Making Home Away

So I sat them down and told them: the five of us are here, me, you and your father, wherever the five of us are, that place should be your heaven.
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Current 'Home' Jordan

"Many (Syrian young people) lost their life dreams. In the first four years, the Syrian students could not attend college and the schools were bad. It is a bit better now but it is still bad."

Decorated bicycle - Al Azraq refugee camp, 2019. Image by Yasmine Shamma

This report from the University of Sussex reviews the barriers to accessing education which are faced by young Syrian refugees living in Jordan.  Chiefly, it notes administrative difficulties (including lack of documentation to enrol children at schools) and the lack of Jordanian work permits for Syrian parents, which results in increased levels of child labour, as well as parents being unable to meet the costs associated with education.  It also notes psychological trauma, and the experience of discrimination and bullying within the Jordanian school system, as reasons for Syrian students dropping out of the education system.


This extract is from an interview conducted by YASMINE SHAMMA during 2019 as part of the British Academy funded ‘Lost and Found: A Digital Archive of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement’  project’s Making Home Away archive.


Current 'Home'


Current 'Home'