On 8 March 2017, the European Resettlement Network hosted the second edition of its webinar series exploring complementary pathways of admission to Europe for refugees. This webinar focused on higher education scholarship opportunities for refugee students as one such pathway. Listen again to the webinar at the bottom of this page.
The webinar began with an introduction to the essential elements that must be taken into consideration when developing such programmes, addressing core protection and technical aspects. Next, the Canadian model was highlighted and its lessons shared, with a view to understanding how this experience can be of assistance to actors in Europe. Lastly, initiatives in Europe were explored with a view to advancing the potential for moving forward in the European context based on the lessons learned. Key points discussed by the panellists and participants included (1) the process of identification and selection of candidates for scholarship programmes; (2) requirements for pre-departure training and support to contribute to refugees’ successful participation in study programmes, and their successful integration into their new environments; (3) the key considerations for scholarship providers, including legal status and the support provided to scholarship holders during the study period; (4) possibilities for funding and successful partnerships between relevant actors that can enable the development and sustainability of scholarship programmes, (5) the relationship between scholarship providers, government actors, higher education institutions and host communities; (6) prospects for the long-term, including the question of needs and expectations of refugees upon graduation, integration prospects, and how refugees can harness the advantages of completing higher education under a scholarship programme