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Education helpful for refugee integration, study finds

Providing opportunities for refugees to continue their education in Europe helps with their integration into society, a study has found.

Access to education for refugees “contributes to the country economically and societally”, the study by the European Students’ Union, which was supported by the Open Society Foundation, reported on 4 May. However, national higher education systems must commit to social inclusion and have flexible procedures for recognising refugees’ previous education for integration to be successful, it found. 

The study carried out detailed analyses of Belgium, Germany, Norway and Romania and how these countries use education to integrate refugees into their societies. The problems these countries have encountered and the solutions they have found could serve as examples for other countries, the report stated.

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