Higher education for refugees: from micro efforts to macro effects?

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In a world that continuously deals with war and conflict, the Syrian war has been a catalyst of the current refugee crisis since 2011. Thousands of refugees and internally displaced people are in need of humanitarian aid and a place to rebuild their lives. These people increasingly include children, who are becoming more prone to becoming refugees, due to the changing nature of contemporary war. In this thesis, it is argued that higher education for youth is a way of supporting refugee students both on the short and the long term at once. This idea of linking relief, rehabilitation and development is supported by the international non-governmental organization SPARK. Using a large-scale survey from SPARK, a scale was created to test the integration of young refugees and their willingness contribute to future reconstruction. This thesis has shown that this connection between both constructs, powered by education, is more apparent than the current academic debate suggests it to be. The students that were better integrated showed to be more willing to contribute to reconstruction, than those who scored lower on the integration scale. However, reported gender differences and language barriers indicate the need for continued education to overcome these obstacles.
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