Encyclopedia of Teacher Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Refugee Background Students and Teacher Education

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_193-1


Today there are 70.8 million individuals who are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of oppression, conflict, and widespread violence. 81,300 refugees were sent to states for resettlement in 2018 with a total of 111,000 unaccompanied and separated child refugees reported (UNHCR 2019, p.2). It is a period with one of the highest rates of displaced persons and one of extraordinary human mobility with more than half of the global refugee population coming from just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan, and South Sudan. Although 84% of refugees worldwide are hosted by countries in the Global South – with Turkey hosting the greatest number, followed by Lebanon, Uganda, and Kenya – European countries such as Germany and Sweden are also experiencing an unprecedented increase in refugee flows (UNHCR 2019). Currently, the international discourse on refugees concentrates on the social, economic, and security features of forced migration. However, political rhetoric, though...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jane Wilkinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia