The Educational and Mental Health Needs of Syrian Refugee Children

This report was published by the Migration Policy Institute.

HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: 
The Syrian civil war, which began in March 2011, has subsequently displaced nearly 12 million people—more than 4 million of them beyond Syria's borders. Children under the age of 18 represent about half of the Syrian refugee population, with approximately 40 percent under the age of 12. As the refugee crisis continues to unfold, this report takes stock of what is happening to these displaced children.

This report examines the experiences and resulting educational and mental health needs of Syrian children living as refugees, drawing on the results of a study conducted in Islahiye camp in southeast Turkey, which assessed children’s levels of trauma and mental health distress. It also reviews intervention programs in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, and offers recommendations for best practices to address the mental health of this vulnerable child population. Syrian refugee children will likely need ongoing, targeted support to bridge the gaps in their education, attain fluency in the host-country language, and deal with trauma and other mental health symptoms, the authors conclude.

 

Sirin, S. R., & Rogers-Sirin, L. (2015). The Educational and Mental Health Needs of Syrian Refugee Children. Retrieved from: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/educational-and-mental-health-ne...

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