Refugees in crisis….education at a glance in Australia…..

http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/1512-Education.pdf

During a recent week we talked about the challenges and areas of opportunities faced by refugees in the education system.  I came across the excellent report which is linked above regarding people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas in Australia put out by the Refugee Council in 2015.  The report offers eight very strong recommendations to the government on how to improve the system and make education more accessible to those who need it the most.  At that time there were 30,000 people who identified as asylum seekers or as a refugee.

Primarily the biggest issue faced by those wishing to attend school was that they were getting charged international student rates, which they couldn’t afford as they were not eligible for student loans.   Another challenge was that even if they could afford the tuition they severely lacked English skills to comprehend the material.  The report evaluated fifteen universities around the country and only four of them offered full tuition coverage.

Overall, I really enjoyed learning about this issue and how to make it better for students, some of the lessons could easily be applied in the USA.

Thanks!

Cheers, Lehi

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4 Responses to Refugees in crisis….education at a glance in Australia…..

  1. erinleighvt

    Being charged international student rates seems like it would make higher education unobtainable for almost all (if not all) refugees/asylum seekers. Sheesh!

    • Lehi Dowell

      You are absolutely correct! That is why they also evaluated scholarships offered by each university…..and only four of them offered full tuition for this category of students.

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

  2. bahoover

    Very interesting. I have always been interested in how much access asylum seekers and refugees have of higher education in countries they’re seeking refuge in.

    • Lehi Dowell

      Yes, I agree. I’ve always been interested in this topic as well. One interesting section in the report speaks to the fact that many of the refugees attend secondary school (like middle school or high school) if they are under the age of 20. Mostly because it’s free but also because they lack the language skills necessary to attend college.

      Thanks!

      Cheers, Lehi

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