Missing out: refugee education in crisis

This report tells the stories of some of the world’s six million refugee children and adolescents under UNHCR’s mandate who are of primary and secondary school-going age between 5 and 17. In addition, it looks at the educational aspirations of refugee youth eager to continue learning after secondary education. Education data on refugee enrolments and… Read more


The right to education for refugees and internally displaced persons: data gaps and challenges

On Human Rights Day, Ruth Naylor, co-author of our HEART topic guide on education for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in low- and middle-income countries, highlights the data gaps and challenges to addressing educational needs for this largely invisible group.   Education is a fundamental human right. Legally, every individual across the world is… Read more


Education and displaced populations: with not for

Joseph Munyambanza, a refugee from the DRC, started teaching fellow refugees in Uganda in his early teens, whilst studying at secondary school. In his keynote speech in Berlin, at “Education for a better future – creating prospects for displaced populations”, he described how he had joined with other refugee youth in his camp to form… Read more


The school bus project: mobile education for refugees

The objective of this case study is to support the development of innovative and inclusive educational spaces for Calais refugees that are responsive to their needs and capacities and to the changing dynamics of the camp. Using an action research approach, this innovation aims to convert a bus into a mobile school that not only houses classrooms,… Read more


The challenge of education: the future of Syria – refugee children in crisis

Over 1.1 million Syrian children have registered as refugees with UNHCR worldwide. Of this number, some 75 per cent are under the age of 12. Children represent 52 per cent of the total Syrian refugee population, which now exceeds 2.2 million. The majority live in Syria’s neighbouring countries, with Jordan and Lebanon combined hosting more… Read more


Uprooted: the growing crisis for refugee and migrant children

Around the world, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced – and this is a conservative estimate. More than half of these girls and boys fled violence and insecurity – 28 million in total. Children in these contexts are among the most vulnerable people and this vulnerability is only getting worse…. Read more


Emergency economies: the impact of cash assistance in Lebanon

This report describes the impacts of the winter cash transfer programme run by UNHCR and partners from November 2013 to April 2014. The programme gave $575 USD via ATM cards to 87,700 registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon with the objective of keeping people warm and dry during cold winter months. This research measured the impacts… Read more


Youth clubs: psychosocial intervention with young refugees

This paper describes the theoretical framework, implementation and evaluation of Youth Clubs, a community-based psychosocial intervention implemented during the war years with the aim of supporting the psychosocial recovery and reintegration of young refugees in Serbia. The evaluation study confirmed that Youth Clubs are an efficient intervention that reduces suffering and prevents a negative outcome… Read more


Education of refugees in Uganda: relationships between setting and access

This research seeks to explore the education of refugee children in Uganda. Specifically, it addresses the multiple ways in which refugees access education and the social effects of the differing forms of education on the creation of stability for refugee children. Conditions in Uganda have allowed the development of four distinct arenas in which the… Read more


Global trends: forced displacement in 2015

This report notes that on average 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015. This is four times more than a decade earlier, when six people fled every 60 seconds. The study tracks forced displacement worldwide based on data from governments, partner agencies and UNHCR’s own reporting. It found a total 65.3 million people were… 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


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