The Education Information Network, Eurydice, published a report in February examining to what extent national systems are able to respond to the needs of asylum seekers and refugees in higher education in Europe. The report has two parts. The first one presents a selection of indicators on migratory flows. Building on this, the second part includes an overview of different national policies, strategies and measures that exist across Europe for the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into higher education. Although in a majority of countries there is no specific policy approach, some good practice exists, such as the recognition of undocumented qualifications, support to language learning, financial support and personal guidance services.
The report reveals that while there is a strong potential demand for higher education among refugees and many have previously been enrolled in university programmes in their home country, it is not certain that this demand is easily met. In many cases, there will be a need for potential students to learn the host country language and to adapt to the higher education system. Refugees are also likely to be in need of considerable support – both psychological and financial. Meanwhile for the host country, there will be a need to assess and recognise learning that cannot be demonstrated through certificates. This also requires system-level planning and action.