Author(s): Strive Tanja*
Integration has been defined as a process by which migrants become accepted in a society that places obligations on host societies to provide access to the labour market and different kinds of services including education. Schools are an important arena for integration as they are among the first places where newly arrived migrant children and families mix with local populations. Schools are important sites for learning local languages and cultural norms as well as forming relationships and new friendships. They also provide key contact points for other support services, and education itself increases the chances for participation in the labour market.