Refuge

Refuge is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, Fall

Access to Secondary and Tertiary Education for All Refugees: Steps and Challenges to Overcome
Abstract During situations of displacement, access for refugee youth to secondary educational initiatives is limited at best. However, upon the return of refugees, the national structure of their home country is most often weak and unstable. To...
Aspirations for Higher Education among Newcomer Refugee Youth in Toronto: Expectations, Challenges, and Strategies
Abstract A large percentage of refugees have low levels of education and official language fluency upon arrival in Canada. This paper discusses educational goals of newcomer refugee youth from three communities in Toronto (Afghan, Karen, and Sudanese),...
Beyond Basic Education: Exploring Opportunities for Higher Learning in Kenyan Refugee Camps
Abstract This paper seeks to elucidate the socio-cultural and economic benefits of higher education in refugee contexts. NGO and UNHCR initiatives in Dadaab and Kakuma camps are used as a reference point for discussing the challenges, best practices,...
Citizens of Nowhere: From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus
Citizens of Nowhere: From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus Debi Goodwin Canada: Doubleday Canada, 2010. pp. 326. With one of the worst droughts in over half a century, the population of the Dadaab refugee camps bordering Somalia--originally...
Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid after the 2004 Tsunami
Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid after the 2004 Tsunami Jennifer Hyndman Kumarian Press, Sterling, VA, 2011. pp. xvii, 171. Jennifer Hyndman sets an ambitious goal in this slim volume, nothing less than a re-examination of the way in which...
"Education Changes the World": The World University Service of Canada's Student Refugee Program
Abstract This paper reflects on the origins and development of the Student Refugee Program of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and its significance as a "transformational" force in the lives of individuals and communities. The WUSC...
"Education Is My Mother and Father": The "Invisible" Women of Sudan
Abstract Education plays a significant role in informing the way people develop gender values, identities, relationships, and stereotypes. The education of refugees, however, takes place in multiple and diverse settings. Drawing on a decade of field...
Introduction: Higher Education for Refugees
Young refugee women and men provide hope for the future in the most uncertain and dire of situations. For their families, they represent the chance for more sustainable economic livelihoods; and for their countries of origin, the possibility of more...
"Knowledge in the Service of the Cause": Education and the Sahrawi Struggle for Self-Determination
Abstract This article examines the education strategy of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), the state-in-exile with partial sovereignty on "borrowed territory" in Algeria. The article, which opens with a historical glance at the conflict,...
Observations on EXCOM's 60th Session (2009): Does UNHCR Need (More) EXCOM Conclusions?
Introduction Despite the lack of academic interest in the work of the Executive Committee of the Program of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (EXCOM), there is arguably no forum that is more important in terms of international refugee protection...
Paths to a Future for Youth in Protracted Refugee Situations: A View from the Thai-Burmese Border
Abstract As youth in protracted refugee situations reach adult-hood, the challenges of providing education to them have increased. Along the Thai-Burmese border, some creative approaches are being taken in order to respond to their needs. This article...
Rough Justice: Inside the British Asylum System
Abstract This paper constitutes a detailed analysis and critique of the British asylum system from 1997 until the present day. It covers all the clearly defined areas of government policy, including funding, detention, deportation, human rights,...
Structural Factors Associated with Higher Education Access for First-Generation Refugees in Canada: An Agenda for Research
Abstract Refugees are the least educated migrants upon arrival to Canada. Yet, they invest in Canadian higher education at lower rates than other newcomers. Why might this be? This paper enters this emergent conversation through a review of the...
Tertiary Education for Refugees: A Case Study from the Thai-Burma Border
Abstract The Australian Catholic University (ACU) has, since 2003, been involved in providing tertiary education for young refugees who have fled persecution in Burma to end up in refugee camps in Thailand. This paper examines the origins of the...
The Politics of Formal Schooling in Refugee Contexts: Education, Class, and Decision Making among Congolese in Uganda
Abstract Based on ethnographic research with over four hundred Congolese refugees in Kampala and Kyaka II refugee settlement, Uganda, this article interrogates the politics of education--both historically in the Democratic Republic of Congo and...
The Politics of Higher Education for Refugees in a Global Movement for Primary Education
Abstract In the context of Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), global movements for expanded access to education have focused on primary education. In refugee situations, where one-quarter of refugees do not have...
To Feel at Home Abroad or No Place like Home: Meanings of Displacement in Refugee Studies
Reviewed Books What Has Become of My Life? The Silenced Voices of Refugees in Japan, by Erdal Dogan and Tsuyoshi Amemiya. 197 pp. Paperback. Tokyo: Kinkoh Printing, 2008. Driven From Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants, edited by David...
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