Immigration, Higher Education and the Professional Sector.

Barcelona, March 23rd, 2012


The consolidated research group Esbrina, Subjectivities and contemporary learning environments (2009SGR 0503) of the University of Barcelona, within the framework of the projects Young immigrants' successful journeys into higher education and the professional sector (Generalitat de Catalunya, Secretaria per la immigració - AGAUR. 2010 ARF1 00039) and Repensar el éxito y el fracaso escolar de la Educación Secundaria desde la relación de los jóvenes con el saber (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. EDU2008-03287), announces the international symposium on “Immigration, Higher Education and the Professional Sector”, to be held at the College of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona, on March 23rd, 2012.

Esbrina has carried out other research projects on issues related to diversity and youth, including:


The main aim of the symposium is to present the results of the project Young immigrants' successful journeys into higher education and the professional sector developed by Esbrina, and to foster exchange among professionals who work in this area.

The principal themes of the symposium are:

We invite all people and groups doing research on these themes to contact us about participating.


If you want to attend the symposium you must fill out the registration form.


You can now download the abstracts document (PDF 216KB).

Program Schedule

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Time Activitiy
9:00 – 9:30

Opening remarks

  • Salvador García Fortes. Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty.
  • Juana M. Sancho. Esbrina, consolidated research group, coordinator.
9:30 – 11:30


Moderator: Paulo Padilla-Petry

  • The tutoring process: The responsibility of social and educational networks in young immigrants' successful educational journeys
    Antoni Tort, Núria Simó. Universitat de Vic.
  • Paths and conditions for the academic success of Moroccan youth in Catalonia
    Jordi Pàmies, Marta Bertran, Maribel Ponferrada, Vicenç Casalta, Mustpaha Aloui Sellam. Departament Pedagogía Sistemàtica i Social, EMIGRA CER Migracions, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Key factors for immigrant students' access to the university
    Elena Cano. Departament de Didàctica i Organització Educativa, Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Educational achievement of immigrants in international perspective — the impact of education systems, welfare states and immigration policies
    Janna Teltemann. Institute for Empirical and Applied Sociology (EMPAS). University of Bremen, Germany.
11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 14:00


Moderator: Fernando Herraiz

  • Film Experiments from a Gender Perspective that Narrate the Trajectories of South Asian Immigrant Girls Attending School in Catalonia
    Alterades, Grup Esbrina, Subjectivitats i Entorns Educatius Contemporanis. Montserrat Rifà (UAB), Aida Sánchez de Serdio (UB), Judit Vidiella (UB), Joanna Empain (UB), Verónica Larraín (UB), Alejandra Montané (UB).
  • Children from immigrant families and educational indicators: the case of Catalonia in the European context
    Silvia Carrasco, Ábel Bereményi, Núria Roca, Laia Narciso and Cris Molins, Departament d’Antropologia Social i Cultural, Grup EMIGRA – CER Migracions, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Resilience and school success amongst foreign students in secondary education
    M. Paz Sandín Esteban (coord.), Jaume del Campo Sorribes, Rafael Berger Sacramento, Angelina Sánchez Martí. Membres del Grup de Recerca GREDI 4, Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Pedagogia, Departament de Mètodes d’Investigació i Diagnòstic en Educació.
  • From Graduation to Integration: Successful Immigration?
    Zaihia Zeroulou. Director of the Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Lille 1, France
14:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 16:30


Moderator: Rachel Fendler

  • Successful academic transitions by foreign-born students from post-compulsory secondary school to higher education
    Angelina Sánchez Martí, M. Ángeles Marín Gràcia. Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Biographical narratives of young immigrants about their relationships with the university and the professional sector
    Juana Mª Sancho Gil, Fernando Hernández i Hernández, Fernando Herraiz García, Paulo Padilla-Petry, Rachel Fendler, Judith Arrazola Carballo, Xavier Giró Gràcia, Roser Valenzuela i Segura. Grup de recerca consolidat Esbrina, Universitat de Barcelona.
16:30 – 18:00

Round table: What can we learn from research on immigrant's educational journeys? Contributions for educational and public policy.

Moderator: Fernando Hernández

  • Zaihia Zeroulou. University of Lille 1, France.
  • Janna Teltemann. University of Bremen, Germany.
  • Youcef Allaoui. Social educator and educational psychologist.
  • Marta Comas Sàbat. Technician at Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona. Collaborates with Fundació Jaume Bofill.
  • Gené Gordó i Aubarell. Subdirectora general de Suport i Atenció a la Comunitat Educativa, Departament d'Ensenyament.
18:00 – 18:30

Closing remarks.

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Departament de Didàctica i Organització Educativa

Universitat de Barcelona


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