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What are the experiences of education for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in the UK?

Fuller, M; Hayes, B; (2020) What are the experiences of education for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in the UK? Child: Care, Health and Development , 46 (4) pp. 414-421. 10.1111/cch.12764. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The number of refugees worldwide has increased in recent years and with this, there has been an increase in the numbers of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Minors (UASMs) in the UK. Refugees have been found to experience notable difficulties upon resettlement and there is evidence to suggest that education can provide a supportive role for young refugees. Although there has been research that has found that UASMs value education, there has been less research that has directly looked at the experiences of education for UASMs. METHODS: In the present study, six UASMs were interviewed and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used as a methodology to analyse the data. RESULTS: Five themes were identified: Education facilitating socialising; Education and English proficiency leading to a better life in the UK; the impact of transitions; the impact of external stressors; and a desire for additional resources to learn at one's own pace. CONCLUSIONS: Participants within the present research expressed a strong desire for additional resources that would allow them to learn at their own pace. They also emphasised how transitions between different settings and external stressors had an impact on their experiences of education. The links between coping strategies and the participant's asylum status are also discussed with reference to relevant research in the field.

Type: Article
Title: What are the experiences of education for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in the UK?
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cch.12764
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12764
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Child: Care, Health and Development published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Keywords: unaccompanied, asylum, seeking, minors, education, experience
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094264
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