ERIC Number: EJ1046948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
A Policy of Vulnerability or Agency? Refugee Young People's Opportunities in Accessing Further and Higher Education in the UK
Gateley, D. E.
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v45 n1 p26-46 2015
The UK government's austerity cuts have negatively impacted many voluntary-sector interventions that provided support to refugees. One such intervention, the Refugee Integration and Employment Service (RIES), is discussed in this paper. The RIES was a UK Border Agency-funded integration programme for recognised refugees and operated through voluntary-sector organisations nationwide. Findings of this small, qualitative study tentatively suggest that without bespoke support such as RIES, refugees will struggle to make informed "and" strategic decisions about their future education choices, restricting their ability to exercise autonomous agency. Current UK policy of counting refugees alongside other types of migrants will not cater for the specificity and multiplicity of issues faced by refugee young people. This will inhibit their opportunities and increase vulnerabilities, compounding their precarious position in UK society.
Descriptors: Refugees, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Intervention, Decision Making, Personal Autonomy, Academic Aspiration, Futures (of Society), Educational Attainment, Social Services, Budgets, Retrenchment, Land Settlement, Public Policy, Employment, Higher Education, Educational Opportunities, Case Studies, Interviews, Consultants, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom