INCLUSION OF REFUGEES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: REFUGEE VOICES FROM COLCHESTER

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INCLUSION OF REFUGEES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: REFUGEE VOICES FROM COLCHESTER ( English title )


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Everyone has the Right to Education The outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in March 2011 has caused one of the world's largest humanitarian crises since World War II. According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, an asylum seeker or internally displaced person. The issue of forced migration and the integration of refugees is more challenging than ever which affects not only refugee-receiving countries, but also those who are forced to flee their home countries. This evening's seminar will specifically focus on refugee experiences in Colchester through discussions on the psycho-social aspects of the refugee experience, the role of civil society and the challenges and obstacles faced by both refugees and voluntary organizations. This debate brings three speakers from Colchester: Nasir Warfa is a lecturer in the MA Programme in Refugee Care. He is based at the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. Maria Wilby is one of the founding members of Refugee Action – Colchester and Brightlingsea Refugee Support Network. Maria has worked with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrant groups for nearly two years, both in Colchester and in Calais. Volunteer English teacher at Fresh Beginnings Refugee Centre in Colchester for two days a week. Maria is also an advocate and case worker for refugees, asylum seekers and people with no access to public funds in Tendring and Colchester. Rahaf Ghalion is a young mother and former student from Damascus who came to Colchester through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme in December 2015, with her husband and two children. Prior to coming to the UK, Rahaf worked for Unicef and Caritas while residing in Jordan. She took part in UNICEF's immunisation projects in the Jordanian refugee camps. She is an active member of Refugee Action – Colchester and often helps with interpreting and translation work, voluntarily. Rahaf is an excellent cook and is one of the main contributors to the Refugee Action – Colchester Pop up cafes. Even Organiser: Selin Sivis is a PhD Researcher at the Sociology Department, University of Essex. She also contributes to the work of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees. Please join us at this Lecture hosted by our Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees. All welcome, but please book a place.

Keywords: intégration, Internally Displaced Person, migration, Asylum Seekers, Refugee, UNHCR, Humanitarian crisis, Syrian Civil War, éducation
Language: English

Date

Start date: 14-03-2017 17:00
End date: 14-03-2017 18:30

Location

Country: United Kingdom
City: Colchester
Address: University of Essex Colchester Campus 5S.4.19 Colchester CO4 3SQ United Kingdom

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Organiser: University of Essex
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