Catering to children and youth from refugee backgrounds in Australia: deep-rooted constraints

Yue Xu, Eisuke Saito

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Abstract

Refugee-background youth in the Australian context have long been confronted with a series of challenges surrounding their living and educational conditions. However, limited research has been conducted to examine the underlying factors of such problems. This paper critically explores possible factors that contribute to or intensify the challenges that refugee-background children and youth face in Australia by scrutinising related legal documents and education policies (e.g. inclusive and language transition policies). It is argued that the living and learning crisis among refugee-background youth in Australia is a result of: (a) restrictive refugee law; (b) incomplete education policy; and (c) deep-rooted political and historical views on refugees.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Australia
  • education policy
  • language transition
  • legal policy
  • neoliberalism
  • Refugee

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