Supporting higher education key to resettling Syrian refugees

Refugee children Higher education Students

Last month, the Australian Government announced that it will open the door to 12,000 refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria, focusing its resettlement efforts on women and children. 7000 people will be settled in New South Wales alone, with a great number of these likely to join the existing Syrian community in Southwest Sydney. This will pose a huge challenge for schools and social services. Around half of displaced Syrian children have been unable to continue their education. Young men express shame and depression at their inability to study in camps. Education is a vital aspect of humanitarian resettlement in that it offers opportunities to develop cultural understanding, psychosocial wellbeing and employability skills. To allow them to rebuild lives successfully in Australia, equal access to education must be guaranteed.

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