Research suggests that children from refugee backgrounds living in countries of resettlement, such as Australia, can experience:

  • loss and trauma
  • difficulties adjusting to a new culture and environment
  • poverty and deprivation, and
  • discrimination in their host country.

Further to this, students from refugee backgrounds may also require additional learning support to engage with the Australian education system due to limited English language capabilities, missed or interrupted schooling, and unfamiliarity with Western curricula and schooling approaches.

For refugee youth transitioning to mainstream schools in their host country, pre- and post-migratory experiences have the potential to impact on their integration, wellbeing and academic achievement. For these reasons, a significant body of literature has examined how schools can best support students from refugee backgrounds (see Miller et al., 2018; Baak et al., 2019).

In this report, the authors discuss the findings from an Australian study of school practices which aimed to promote the wellbeing and academic development of refugee students.

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