The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) was awarded a grant by the European Commission European fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals to implement a transnational project entitled “Young Migrant Women in Secondary Education – Promoting integration and mutual understanding through dialogue and exchange”. The project ran for 18 months and ended in June 2011.

Project Partners:

  1. Centre of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities (CREA)  – University of Barcelona (Spain)
    http://www.pcb.ub.es/crea/
  2. Centre for Rights, Equalities and Social Justice (CRESJ)- Institute of Education, University of London (UK)
    http://www.ioe.ac.uk/research/169.html
  3. Department of Sociology- Panteion University, Athens (Greece)
    http://www.panteion.gr/index.php/sociology-mainmenu
  4. Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER)- University of Malta, (Malta)
    http://www.um.edu.mt/emcer/about

Aims and objectives:

The main aim of the project was to explore how the intersection of gender and ethnic stereotyping produces forms of exclusion and marginalization as experienced by young migrant women in the context of secondary education, and to identify the gaps between mainstream integration measures and young migrant women’s needs using a critical gender perspective. The project also aimed to develop policy recommendations aimed at improving the quality of existing structures and services in the educational context to reflect the different needs of young migrant women.

Project Results:

  • A comparative literature review to map existing integration policies in the education system;
  • The undertaking of new research in each participating member state, using qualitative methods in secondary school context with students, parents and educators to examine if current policies address their needs and experiences and take into account factors such as diverse religious background, migration paths and statues, language needs;
  • The organization of homogenous and cross-ethnic discussion groups in the 5 countries with the aim to provide insights, analysis and knowledge of the experiences of young migrant women as well as identification of good practices reflecting their specific needs. The discussions will also involve European experts on gender and ethnic relations;
  • Draft recommendations on how to implement more flexible and focuses measures that address the different and specific needs of young migrant women in the secondary education;
  • The organization of press conferences in all partner countries to present the research results;
  • Creation of transnational cooperation networks through the organization of a one-day roundable discussion in Cyprus;
  • Publication of project information leaflets;
  • Publication of a resource book which will incorporate the five country research reports including policy recommendations for the future;
  • Organization of a European Conference involving key stakeholders and experts with the main theme being the development of an integration model responsive to the particular needs of young migrant women in the secondary education.

For more information please contact the Project Coodinator, Josie Christodoulou at josie@medinstgenderstudies.org.