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The Case for Engaging Online Tutors for Supporting Learners in Higher Education in refugee Contexts

Dr Paul O'Keeffe

 The global refugee population is at its highest point in history. With an estimated population of 65.6 million people forcibly displaced around the world (UNHCR 2017), the international community is being pressed to find solutions to this ever-growing crisis. Beyond the challenge of providing food, shelter and safety for those that it does so far, the international humanitarian and development communities are increasingly being called on, by various initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1, to provide other more long-term solutions to improve the lives of the millions affected by global migration. Education, and increasingly higher education, is at the forefront of such initiatives. With just 1% of the global refugee population attending higher education (compared with 34% of the global non-refugee population) (UNHCR 2015), there is scope for higher education interventions to make an impact on providing some pathways out of the global refugee crisis.

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