Call For Papers: Refugees Education and Experience

Call for Papers: Refugees Education and Experience

Volume 5, No. 4, November, 2018

Editors: Kostas Magos, University of Thessaly/Greece; Mary Margaroni, University of Thessaloniki/Greece

Although education is a basic human right, enshrined in the United Nations 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1951 Refugee Convention, recent research shows that children of refugees are five times more likely to be out of school than the global average. Only 50 per cent of refugee children have access to primary education, while the global average is more than 90 per cent. The gap widens for refugee adolescents of whom only 22 per cent have the opportunity to attend secondary school, compared to a global average of 84 per cent. At the higher education level, fewer than one per cent of refugees attend university, compared to a 34 per cent level globally. (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2016).

Dire circumstances such as war force populations to become refugees, and to leave behind the people and places they know and are familiar with. Displacement to an unfamiliar host society and the difficulties that accompany the transition may create emotions associated with loss and confusion. Popular prejudices that refugees (now especially Muslim refugees) are dangerous, may give rise to xenophobia, racist behavior, and low asylum approval rates--factors which are deeply unfavorable for refugees education.

This themed issue seeks manuscripts that focus on Refugees Education and Experience from a global perspective. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Education policy for refugees
  • Refugee inclusion in schools and communities
  • Specific curricula
  • Alternative forms of refugee education: non formal and informal education
  • Traumatic life experiences and education
  • Refugee women and education
  • Working with refugee parents
  • The role of the language in refugee education

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words in length with at least ten literature sources as an additional attachment and contact information for all authors to magos@uth.gr and marymargaroni@enl.auth.gr by September 2017. Abstracts will be reviewed for fit. You will be informed if the manuscript is invited for review by the 1st of October 2017. Full manuscripts are due by the 1st of March 2018. Authors of articles selected for review are required to participate in a blind review of two articles submitted for publication in the same issue.