Romanians constitute the fourth migrant group in Greece. Most of them arrive and settle with their wives and children. Therefore, a significant number of Romanian pupils, mainly first generation migrants, attend primary and secondary Greek schools.
This presentation focuses on studying the choices of Romanian parents who live in the area of Western Macedonia concerning the education of their children as well as the degree of integration of the Romanian pupils in the Greek educational system.
As far as Romanian parents are concerned, we investigated the relationship between: a) their intellectual level and the education provided to their children.
Do they learn other foreign languages?
Do they follow the Greek educational model of supplementary after school private education?
Are university studies considered into their plans?
b) Their national identity and the promotion of both Greek and Romanian education.
Do they opt for a multicultural education?
Are both Greek and Romanian cultures put into practice in their education?
As for the Romanian children:
Which is the degree of their integration in the Greek schools? Does their education help them integrate in the Greek society? Does it influence their decision to remain in Greece or return to Romania?
The methodology: The qualitative research interview seeks to describe the meanings of central themes in the life world of the subjects. The main task in interviewing is to understand the meaning of what the interviewees say (Kvale, 1996). Interviews are particularly useful for getting the story behind a participant’s experiences (McNamara, 1999).