Refugee Transitions

In the last two decades, Australian universities have received increasing numbers of students from refugee backgrounds. At this time of widespread international conflict, refugee migration to Australia is set to remain steady, in fact, the 2014–15 refugee and humanitarian program intake is set to provide 13 750 places and the Australian government recently committed to receiving 12 000 people seeking refuge from the Syrian crisis in 2016.

Globally, 46% of the refugee population is aged under 18 years and in Australia, for the 2012–13 program year, the largest proportion of the humanitarian visa applications (those seeking asylum or refugee resettlement) were in the age group of 15–19 years. It is therefore of both local and international significance to explore the consequences of such movements into the Australian higher education (HE) sector and to develop programs and strategies to facilitate students from refugee backgrounds’ (SfRBs) success in their studies.

The findings and recommendations from this project can be found in the project report: (Re)claiming social capital: improving language and cultural pathways for refugee students into Australian Higher Education.

This website is funded from an OLT (Office of Learning and Teaching) funded project titled: (Re)claiming social capital: improving language and cultural pathways for refugee students into Australian Higher Education.