European Commission announces measures to address the refugee crisis: where is education?
On the 3 December, the European Commission released a state of play of the measures to address the refugee crisis. Although it recalls the need for a “comprehensive approach to migration management”, education-related policies are entirely absent from the report that lists financial pledges, relocation schemes, return policies and civil protection mechanisms. The Lifelong Learning Platform and its members strongly regret this oversight. Having already called for an ensured access for refugees to basic public services including education such as provided in Article 27 of Directive 2004/83/EC on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons, the Platform firmly encourages the Member-States to live up to their engagements and the European Commission to facilitate the coordination of efficient educational action plans to address the refugee crisis.