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Inclusive Education for Refugees and Asylum Seeking Children: A Systematic Literature Review
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, CHILD. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Inclusief Onderwijs voor Vluchtelingen en Asielzoekende Kinderen : Een Systematisch Literatuuronderzoek (Dutch; Flemish)
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of children with a refugee background in the Netherlands. All of these children who are under 18 years of age must go to school, but they face many barriers towards inclusion. Appropriately educating this diverse group of children presents schools with challenges. Supportive programs are needed to overcome these barriers and challenges. AIM The aim of this paper was to explore what supports are put in place to foster refugee students’ inclusion in school. METHOD A systematic literature review was conducted to synthesize research on school-based programs and practices. RESULTS A broad range of supports were identified. Most studies addressed access barriers to learning by offering emotional and educational support, while fewer studies focused on opportunity barriers such as negative attitudes and lack of parental involvement. CONCLUSION It was concluded that schools can play an important role in supporting the inclusion of refugee children and their families because of their accessibility, but that more high quality research is necessary in order to assess the effectiveness of supports that minimize barriers towards learning and promote their inclusion in school.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Refugees, asylum seekers, children, inclusion, integration, education, schools, barriers, support
Keyword [nl]
Vluchtelingen, asielzoekers, kinderen, inclusie, integratie, onderwijs, school, barrière, ondersteuning, support
Keyword [sv]
flyktingar, asylsökande, barn, integration, utbilding, skolan, barriärer, stöd
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Work Learning International Migration and Ethnic Relations Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Applied Psychology Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30510ISRN: JU-HLK-SBU-2-20160003OAI: diva2:936457
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HLK, Child Studies
Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-23Bibliographically approved

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