The prior life experiences of refugee youth

Loshini Naidoo, Jane Wilkinson, Misty Adoniou, Kiprono Langat

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The chapter focuses on the pre-settlement educational experiences and aspirations of refugee background youth. It highlights the need to understand the highly differentiated prior life experiences of refugee background students. Despite having faced similar experiences, such as conflict and prolonged displacement, each refugee background student has dealt with different circumstances. Data for the chapter is drawn from both the major study recounted in this book, as well as a later study examining educational aspirations and expectations of those with approved United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) refugee status who remain offshore, awaiting their resettlement to host countries. This chapter gives voice to refugee youth attending Australian universities, drawing on personal sto- ries and vignettes to capture their heterogeneous prior life experiences, and their educational experiences and aspirations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRefugee Background Students Transitioning Into Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationNavigating Complex Spaces
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789811304200
ISBN (Print)9789811304194
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2018


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