The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) is a public university which hosts a total of 42,840 students (2015-16) in grade, master and Phd programs. UAB plays a global leadership role in scientific research in a wide range of disciplines, in which education is included.

UAB occupies a leading position in the most prestigious and influential international university rankings and, in recent years, its impact on research and constantly improving the quality of education have increased, amounting to the following positions of leadership: UAB is the second best Spanish University according to the ranking QS 2016 / 2'017 and ranks 203 of the 500 best universities in the world ranking(89 in Europe).

The University, according to its internationalization strategy, recently created the Office of International Projects that provides specialized support for researchers in the preparation, implementation and economic justification of projects. Regarding to Erasmus +, the UAB coordinates a Masters Erasmus Mundus (Globed), a project of capacity building in the field of higher education (ORACLE) jointly with 5 strategic partners. During the reporting period 2014-2016 has participated as a partner in 30 projects Erasmus +.

With Regard to the Center for Migration Studies (CER-M), created in 2009, is one of the most prestigious centers in Spain in relation to this subject. Its activity is based on the study of migration from a sociological, antropolótgical, legal, political and educational perspective. .It research work is based on quality and excellence, emphasizing the creation of new theoretical and empirical knowledge in order to apply them in the academic world and in the field of migration policy management. CER-M consists of three research groups with the common goal of contributing to migration studies in the field of Social Sciences. The center hosts multidisciplinary research groups with expertise in migration, asylum and refugees, human rights, minorities, xenophobia and racism, issues of citizenship, public policy impacts, analysis of media, education , and ethnographic research.

The three research groups are

  1. The study group on immigration and ethnic minorities (GEDIME)
  2. The Observatory of Public Law (PDI)
  3. The research group in Anthropology of Education, Migration and Children (EMIGRA)

The research group in Anthropology of Education, Migration and Children (EMIGRA) was founded in 2004 and since then, it has been the first producer of anthropological theses focused on educational inequalities and public policies in Spain. The group is specialized in ethnographic and comparative studies of the educational and social processes of immigration, minority groups of children, as well as public policies. Its members belong to the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology or the Department of Systematic and Social Pedagogy.

Dr. Silvia Carrasco Pons is an academic expert in cultural and educational experiences of children of immigrant families, minority and working class, as well as public policies that affect them. Currently she is involved in the following esearch projects:

  1. Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe (, coordinated by Dr. Christianne Timmerman, directed in Spain by Dr. Silvia Carrasco (UAB) and funded by the 7th Framework Program.. EU (2013-2018)
  2. The student mobility and its impact on schooling: types, processes and trends (MOVIBAR), led by Dr. Silvia Carrasco (UAB) and funded by the National MINECO program (2013-2016).
  3. Participation, Experiences and Empowerment for Roma youth (PEER - JUST / A4 / RM / Ares (2014) 250-49-71] aimed at UAB by Dr. Bálint Ábel Bereményi and funded by the 7th Framework Program of the EU ( 2014-2016)

Meanwhile the researcher Rosario Reyes has a degree in classical philology and anthropology. She has an extensive experience in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and is finishing her Phd in social and cultural anthropology entitled "Mobility of students RMB : types, processes and trends " awarded by the MINECO program.


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