An Emergency Academic Support - Syrian Refugee Students in the Turkish Higher Education



Before the civil war broke out in Syria following the uprising in March 2011, Turkey and Syria had a rather good relationship permitting an easy crossing of the border and letting thousands of Syrian nationals to pursue their studies at the northern neighbor. With the deepening of the fights in Syria, the number of refugees flowing into the Turkish Republic was growing, and according to recent statistics, an estimated 3 million Syrian asylum seekers reside on Turkish soil. Some of them live in refugee camps, some of them with family members holding Turkish citizenship, and an increasing number of them made Turkey their home thanks to scholarship programs provided by the Turkish government, universities or civil society organizations. In our present paper, we would like to analyze the usage of the method of secondary data analysis the current situation of Syrian refugee students studying at Turkish universities. We would first concentrate on the statistical aspect of the issue using the tables provided by the Turkish pedagogical agent called Measurement, Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) and the Higher Education Board (YOK), the total number of students and the academic and social background of those benefitting from the above opportunities. Later on, we project to highlight the main reason why a refugee can find Turkey an ideal place for his or her academic career and research, what their rights and duties and how can they contribute to the development of Turkey and the refugee community int hat country. The story of refugee students in Turkey can prove how survivals of a disastrous tragedy can have a benefit from a quality education in order to be reintegrated into society and promote peace and understanding.

How to cite: Bariscil, A. (2017). An Emergency Academic Support - Syrian Refugee Students in the Turkish Higher Education. Revista Romaneasca pentru Educatie Multidimensionala, 9(1), 39-49. DOI:


Turkey, Syria, Refugee, Education

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