Lifelong learning and the social integration of refugees in the UK: The significance of social capital

Morrice, Linda (2007) Lifelong learning and the social integration of refugees in the UK: The significance of social capital. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 26 (2). pp. 155-172. ISSN 0260-1370

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Abstract

In response to growing population movements the UK Government has introduced a number of measures designed to facilitate the social inclusion and integration of refugees into UK society. This paper explores some of the lifelong learning issues for refugees and argues that the current discourse of social inclusion and exclusion gives rise to narrow and prescriptive learning opportunities which fail to address the barriers facing refugees in the UK. Using the concept of social capital as an explanatory framework, I will argue that for refugees to become integrated and useful members of society requires a shift away from the present focus on formal, individualised education provision to a greater recognition of informal and social learning opportunities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article explores the lifelong learning issues for refugees and argues that the current discourse of social inclusion and exclusion give rise to narrow and prescriptive learning opportunities which fail to reduce barriers facing refugees in UK. Using the concept of social capital as an explanatory framework, it argues for a shift from the present focus on formal, individualised educational provision to greater recognition of informal and social learning opportunities.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Centre for Community Engagement
Depositing User: Linda Morrice
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:30
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 12:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16802
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