UNHCR statistical yearbook 2014

This report highlights that by end-2014, 59.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence, or human rights violations. This is 8.3 million persons more than the previous year (51.2 million). An estimated 13.9 million individuals were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution in 2014. This includes 11.0 million… Read more


Refugees and education: mass public schooling without a nation-state

This article examines the schooling that is provided in the world’s refugee camps. The limitations provided both by the nature of schooling itself and by the international refugee relief system are explored. It is concluded that there are three separate paradoxes making problematic the development of refugee education programmes. The first is the challenge that… Read more


Learning independence: education in emergency and transition in Timor-Leste since 1999.

This study looks at how schooling in East Timor was affected by the political violence and human displacement that followed the consultation held in September 1999 to decide its constitutional future. The reports makes a critical examination of the steps taken to re-establish education under the auspices of the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor… Read more


Educating children in conflict zones

This book examines the challenges of delivering quality education to the approximately 39 million out-of-school children around the world who live in situations affected by violent conflict. The volume provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the links between conflict and children’s access to education, as well as a review of the policies and approaches… Read more


Higher education as the catalyst of recovery in conflict-affected societies

This article examines the role of higher education in the recovery of conflict-affected societies and argues that while the sector is typically a very low reconstruction priority, it has the potential, if addressed strategically, to act as a catalyst for effective and sustainable post-war recovery. The article begins by contextualising higher education within broader debates… Read more


Educational assessment of Syrian refugees in Turkey

Turkey hosts a large number of Syrian refugees, and has undergone many demographic changes as a result. This work refers to uniquely gathered dataset from AFAD and UNHCR in order to understand the current demography of Syrian refugees. It particularly focuses on the current educational assessment of Syrian child refugees in Turkey. The findings indicate that there is a significant… Read more


The educational rights of asylum seeking children: observing failure

This article is based on observations of the educational facilities provided for asylum seeking children detained on Christmas Island. These observations are situated within international and domestic legal and policy frameworks addressing the educational rights of asylum seeking children. The article argues that challenges such as the effects of institutionalisation on children and their parents, and the absence… Read more


UNRWA’s ten youth commitments

By 2020, refugee youth (refugees aged 14-29) will number over 1.5 million. This represents an overall 6 per cent rise since 2010: 4 per cent in Jordan, 8 per cent in the West Bank and 15 per cent in Gaza. UNRWA’s ten youth commitments are in the areas of education, health, vocational training, microfinance, scholarships, skills development, rights, partnerships,… Read more


The role of education in contributing to safety and well-being in conflict settings

The purpose of this report was to provide a summary of existing research on the non-academic benefits of education in a conflict setting. The review seeks to identify particular educational interventions and contextual factors that may influence outcomes in the associated area. In general terms, the range of interventions under each section are categorised as either… Read more


World at war: UNHCR global trends – forced displacement in 2014

Global forced displacement has seen accelerated growth in 2014, reaching unprecedented levels. The year saw the highest displacement on record. By end-2014, 59.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence, or human rights violations. This is 8.3 million persons more than the year before (51.2 million) and the… Read more


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