In January 2019 the Institute took part in the kick-off meeting of the project “Children Hybrid Integration: Learning Dialogue as a way of Upgrading Policies of Participation – CHILD-UP” which was held in Modena (Italy). The project, funded within the EU Horizon 2020 programme, will research the social conditions of migrant children’s integration through social participation, taking in primary account gender differences, legal status and age groups with the final aim to propose an innovative approach to understand and transform their social condition.

It is developed by a partnership coordinated by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) which includes the Center for the Research, Training and Consultancy at the Protestant University of Dresden gGMBH (ZFWB gGMBH), the Jagiellonian University of Krakow (UJ), the University of Liege (ULIEGE), the University of Northampton Higher Education Corporation (UON), the Malmoe University (MAU), the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK), the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), the European School Heads Association (ESHA), and the Fondation des Régions Européennes pour la Recherche, l’Éducation et la Formation (FREREF).

CHILD-UP first specific 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.