Access to Higher Education and the economic integration of refugees

Access to Higher Education and the economic integration of refugees

Those that take flight from their home country due to warzone conflicts or are victims of attempted genocide, therefore seeking shelter in another land, always have a history. They probably went to school, many would have worked, and in the process acquired various qualifications and skills.

Those educational achievements and artisan values could easily be transported to the host country, contributing to the mutual benefit of both the refugee and his adopted country. Along the way, it would also ensure his social inclusion in a new life and breathing space for him to grow into an upstanding citizen.

If only it was that easy and straightforward. Of course, refugees can achieve academic excellence and show potential even as emerging leaders in the community, but their ambiguous legal status can hold them back. There’s the rub. Here’s reasons why:

  • Thousands of refugees can’t prove they have degrees – diplomas simply left behind in the panic to escape, lost or destroyed. Schemes in place by Call For Duty could help.
  • Recognition and validation of foreign qualifications and skills are often absent, insufficient or unknown. We help to overcome those irregularities.
  • There’s no clear or easy route towards finding a job and workplace integration for migrants and refugees. Often, it can be a matter of starting from scratch and proving abilities by demonstration – that’s if they get an interview for work in the first place.
  • As one told Call For Duty: “When you flee a war, you feel like you’ve lost your identity. It’s buried back there.”

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