22 February 2024

'The Impact on Education: Policies, Practices and Trends.'

presented by

Professor Daniel Faas

Migration flows impact national education systems with challenges and opportunities linked to inclusion, identity as well as curriculum development. This also begs the question of how to balance cultural, religious and linguistic diversity with social cohesion. Following an introduction into transatlantic theoretical approaches to the study of migration, this seminar compares and contrasts policies and practices in so-called old migration host societies (such as Australia, South Africa, Netherlands, Britain, United States, Canada, Germany, Denmark) as well as so-called new migration host societies (such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Greece, Poland, Ireland, Portugal). Some countries have historically adopted a more monocultural or assimilationist approach whilst others have made multiculturalism or interculturalism part of their public policy framework.

Our discussion not only situates the educational responses into broader governmental approaches to migration, but also considers two important policy indices: The Multiculturalism Policy Index and the Migrant Integration Policy Index. Our overarching goal is to examine the main converging and diverging trends to the challenge of migration across societies.