Children and youth with refugee or asylum seeker background, face many hazards and complex situations. Data from UNHCR indicates that globally 77% of refugee children attend primary school, only 31% of refugee youth access secondary education, and a mere 3% access tertiary opportunities, which is a substantially lower rate than their peers. Besides, students of migrant backgrounds are also more likely to dropout and underachieve.
However, existing evidence also shows that this reality can be reversed by promoting quality education, well-being and a sense of belonging among these children. Therefore, education is critical for safety reasons, social inclusion and stability, social and emotional health and represents one of the most effective strategies to promote the integration of migrant children.
This policy brief aims to create an inclusive and evidence-based approach to education and MHPSS, involving all stakeholders and promoting the well-being and academic achievement of children while reducing disparities in educational outcomes.
Read the policy brief here: REFUGE-ED Policy Brief 1