Euromesco policy Brief n°92 – Challenges faced by Syrian refugees in the higher education systems of host countries and how to overcome them : Lessons learned from Jordan

12-03-2019
Euromesco policy Brief n°92 – Challenges faced by Syrian refugees in the higher education systems of host countries and how to overcome them : Lessons learned from Jordan
Euromesco policy brief n° 92

The Syrian crisis has had a significant impact on most of the countries hosting Syrian refugees. Considering the lack of political solution to the war, host countries have started to develop new approaches and response frameworks to deal with the consequences of the prolonged stay of refugees. In this line, and following the London Conference on Supporting Syria and the Region in February 2016, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has shifted the approach of its refugee policy from humanitarian assistance to one oriented to empowerment.

Against this backdrop, this policy brief aims to analyse whether and to what extent Syrian refugee students have access to higher education in Jordan. The article discusses the main challenges faced by Syrian refugees to enter, continue and conclude higher education in Jordan. Lastly, and based on lessons learned from Jordan, it provides policy recommendations on how to promote more inclusive education policies for young Syrian refugees in the host countries.