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Refugees’ Access to Higher Education

Synonyms

Asylum seekers; Refugees; Social rights

Definition

In a context of increasing numbers of displaced people, including from countries with well-established education systems, refugees’ access to Higher Education has gained prominence as a political and research issue. Backed by different actors, refugees’ access policies appear diversely entrenched in human rights and migration framework depending on national and local settings.

Setting the Scene for an Emerging Issue

Refugees’ and asylum seekers’ access to universities is not per se a new topic. Over the last centuries, Higher Education (HE) systems or institutions have regularly faced influxes of academics and students seeking protection, who have also participated in transforming higher education in their countries of destination (see for example, Bentwich 1953; Reisman 2007; Ferté and Barrera 2009).

The novelty of the issue as it stands in the 2010 decade results from the unseen numbers of people displaced, reaching dozens...

Keywords

  • Recourse
  • Higher Education (HE)
  • United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Australian Catholic University (ACU)

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Goastellec, G. (2018). Refugees’ Access to Higher Education. In: Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_421-1

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