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Requalification of (recently) immigrated refugee teachers in Europe

In times of increased migration since 2015, Europe has become a central destination for a high number of migrants and refugees worldwide. Sweden, Germany and Austria are the main target countries for many recently immigrated people from conflict and war zones. Within this group also teachers have come to Europe. The possibilities to acknowledge the qualifications of these highly skilled migrants vary according to the respective national migration policy and the structures of teacher education. Most of these internationally educated academics cannot work as teachers in the host country without further qualification.

R/EQUAL focuses on international networking and the exchange of expertise in the field of higher education activities concerning (recently) immigrated and refugee teachers in Europe. R/EQUAL supports existing programmes at the Universities Stockholm, Vienna, Cologne and the University of Education Weingarten by collaborating on a European level. At the same time, the collected expertise for running a programme in the future is provided for other Higher Education institutions in Europe. On this account open-access-modules will be developed:

  • theoretical framework with a comparative analysis of the current situation of (recently) immigrated and refugee teachers,
  • manual for language learning, in multilingual contexts of higher education,
  • toolbox of educational methods for working on the topic of heterogeneity and school considering the European anti-discrimination policy and
  • general guideline including all results as well as further recommendations to set up a programme for (recently) immigrated and refugee teachers.

R/EQUAL is based on the overall conviction that the project activities need to be carried out together with the target group. Therefore (recently) immigrated and refugee teachers are involved in the development and application of the project results. The chosen participatory approach will be evaluated within the project.

At a glance


Open-access-material for further qualification for (newly) immigrated and refugee teachers


University Vienna

University Stockholm

University of Education Weingarten

Funded by

European Commission, ERASMUS+ Funding Line Strategic University Partnerships


September 2018 until February 2021

Project Management

Dr. Henrike Terhart

Project Team

Petr Frantik

Semra Krieg

Ariane Elshof (International Office)

Dr. Susanne Preuschoff (International Office)

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