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Education of Migrant Students
Education of Migrant Students

Currently, there are 6.3 million migrant children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Even though, most countries in the region guarantee the right to education and allow school enrollment of migrant children regardless of their migratory status, they continue to face a series of administrative, socioeconomic and emotional challenges that limit their access, learning and integration.

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Currently, there are 6.3 million migrant children in Latin 
America and the Caribbean. Even though, most countries in 
the region guarantee the right to education and allow school 
enrollment of migrant children regardless of their migratory 
status, they continue to face a series of administrative, 
socioeconomic and emotional challenges that limit their 
access, learning and integration. Those who left their 
countries of origin under difficult circumstances may suffer 
trauma. Many lack the official identification papers they need 
to enroll in school. Many do not speak the local language, and 
their schooling may have been interrupted.

The IDB supports governments in the region to help integrate migrant children and their families into local communities so they might realize their potential and contribute to their communities and recipient countries. The support includes a spectrum of strategies, ranging from swift enrollment of newly arrived migrant children, assessment of every child for accurate grade-level placement, access to educational tools and materials, and development of socio emotional skills, to teacher training in multicultural education, remedial education, intercultural bilingual education, and immersion language education.

Migrants Improving lives of migrant children

The IDB supports a 4-pronged approach to integrate migrant students into school communities.

Research Research

The IDB provides knowledge and expertise to assess the situation and understand the needs of migrant students and their families, exploring what works to help migrant students excel in school and life.

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Additional resources to explore the IDB’s work to support migrant students .

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