According to the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, more than 1 million people sought refuge in Germany since 2015, many of them school age children. This raises the question: how does Germany ensure the given right to education for these children? How are migrant and refugee children being integrated into the formal school system in Germany?
In order to address these questions and facilitate exchange between representatives from Kosovo and their German counterparts, CDBE organized a Study Visit to the two federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg on the topic of school integration of migrant and refugee children. The delegation from Kosovo, headed by General Secretary Alush Istogu of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), was composed of other representatives from MEST, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Municipal Education Directorates as well as civil society organizations.
In both Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, the delegation had the opportunity to visit the respective state ministries of education, different schools as well as civil society organizations – thereby getting a comprehensive insight into the system of school integration in Germany. These insights showed that the approach of how to ensure the sustainable integration of migrants and in the case of Kosovo returnee children needs to be adapted to the given individual circumstances and should involve all relevant stakeholders, ranging from the different institutions at national and local level to civil society.
GIZ/ CDBE would like to thank all participants and hosting organizations for their active participation in the facilitation of the study visit.