Syrian refugees higher education crisis

The Syrian conflict which started in 2011 has resulted in the displacement of millions of Syrians, extreme loss of life, and societal and physical destruction. Since the start of the war in Syria, an estimated 4.8 million Syrians have registered as refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and North Africa, and approximately 1.17 million have applied for asylum in Europe (Luo and Craddock 2016). One of the most serious consequences of this massive displacement is a “lost generation” of students—i.e., students who are without the financial means or institutional access to continue their education (Watenpaugh 2014). When the conflict is over, Syria’s ability to repair itself will be severely impacted by the dearth of educational opportunities within the country as well as the extremely limited access to education outside of Syria for university-age refugees.


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