The educational experiences of Syrian women in countries of safety/asylum

Rasem Ibesh, Wael Ahmad, Rachid Chichou, Razan Jumah, Hayat Sankar, Allen Thurston*

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The Syrian crisis has resulted in a large refugee movement of Syrian citizens from inside Syria, to countries of safety/asylum, notably Turkey. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.7 million Syrian women refugees in Turkey. This research uses Freire’s framing of oppressors and facilitators in education to looks at how the war has impacted on the education of women their country of safety/asylum. Interviews were conducted with 24 refugee women, and the findings presented to a user focus group of Syrian refugee women. Findings indicate that language and finance are key barriers to women fulfilling their educational potential. Changes in the roles of women in countries of safety/asylum are key opportunities that could be exploited by women. Findings also indicated that non-government organisations must co-design educational provision with refugees in order to ensure that opportunities are maximised.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100027
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research Open
Issue number2
Early online date07 Jan 2021
Publication statusEarly online date - 07 Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Supported by a grant from Council for At-Risk Academics Jul19SGURN27.


  • Syrian refugee women, education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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