Left Behind: Refugee Education in Crisis

The UN Refugee Agency authored and released this new report summarizing and drawing attention to the crisis in the education of refugee youth. The report shows how 3.5 million refugee youth had absolutely no schooling in the year 2016 with this number showing no signs of improving in 2017. It details the startling differences in education access rates between non-refugee and refugee youth. While 91% of children worldwide attend primary school, only 61% of refugee children do. Similarly, 84% of the world's adolescents attend secondary school while only 23% of adolescent refugees do. Finally, 36% of the world's youth end up getting higher education of some kind while only a shocking 1% of refugee youth do. The report calls for policymakers around the world to make drastic changes to help refugee youth have much greater access to education at all ages.