Integrating asylum seekers and refugees into higher education in Europe : national policies and measures

Author(s) : European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice

Source : http://dx.doi.org/10.2797/548910

Abstract:

« What role did higher education play in addressing the refugee crisis? Many asylum seekers and refugees entering Europe in 2015 and 2016 were in the typical higher education age range and had been enrolled in university programmes in their home country. However, while continuing to study may be benefi cial both for individuals and for host countries, integrating people who have escaped major confl ict, who may be traumatised and who may lack language and other skills is far from a simple task. You will discover that in a majority of countries there is no specifi c policy approach on this matter and that only six higher education systems monitor the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into their institutions. Nevertheless, good practice can be found in a few countries on issues such as recognition of undocumented qualifi cations, support to language learning, provision of fi nancial support and personal guidance services. The aim of this report, planned in the wake of two years of increased levels of migration, is to assess to what extent national systems have developed policy and measures to respond to the needs of asylum seekers and refugees. The report is divided into two parts: the fi rst presents a selection of indicators on migratory fl ows; the second part off ers an overview of policies and strategies across 35 European countries for the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into higher education.« 
Keywords:   access to education, child of migrant, education of foreigners, education policy, educational reform, higher education, integration into employment, integration of migrants, re-integration into school, refugee, right to education, social integration

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