Higher education as a complementary pathway to protection for Afghan students: historical and current experiences, and thoughts for the future

Oeppen, Ceri and Zaman, Tahir (2022) Higher education as a complementary pathway to protection for Afghan students: historical and current experiences, and thoughts for the future. Migration Policy Practice, XI (4). pp. 15-21. ISSN 2223-5248

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Abstract

Third-country education as a complementary pathway to protection is an area of refugee policy that has expanded under the Global Compact on Refugees. This paper explores the possibilities of higher (tertiary) education as a pathway to protection for Afghan students and provides an opportunity to share some personal reflections on the events of August and September 2021 in relation to Afghans set to study in the United Kingdom under the Chevening Scholarship programme, which highlights some of the challenges of using training programmes as a route to refugee protection. The authors suggest that education is a possible pathway to protection for a small subset of Afghans, in practice implementation is complex and often ad hoc, and it should not be used by Western governments as a political justification for eroding or erasing other routes to protection.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Migration, protection, education, Afghanistan
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 12:17
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 12:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106543

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