Refugee education as a tool for integration: A comparative case study of the Worcester community approach to refugee education

Title: Refugee education as a tool for integration: A comparative case study of the Worcester community approach to refugee education

Author: Palcic, M. Brigid

Date: May 2012

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

This paper compares the approaches to providing education to refugees in Worcester, Massachusetts to those used in three other communities. The author looks at both formal and informal programs and services offered by the city as well as nonprofit organizations. The results highlight the importance of understanding the histories and cultural backgrounds of newly arrived refugees to facilitate their integration and inclusion in the school system most effectively. The study concludes that there is a need for increased collaboration between the city and educational nonprofits to improve the integration of refugees in the city of Worcester.

Keywords: education, resettlement programs

Cataloged by: Peter Nelson/ B. J. Perkins

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