setting a common playing field for trade unions in Europe on migration issues. 

It brought together trade union and other civil society representatives

The NUT (England and Wales) responded to the British Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry – "Refugees Welcome? Experiences of new refugees in the UK" launched in July 2016.  In its response the NUT called for:

  • Recognition of the key frontline role that primary and secondary schools have in receiving and making refugees welcome in the UK
  • Teachers to have resources, training and

 

The German education union GEW has placed special focus on the relationship between integration and democracy after hosting its national congress under the slogan “One for all – an inclusive school for democracy.”

The need to place schools at the centre of any inclusion policy was highlighted at the national congress of GEW, a member of Education International (EI), which took place at Frankfurt

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers has highlighted the appalling impact of the global refugee crisis on the world’s children and young people, especially in terms of education.

At the UK Trades Union Congress’ Congress in Brighton on 14 September, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) President, Kathy Wallis, urged the

Over 1,810 academics from universities across Australia have signed an Open Letterto Prime Minister Turnbull and Members of Parliament, supporting the implementation of the the Academic for Refugees’ policy paper's recommendations, calling for a just and humane approach for refugees. 

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) supports both the Academics for Refugees policy paper and open

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June, thousands of persons took to the streets in more than 50 places around the country to defend the rights of refugees and denounce EU asylum and migration policies. A few days earlier, on 14 June in Madrid, representatives of unions, civil society and the cultural sphere had gathered in Madrid to call on the population to give a strong backing to

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit being held in Istanbul on 23-24 May, brings together the global community to reaffirm solidarity with people affected by crises. 

According to the organisers of the summit, current levels of humanitarian needs are the highest since the Second World War. In the first months of 2016, 125 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Over 60 million

With Germany as the backdrop of teacher unions’ and education ministers’ annual gathering, the plight of refugee children and their education opportunities have become a focus at the Sixth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (Berlin, 3-4 March 2016).

The official theme may be “Teachers’ professional learning and growth: creating the conditions to achieve quality teaching for excellent

IREX - an international non-profit organisation based in the U.S. - launches the "European administrators programme". This professional development programme will allow European teachers and education support personnel to share with and learn from their U.S. counterparts, successful experiences in supporting minorities, refugees and migrants in school communities.

The programme includes training

On 8 October 2015, EI affiliate in the USA, the American Federation of Teachers, adopted a resolution to express its solidarity and commitment to promote a global migration policy that emphasises human and labour rights and inclusive development. The union resolved to lobby the government to promote a global strategy of fair-share resettlement of migrants across countries, including the U.S. The