Complementary Education Pathways
UNHCR and partners are creating complementary education pathways that offer protection and solutions in third countries through higher education scholarships and opportunities. Key considerations for third countries when developing complementary education pathways through education include:
- Access to legal status in the country where the opportunity is provided – including support to obtain the necessary travel documents and the possibility for the refugee to remain in the third country after completion of the study programme;
- Participation in the programme should not jeopardize the rights, legal status or other protection afforded to refugees under international law;
- The programme should take into account factors such as the cultural context and availability of education documentation, as well as language, individual support, financial and other needs expressed by refugee students;
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- The Three-Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways
- Statement of the Global Task Force on Complementary Education Pathways on Higher Education for Youth Impacted by the Situation in Afghanistan
- WUSC, UNHCR and UNESCO, Doubling our Impact, Third Country Higher Education Pathways for Refugees, February 2020
- UNHCR, Higher education consideration for refugees affected by the Syria and Iraqi crisis, May 2015
- UNHCR, Complementary Pathways for Admission to Third Countries – Key Considerations, April 2019 (also available in French, Russian Arabic and Spanish)
- Education Brief: Higher education considerations for refugees in countries affected by the Syria and Iraq crises.