Forced displacement is a phenomenon that is consolidating and in 2022 already affects more than 100 million people around the planet.
Refugees’ access to education is a right, and contributes to their social and economic inclusion in host societies. But only 5% of refugees can study at university and thus improve their future.
Promoting access to higher education is moving towards compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and is necessary to avoid the appearance of “lost generations”.
The University of Barcelona, within its actions of social responsibility, equality and cooperation, has been contributing to this objective since 2015, through its Support program for refugees and people from conflict areas. The initiative includes a Transition course to university, co-financed by the Barcelona City Council, which receives 15 refugee students every edition. Apart from a study grant, the program provides these people with a comprehensive support in line with the so-called complementary pathways for admision to third countries.
Video “Host University” (University of Barcelona, 2020)
On June 20, the World Refugee Day, we share through social networks testimonials from students of the Transition course to university, interspersed with reflections from the program team. The testimonies and reflections are accompanied by photographs by Raül Clemente Molina included in the exhibition «Ukraine: new scenario, same challenges», as well as images of program activities, and snapshots of Lesvos (Greece), one of the most representative places of the impact of the lack of policies to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees.
The #UBRefugi2022 hashtag joins UNHCR’s global campaign, which this year has as its motto «Whoever. Wherever. Whenever. Everyone has the right to seek safety».
Have you already collaborated with the UB Support Program for Refugee?
Through the microcenage campaign Refuge University: Safe ways to support refugee students, launched by UB Sponsors, you can contribute to the scholarships of the Program, so that young people from Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Palestine, among other countries, can access college, and this becomes an opportunity to rebuild their lives.
Documentary “Refuge University” (Nanouk Films, 2019)