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Refugees in HE – Who Cares?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

March 2019

Eurydice has published a report on Integrating Asylum Seekers and Refugees into Higher Education in Europe. The report looks at national policies and measures of this substantial group: of the 2.6 million refugees arriving in Europe in 2015 and 2016, about half were in the age group 18-34: typically associated with higher education.

The report shows that Germany stands out as the most eloquent and comprehensive in the policy response to refugees and Higher Education; other countries do either nothing or have isolated measures on specific aspects like language, funding or guidance. Recognition of qualifications is a significant challenge, in spite of the special provisions for refugees in the Lisbon Recognition Convention. We may note that among Aurora countries, England and the Netherlands stand out among nations that do not refer explicitly to asylum seekers or refugees in national documents related to Higher Education.

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