With the worldwide population of refugees reaching crisis levels, attention to refugees and asylum seekers has become increasingly politicised internationally. This politicisation was the impetus for this investigation of education, inclusion and belonging. We sought input from academic and community perspectives with the explicit aim of contributing to knowledge and dialogue about these groups. Education and social connection can be easily overlooked in the larger context of discourses and challenges surrounding these groups. This special issue contributes narratives of identity, and challenges cultural norms available to, and created by young people. Maintaining connection to community and country of origin while settling into new contexts is of particular interest here and considering what helps and hinders belonging was a key point of this investigation.
Three main aspects were identified in the call for papers for this issue, which served as a provocation for the authors:
How these discourses impact upon engagement and success in education as well as belonging in everyday spaces;
Inclusion of these young people in education systems; and
How young people perceive and negotiate negative discourses of Islamophobia and racism.
SOURCE: White, Julie; de Quadros, André and Kelman, Dave. “Belonging and rejection: racism, resistance and exclusion.” International Journal of Inclusive Education, pp. 1081-1082 [Published online: 10 October 2017]
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