Not Forgetting the Refugees

March 6th, 2020 As countries around the world are grappling with containing the coronavirus as the latest health emergency, one crisis that has not diminished but continues to persist is the plight of refugees. According to the UNHRC, we are now seeing the highest levels of displacement of people on record. Here are a few […]

Colombia Grants Citizenship and Work Permits to Venezuelan Refugees

February 7th, 2020 Photo credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Colombia has pledged to be the most educated country in Latin America by 2025. It has laid out several initiatives to achieve this goal which we covered in a blog post last year. Colombia is also facing an influx of refugees from its neighboring Venezuela. According to […]

SYRIA: Education in Exile

March 29th, 2019 Syria’s brutal civil war that began in 2011 has created the world’s largest displacement crisis, with almost 5.7 million registered refugees, including more than 2.5 million Syrian children now living in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. (In 2016, we posted an extensive piece on the Syrian conflict and its impact on the education system and […]

ACEI’s 5-Step Practical Guide in Helping Refugees and Displaced People without or limited Documentation

July 13th, 2018 The displacement of people because of conflict/war and/or caused by environmental/political/economic crisis means that many may arrive at refugee camps or their adopted countries with little or no documents supporting their academic achievements.  At the 2016 NAFSA Region XII Conference in Palm Spring, CA, ACEI President & CEO, Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert presented a session […]

The European Qualifications Passport: Giving Refugees a Second Chance

February 16th, 2018 Something amazing and unprecedented has happened across the Atlantic. The Council of Europe will recognize the education qualifications of refugees who have fled their homelands with little or no documentation. The Council of Europe launched the project known as the European Qualifications Passport in 2017 with the goal to help those refugees […]

Introducing ACEI’s 5-Step Refugee Guide

November 16th, 2017 A 5-Step Guide to Help Refugees/Displaced People without/limited Documentation The displacement of people can occur at any time and to any one, whether as a result of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami, flood, hurricane, wild fire, or civil war, political unrest and regional warfare. In the midst of such […]

20 Facts on How the U.S. Resettles Syrian Refugees

November 19th, 2015 Syrian refugees in Belgrade, Serbia, are waiting for an opportunity to travel north to cross the border with Hungary, entering the EU [Source: AP] The on-going conflict in Syria and the recent refugee crisis has given rise to anti-refugee sentiments in the U.S. with more than half of the nation’s governors calling for […]

Education in Syria: Struggling to Cope amidst Conflict

September 12th, 2013 Image source: The on-going civil war in Syria has prompted us to address the troubled state of the country’s educational system. The United Nations, in its report released in March of 2013, depicted the collapse of Syria’s education system. With thousands of schools damaged or converted into temporary shelters for displaced […]