Why education is the key to integrating refugees in Europe – Agenda – The World Economic Forum

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In this WEF article, Christian Bodewig discusses the importance of education in the integration of refugees in Europe.

Source: Why education is the key to integrating refugees in Europe – Agenda – The World Economic Forum

As a passionate believer in the benefits of education, I go along with the broad thrust of this article. But I question the political dynamics of the proposal.

In many countries, especially Anglo-Saxon, we are seeing a growing gap between the privileged and the rest of society. The privileged get top-tier education and through family networks, doors open and opportunities are provided. Increasingly, ordinary people, especially minorities, struggle against glass ceilings. In some countries, we have seen positive discrimination a favor of minorities.

If I understand the article correctly, it is talking about giving refugees special education status, so is this positive discrimination and queue jumping ahead of other minorities?

Thoughts?

One response

  1. The issue should not be about integrating refugees and economic migrants but about stopping more of them from coming so that the issue of integration is confined to those already in a particular country.This is of course Donald Trump’s view.

    Dr Alf is correct to point out the widening inequalities that already exist and the fact that favouring refugees over the indigenous populations of ordinary people will simply worsen the existing conditions which are that way because of unequal distribution of educational resources leading to ineffective teaching methods for the great unwashed and “Mr Quelch” style whole class teaching for the children of fat cat elites and the already privileged.

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