Refugee Children in the UK

Refugee Children in the UK

Refugee Children in the UK

Refugee Children in the UK

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There are few aspects of education in urbanised societies such as the United Kingdom that demonstrate better the challenges, opportunities and contradictions facing contemporary educators and policy makers than the questions raised by the presence of refugees. Their migration certainly demonstrates the global nature of our society, the mobility of peoples, the linguistic diversity of many communities and the tensions and animosities that are all too often manifested in and around schools. But of course the presence of refugees also provides a broader cultural base for schools, a broader pool of talent and skill and an opportunity for a 'tolerant' and 'civilised' society, such as this one is claimed to be by many politicians, to demonstrate its support for human rights, social justice and diversity.

Jill Rutter is outstandingly well-qualified to write this book. She has worked in a variety of situations which have given her an unparalleled range of experiences with migrant and refugee populations in the UK and overseas. A former London school teacher, she moved to work as Education Adviser for the Refugee Council in 1988. Here she kept a diary of her experiences, which is one of several sources she draws upon in this volume. In 2001 she moved to the Education Department of London Metropolitan University. As well as preparing student teachers in the subject of citizenship, she has undertaken a number of research projects relating to refugee and migrant children, most recently a study of the educational implications of the asylum-migration nexus.

As editors of this series on Education in Urbanised Societies we are delighted that such a pre-eminent scholar in the field has contributed this book to the series. We are certain that it will be of enormous value to a wide range of interested parties, including teachers, voluntary sector workers, campaigning groups and policy makers. Jill offers a thorough historical account of the history of refugee and asylum policy and provision in the UK

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