There are currently over 65 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world, half of whom are minors. That’s roughly the population of the United Kingdom. Activists, academics, and religious from all over the globe have been meeting in Rome Nov. 1-4 to discuss the role of universities and educators in offering help to the ever-growing numbers of migrants and displaced persons in the world.
Once the situation of crisis is mitigated and their basic needs are met, immigrants and refugees don’t want handouts: They want an education. Professionally-oriented courses in teaching, nursing, IT, translation, hospitality and management have proved to be the most effective in helping migrants and refugees hone their skills and generate income, which in turn opens the door for further education.