A European approach towards giving more access for students with a refugee background in higher education can only be achieved by more joint and coordinated efforts of European universities and initiatives in refugee integration in higher education.   On this page you can find links to relevant websites, related Erasmus+ projects and European initiatives. fez fezf

REACT – Refugees and Recognition

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The overall goal of this Erasmus+ project is to enhance the mobility, employability and access to further studies for refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation – including those without official documentation of their educational background.

The project builds on the recently completed Erasmus+ project “Refugees and Recognition”, which developed a common methodological approach to the recognition of refugees’ qualifications. Taking this work a step further, the REACT-project will develop and test this methodology in major refugee-receiving countries and in cooperation with higher education institutions.

The aim is to establish a more efficient and consistent approach to the recognition of refugees’ qualifications in Europe.

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S.U.C.RE. focuses on the response of the Universities to the academic needs of refugees/migrants students and scholars and to the formation of good practices guidelines through the development of training modules addressed to voluntary sector working in the field with the specific population.  Specifically, the project focuses on the processes required for the proper integration of refugees/migrants (students and scholars) in higher education as well as on their academic support after their acceptance/entrance in a University. In addition, it focuses on the psychosocial integration/support of refugees/migrants and their proper information on legal and health issues. S.U.C.RE. aims at creating educational/training material to be properly used by practitioners and interested parties.

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In the current refugee challenge in Europe, the social dimension of Higher Education (HE) is concerned with providing opportunities for refugees to participate in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). inHERE strengthens knowledge sharing, peer-support and academic partnership to facilitate integration and access of refugees in European Universities.

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Rapid Response Mechanism

The Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies and Conflict-affected Societies (RRM) is a multi-stakeholders project in the making, aimed at providing more, better and faster academic opportunities for students in crisis situations at large, who are either in vulnerable situations or face humanitarian emergencies created by wars, conflicts and natural disasters.

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Global Platform for Syrian Students

The Global Platform for Syrian Students is a non-profit multi-stakeholders organisation, founded in November 2013. This initiative is unique in that it effectively brings together the efforts and the contributions of the various stakeholders willing to back an emergency mechanism to support Syrian students: governments, international and regional organisations, donor agencies, universities, foundations, NGOs of different cultural backgrounds and faith-based organizations, the private sector and individuals. Through a Network of Partners, an Academic Consortium, and a Special Emergency Fund, the Global Platform for Syrian Students works in a collaborative way.

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UNESCO 2019 report on migration

The 2019 GEM Report will continue its assessment of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal on education (SDG4) and its 10 targets, as well as other related education targets in the SDG agenda.  The Report will also present evidence on the scale and characteristics of different types of migration, and national differences in migration policies and patterns in relation to education.

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