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January 2019 – January 2022

Mapping and overcoming integration challenges for migrant children

CHILD-UP researches the social conditions of migrant children’s integration through social participation with the final aim to propose an innovative approach to understand and transform the conditions of social and personal life of migrant children (4-16) and their level of well-being and integration. Concerning the specific challenge requested by this framework, CHILD-UP aims to analyse and support children’s active participation in choosing the ways in which they will integrate, thus avoiding a concept of integration as passive assimilation or simple adaptation to the existing socio-cultural context. First objective is providing a European overview, collection of data and evaluation concerning children’s conditions of living, protection and education. Second objective is providing support for migrant children’s exercise of agency in changing their own conditions of integration and constructing hybrid identities. Third objective is informing policies at the local, national and European level through dissemination and exploitation of research outcomes and tools.

What does CHILD-UP stand for?

Children Hybrid Integration: Learning Dialogue as a way of Upgrading Policies of Participation.


The scope is addressed through the following actions:

  • Background research on migrant children’s condition of integration in Europe and in the seven countries involved in the fieldwork.
  • Quantitative research about problems and opportunities of social protection on the local schools, protection services, educational and mediation agencies, families and community life.
  • Qualitative research on relevant examples of participatory approach in schools and on the perspectives of professionals and children.
  • Evaluative research on relevant examples of dialogic practices.
  • Adoption of generalised gender-sensitive approach to research and intervention.
  • Construction of tools that can be applied in the education systems in Europe.
  • Construction of website and e-platform
  • Involvement of local and international stakeholders


  • Universita Degli Studi di Modena E Reggio Emilia (Unimore) – Italy (project coordinator)
  • European School Heads Association (ESHA) – The Netherlands
  • Fondation dés Regions Européennes pour la Recherche, l’Education et la Formation (FREREF) – France

  • Malmö Universitet (MAU) – Sweden
  • Seinajoen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (SeAMK) – Finland
  • Instituto Internazionale di Diritto Umanitario (IIHL) – Italy
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (UJ) – Poland
  • Université de Liège (ULIEGE) – Belgium
  • University of Northampton Higher Education Corporation (UON) – United Kingdom
  • Zentrum für Forschung, Weiterbildung und Beratung an der Ehs Dresden (ZFWB gGmbH) – Germany

ESHA has an important role in the dissemination work package of the project.
If you have any further questions or need more information, please contact ESHA 

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