Bridging the Access Gap: A Comparison of Educational Opportunities of Young Newcomers in the European Union (January 2019 – December 2020)

Between 2015 and 2016, more than 2.2 million teenagers and young adults migrated to or within the European Union. Given their oftentimes interrupted education, access to schools and vocational training programs is crucial for these 16- to 25-year-olds.

In this research project, The Expert Council’s Research Unit compares the educational opportunities of young refugees and other newly-migrated 15- to 24-year-olds in selected member states of the European Union. The research focusses on (barriers to) access to secondary and post-secondary education as well as salient pathways and support services for newcomers.

The two-year project was funded by Stiftung Mercator. Initial findings were published in January 2020 in a policy brief. The final study was published in German in November 2020, the English version of the final report was published in December 2020.


Policy Brief

A matter of luck? Newcomers and their access to vocational education and training in Germany


Out of the maze. Easing the path to vocational education and training for young newcomers in Europe

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