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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(10), 186; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7100186

Revisiting the Issues of Access to Higher Education and Social Stratification through the Case of Refugees: A Comparative Study of Spaces of Opportunity for Refugee Students in Germany and England

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INSA Toulouse, Centre des Sciences Humaines, 135 Avenue de Rangueil, 31077 Toulouse, France
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Laboratoire Cultures Education Sociétés LACES EA 7437, 3 ter place de la Victoire, 33076 Bordeaux CEDEX, France
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LACCUS, OSPS, LIVES, University of Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Received: 26 July 2018 / Revised: 20 September 2018 / Accepted: 29 September 2018 / Published: 3 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Stratification and Inequality in Access to Higher Education)
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This paper presents new insights into the relationship between inequality in access to higher education and social stratification through the analytical lens of refugees’ access to high participation systems of higher education (HPS). Taking stock of the growing numbers of refugees and their increasing—yet still marginal—demand for accessing higher education, the paper analyses the specific statuses and rights they are granted, and how they combine in two European Higher Education Area HPS, England and Germany. The comparative analysis draws on the desk-based study of immigration and access to higher education policies and mechanisms for refugees in the two countries. The concept of assemblage is called upon to highlight how complex combinations of asylum, welfare and access to higher education policies lead to differential rights which create different spaces of opportunity for refugees with higher education aspirations. More generally, analysing how these rights intersect allows for a better understanding of inequalities in access to higher education. View Full-Text
Keywords: access to higher education; asylum; higher education; high participation systems; social inequality; social stratification; refugee access to higher education; asylum; higher education; high participation systems; social inequality; social stratification; refugee
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Détourbe, M.-A.; Goastellec, G. Revisiting the Issues of Access to Higher Education and Social Stratification through the Case of Refugees: A Comparative Study of Spaces of Opportunity for Refugee Students in Germany and England. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 186.

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