Refugee Young People and Education, Training and Employment

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia: facilitating the active citizenship
Friday 27 July, 1155 – 1215


Helena DeAnstiss
University of South Australia

Although young people from refugee backgrounds have enormous potential to contribute to the social and economic life of the community, they face a unique set of challenges that place them at increased risk of poor education and employment outcomes. These challenges include limited English language proficiency; difficulty navigating the Australian education, training, and employment systems; limited or interrupted formal education; psychosocial problems associated with pre- and post-migration stressors; lack of academic and language support at school and at home; and racism and discrimination.
Studies of education and employment outcomes among refugee youth populations are very limited and what is available is often small scale, qualitative and confined to a single ethnic group. This presentation reports on a mixed-method investigation of education, training and employment outcomes among 600 young refugees aged 15–24 years from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.
Representing a partnership between the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services and industry partners, Multicultural Youth South Australia and the Australian Migrant Resource Centre, the research will provide new data and insights which can be used by policy makers, service planners and service providers to respond more effectively to the education, training and employment needs of young refugees.