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Refugee Education in an International Perspective

On a street in Bamako, there is a huge banner hanging from a wall. It shows the slogan of the poster campaign and photos of different people (refugees).
“Get to know refugees, people like you and me“ – Poster campaign of the UNHCR in Bamako, Mali, June 2015.
Copyright: UNHCR Mali / Seydou Camara
In 2015, the number of worldwide refugees escaping from war, conflict zones and poverty has risen dramatically. Especially in Europe, this has caused a fierce debate about how to treat these refugees. You can find English information on refugee education in Germany on our partner portal eduserver.
On the other hand, the Education Worldwide team has compiled a small webdossier for you on refugee education from an international perspective. The resources are sorted as follows:

International Refugee Aid and Policy

Video still from the end of the animation with the text
Animation "Exam Stress, Syrian Style" | Directed by: Raj Yagnik | Produced by: UNICEF | Project "My Hero"
Copyright: Unicef / My Hero Project / Raj Yagnik

The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is a UN Agency supporting the protection and the rights of refugees all over the world. This includes the right to education, among others.The education site of UNHCR provides information on UNHCR's activities in refugee education. This includes programmes and projects, [...]

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) consists of more than 11,500 individual members and 130 partner organizations in 170 countries. You will find well-known organisations like UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF, World Vision or Save the Children among the members. The website provides ample information on activities, [...]

The Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) was founded in 1999 at the University of Chicago. Meanwhile, the network has more than 300 institutional members in about 40 countries. SAR aims at providing refuge for scholars who face discrimination, censorship, intimidation, or violence in their home countries. The website provides [...]

This publication presents the educational strategy of the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees for 2012 to 2016. The strategy targets young refugees in and from areas of conflict worldwide. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide].

This United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report documents strategies and implementation in terms of child protection, education and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in areas of conflict. Out of the 19 UNHCR priority countries, eight have been chosen for closer analysis. In these eight countries, strategies for all three issues mentioned above have been [...]

"This paper reviews progress made in protecting children of concern to UNHCR - children who are refugees, seeking asylum, stateless or internally displaced - since the report at the 56th session of the Standing Committee in 2012 (EC/63/SC/CRP.13). It highlights the Office's support of States' efforts to improve the accessibility and quality of child protection and education [...]

Overview of the Educational Situtation of Refugees Worldwide

This 2016 issue of NORRAG News focusses on education, educational policy and development for refugees and displaced persons. The single articles are sorted into the following chapters: Editorials - New Challenges For Development And Humanitarian Aid - Education, Skills And Forced Migration: Thematic Priorities (Quality Education And Resilience - Skills Development - Teachers [...]

This publication summarizes the results of a project run in 2003, in which 5 education indicators were applied to 118 refugee camps in 23 countries. These indicators were: * Percentage of the population aged 5 to 17 enrolled in school (M/F) * Percentage of students who successfully completed the school year (M/F) * Student to teacher ratio * Percentage qualified or trained [...]

This publication as of 2011 provides an international, historical overview of the education of refugees in and from areas of conflict. It furthermore exposes the current organisation of refugees' education and analyses problems in its realisation. The text ends with a conclusion and recommendations for an improvement of refugee education. [Abstract: Editors of Education [...]

"The 2011 Global Monitoring Report examines the damaging consequences of conflict for the Education for All goals. It sets out an agenda for protecting the right to education during conflict, strengthening provision for children, youth and adults affected by conflict, and rebuilding education systems in countries emerging from conflict. The Report also explores the role of [...]

This publication provides an overview of the education of refugees in socalled "developping countries". It aims at reviewing the state of the art of refugee education as of 2001, identifying key issues, and presenting best practice examples from different countries. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide].

Research on Refugees and Forced Migration

The international Refugee Research Network was created by researchers from the Center for Refugee Studies,York University, Canada. The website provides information on research activities, publications, other networks and organisation and more. Among others, the network also hosts the website of the initiative [...]

According to their ow statement, IMISCOE is "Europe's largest network of scholars in the area of migration and integration. The network involves 38 member institutes and over 500 scholars from all over Europe and focuses on comparative research, publications, the organization of events, PhD training and awards and communication. (...) [...]

The Migration and Diaspora Studies at the Carleton University in Canada provide a long link list of research centres, associations and networks working on issues like migration, refugees and diaspora. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Text of the quote: 'Only one in two refugee children go to primary school, and one in four to secondary. This is a tragedy. Education is the most important thing a refugee child can carry across borders, and their brightest hope for a better future.'
Quote by António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Source
Copyright: N. Cohen CC0

The library of the Northwestern University, USA, provides a list of journals in the field of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies. Unfortunately, the links to the library catalogue don't work. But the list informs you about the journal titles and the more detailed focus of the respective journal. You can look the journals up on [...]

This list provides you with journals on refugee issues and studies recorded in the EZB. The list is the result of a search with the search terms: title = "refugee*" or "Flüchtl*" or "Flucht*". The traffic light system will indicate your access options to the journal. A green light means free access with no fee. For yellow and [...]

Last Update: 21.06.2023  -

Teaching Material

  1. Teaching about refugees (UNHCR)

News on Refugee Education

  1. Articles with keyword `refugee` in University World News
  1. International Data Alliance for Children on the Move (IDAC)
  2. "Higher Education diversity strategies for migrant and refugee inclusion" - The uni(di)versity atlas of inclusion (2021)
  3. "Education Under Attack 2020" - a study by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA)
  4. ENABLE - Self-learning for Arab refugee children
  5. UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report 2019 was published: Focus on migration & displacement
  6. New blog series by NORRAG and INEE: "Towards Evidence-Based Financing for Education in Emergencies"
  7. Public Libraries in Europe Welcome Refugees
  8. Free digital learning opportunities for migrants and refugees.
    An analysis of current initiatives and recommendations for their further use.
  9. Refugees, displaced persons and education.
    New challenges for development and policy.
  10. 23.10.2017 Double Shift: Syrian refugees / Jordanian schools - a multimedia documentary
  11. Science4refugees initiative to match asylum seekers with academia
  12. Great Britain: Scholarships for refugees (27.04.16) [courtesy translation]
  13. Integration in France: University in Paris admits refugees (27.04.16) [courtesy translation]
  14. Call for papers: Amplifying refugee voices in European educational spaces
  15. Universities in a dangerous world. Defending Higher Education Communities & Values. Scholars at Risk Network 2016 Global Congress
  16. A Chronology of Attacks: Schools a Targets of Terrorism [courtesy translation]
  1. Recognising refugee qualifications is a necessity (University World News 25.03.16)
  1. Scholars at Risk Network
  2. Refugees in Scandinavia: Finnish Integration [courtesy translation]
  3. Turkish schools refuse admittance to Syrian refugee children [courtesy translation]
  1. Policy Paper: Humanitarian Aid for Education: Why It Matters and Why More is Needed

Take a look at Germany

  1. Refugees in Germany: Focus on Education

refugee education – World Education Blog

  1. Why financing needs to be the cornerstone of the Global Refugee Forum in 2023 Externer Link
  2. Our joint pledge to increase financing and coordination and improve education for refugees Externer Link
  3. Benefits and challenges of refugee inclusion: Lessons from Lebanon Externer Link
  4. Cities need to pull their weight in using education to help migrants and refugees feel included Externer Link
  5. Fixing the Past: Conflict, Displacement and Education in Iraq Externer Link

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