IMMERSE Research Project – EU Horizon 2020

Project Consortium

IMMERSE consortium involves 11 partners from 6 countries:

  • 3 universities specialized in migration and childhood studies
  • 2 public administrations with competences in migration and education
  • 3 NGOs focused on child’s rights, integration and protection
  • 2 companies experts in social innovation and stakeholder engagement
  • 1 technology-based company specialised in digital transformation

Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE | SPAIN

Zabala Innovating Consulting | SPAIN

INFODEF Instituto para el Fomento del Desarrollo y la Formación | SPAIN

Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social | SPAIN


University College Cork | IRELAND

Save The Children Italy | ITALY

DOZ E. V. International | GERMANY

Active Citizen Europe | BELGIUM

Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete | GREECE

Panteion University of Social and Political Studies | GREECE

Universidad Pontificia Comillas


Project coordinator

The University Institute of Studies on Migration (IUEM) – was established by COMILLAS Pontifical University in 1994 as a centre specialized in research to respond to the complexity and the political and social transformations produced by the migratory event.

Zabala Innovation Consulting


International consultancy specialized in services of R&D Innovation management and technology transfer projects, particularly in European programs. Zabala has also a wide experience on Social innovation with 16 years working for social development and human rights in 12 countries in Latin America cooperating with more than 10 International institutions.

DOZ E. V. International


DOZ e.V. is a non-profit organization based in Leipzig, Germany and working in Syria, Iraq, and Germany. In Syria and Iraq, DOZ’s work is centred on aid and protection in local communities and with IDPs, peacebuilding and the prevention of violent extremism. In Germany, DOZ works at the interfaces of civic education, education, violence prevention work and anti-discrimination with Diaspora and local communities.

INFODEF Instituto para el Fomento del Desarrollo y la Formación


Private and independent centre for Research, Development and Innovation. INFODEF designs innovative tools, methodologies, products and services that respond to current social and economic challenges and enable to anticipate and drive the changes needed to achieve future goals and objectives in society.

Observatorio Español del Racismo y la Xenofobia (OBERAXE). Ministerio de Trabajo, Migraciones y Seguridad Social


OBERAXE was constituted through the Article 71 from the Organic Law 4/2000 under the Secretariat of State for Migrations. It was vested with the tasks of promoting equal treatment, non-discrimination and fighting against racism and xenophobia; collecting and analyzing information on racism and xenophobia; and cooperating and coordinating with various public and private stakeholders, nationally and internationally.



Inetum is an agile IT services company that provides digital services and solutions, and a global group that helps companies and institutions to get the most out of digital flow. In a context of perpetual movement, where need and usages are constantly being reinvented, the Inetum group is committed towards all these players to innovate, continue to adapt, and stay ahead. With its multi-expert profile, Inetum offers its clients a unique combination of proximity, a sectorial organization, and solutions of industrial quality. Operating in more than 26 countries, the Group has nearly 27,000 employees and in 2020 generated revenues of €1.966 billion.

University College Cork


This research-led University plays a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. UCC is one of the premier research institutions in Ireland and it is ranked in the top 4 % of universities worldwide based on the quality of its research output and peer esteem. Researchers at UCC collaborate with close to 700 of the world’s top universities across 110 countries. The UCC research team are members of the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21). ISS21 has developed particular expertise in research on childhood, youth, migration, family and gender, and has hosted numerous research projects on childhood and youth studies (funded by the Irish Research Council), as well as participating in a major Norface-funded project on transnational families (TCRAfEu 2010-2013) and a H2020 project on youth migration (YMobility 2015-2018).

Save the Children Italy


Established in late 1998 as a non-profit organization and started its activities in 1999. Today, Save the Children Italy is a Non-Governmental Organization recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that operates both in developing countries and in Italy. The mission of Save the Children Italy is to protect children’s rights, delivering immediate and lasting improvements to their lives worldwide, applying a child-rights-based approach. STC IT works on education, poverty and deprivation, child trafficking and migrant children.

Active Citizen Europe


Active Citizen Europe (ACE) vzw/asbl is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels that works with young people to foster their integration within society through innovative and participatory programmes, advocacy, intercultural work and the promotion of citizenship education to give them the tools to create dialogue, constructive debate and real action in a multicultural society.

Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete


Public administrative Agency under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece. Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete implements the educational policy of the Ministry as far as schooling is concerned, connects local education agents to central services and organizations, supervises the Regional Centre of Educational Design of Crete and administers all the school units of primary and secondary education of Crete.

Panteion University of Social and Political Studies


The European Training and Research Center on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action (EKEKDAAD) of Panteion University of Social and Political Studies, Department of International European and Regional Studies, was established in 2005 to further research and intensive training seminars and simulations on human rights and humanitarian action. Since 2013 the Center has been involved in Erasmus Intensive Seminars on Civil Protection and Humanitarian Action with the migrationcrisis as a basic case study. The Center comprises two Jean Monnet Chairs, one on Human Rights and the EU and the second on EU Solidarity in Civil Protection and Humanitarian Action (Holder Prof. Maria Daniella Marouda) and a UNESCO Chair on Human rights, Peace and Democracy (Prof. St. Perrakis). EKEKDAAD organizes lectures, annual seminars and international summer schools, participates in International Moot Court competitions, international UN models and European research projects.

Project Objectives

Main Objectives

IMMERSE aims to enhance the socio-educative inclusion of refugee and migrant children in Europe in order to foster the construction of inclusive and cohesive societies.

IMMERSE main goal is to define a new generation of indicators on the integration and socio-educational inclusion of refugee and migrant children in Europe.

IMMERSE aims to incorporate all relevant stakeholders (children and their families, researchers, NGOs, policymakers, educators or learning institutions) in the co-creation and validation of a dashboard of indicators. This will lead to data that best reflects the particular needs and expectations of the relevant stakeholders.

IMMERSE researchers will collect and monitor data related to the selected indicators from children age 6-18 years old in 6 European countries: Belgium, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Spain. IMMERSE will develop an innovative and ICT-supported solution to carry out data collection (onboarding platform) and data visualization and analysis (dashboard of indicators).

Specific Objectives

  1. Listen to and include the voices of refugee and migrant children to consider their experiences and design better social and educational integration systems in order to enhance their skills and general welfare.
  2. Identify the main parameters and indicators affecting migrant children’s socio -educational integration that are key to consider in order to improve refugee and migrant children’s integration and the host society’s preparation.
  3. Take advantage of current data sources and data analysis systems regarding refugee and migrant children to work towards the improvement and visibility of parameters that challenge and support their successful integration into the host societies.
  4. Collect and monitor data regarding refugee and migrant children integration in learning environments and migrant reception centres across 6 European countries.
  5. Support the activity of the EU, its member states, NGOs and other associations that work on refugee and migrant children’s integration by facilitating the access to reliable data and to recommendations and best practises.
  6. Raise awareness about what integration means for EU and for refugee and migrant children and to demonstrate how schools and other educational and experiential environments can contribute to improving their social integration and to support the development of intercultural societies.
  7. Encourage policymakers, school and other learning and experiential environments to take action to assure access to integration programmes of refugee and migrant children. children.

Project Activities and Achievements

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 822536.The dissemination of results herein reflects only the author’s view, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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