Aotearoa Migration Research Network Seminar Series 2021

Date Tuesday 15 June 2021
Time 11am - 12pm
Where Zoom (
Presenter Vivienne Anderson (University of Otago)
Contact Shemana Cassim
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Navigating education at the secondary-tertiary border: refugee-background students in southern Aotearoa

Internationally, access to tertiary education is a major challenge for people from refugee backgrounds. In Aotearoa, education is a key pillar of our refugee resettlement strategy, but refugee-background students are invisible in education policy. Not surprisingly, institutional practices vary widely. However, refugee-background students are necessarily-skilful border navigators, including in education. This seminar draws on an in-progress participatory action research project involving refugee-background students who are interested in, or beginning, tertiary education. After describing the project and its rationale, I discuss how the students conceptualise and make sense of their educational experiences and hoped-for education pathways, and reflect on the role of policy and practice in supporting students’ educational navigation.

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