Predictors of secondary school completion among refugee youth 8 to 9 years after resettlement in Melbourne, Australia

Correa-Velez, Ignacio, Gifford, Sandra M., McMichael, Celia, & Sampson, Robyn (2016) Predictors of secondary school completion among refugee youth 8 to 9 years after resettlement in Melbourne, Australia. Journal of International Migration and Integration. (In Press)

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Being able to attend school and achieve an education is one of the most desired opportunities among resettled refugee young people. However, turning educational aspirations into reality is not straightforward. There is a large body of research documenting the barriers associated with educational achievement among refugees who resettle as teenagers, both in Australia and internationally. No studies, however, have identified the factors that predict completion of secondary school among resettled refugee youth over time. This paper reports the predictors of completion of secondary school among a cohort of 47 refugee youth resettled in Melbourne, Australia. Eight to nine years after resettlement, 29 (62%) had completed secondary school and 18 (38%) had left school prior to completing Year 12. Age on arrival and experiences of discrimination in Australia were significant predictors of secondary school completion. Older refugee youth (on arrival) and those who reported experiences of discrimination over the first eight to nine years in Australia were significantly less likely to complete secondary school. This longitudinal study confirms that, as a group, refugee youth are particularly at risk of not completing secondary school education, which can have an impact on their wellbeing and long-term socio-economic standing in their settlement country. Our study provides further evidence of the negative impact of discrimination on the educational outcomes of disadvantaged young people.

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ID Code: 97950
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Refugees, Youth, Education, Secondary school, Settlement, Discrimination, Longitudinal
DOI: 10.1007/s12134-016-0503-z
ISSN: 1874-6365
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maori and Pacific Peoples) (130307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2016 01:10
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2016 07:38

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