A qualitative exploration of the tertiary education experiences of refugee and asylum seekers in Australia

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Sheikh, Mehak, Koc, Yasin and Anderson, Joel R.. (2019). A qualitative exploration of the tertiary education experiences of refugee and asylum seekers in Australia. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk. 24(4), pp. 346 - 368. https://doi.org/10.1080/10824669.2019.1657867
AuthorsSheikh, Mehak, Koc, Yasin and Anderson, Joel R.
Abstract

The world currently has the highest documented level of displaced people in recorded history. This includes a large number of individuals who are spending their youth as asylum seekers or refugees, which often impedes their access to and engagement with educational pursuits. Given that education has been shown to be a fundamental factor to facilitative resettlement and acculturation for newly-arrived refugee families and individuals, continued research attempting to understand the barriers to accessing education is warranted. This study qualitatively examines the educational experiences (with a focus on access to education) of 10 refugee and asylum-seeking students in Australian tertiary education using thematic analysis on semi-structured interview data. Six themes were identified from the interviews as barriers to or facilitators in accessing education. These are: relationships, emotional well-being, logistics, knowledge, instability, and financial hardship. The findings from this study add to a limited empirical knowledge base on this topic, and improve our understanding of the experiences of accessing education for students with refugee backgrounds. This is discussed in relation to its implications for institutes and policy makers.

Year2019
JournalJournal of Education for Students Placed at Risk
Journal citation24 (4), pp. 346 - 368
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1082-4669
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10824669.2019.1657867
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85071157854
Page range346 - 368
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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