Migration, displacement & education: Building bridges, not walls


The 2019 GEM Report continues its assessment of progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education and its ten targets, as well as other related education targets in the SDG agenda.

This year the Report focuses on the theme of migration and displacement. It presents evidence on the implications of different types of migration and displacement for education systems but also the impact that reforming education curricula and approaches to pedagogy and teacher preparation can have on addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by migration and displacement. It gives voice to experiences in host and home communities.

With the help of case studies, it illustrates approaches which work and could be scaled up. In this way, it aims to be a tool for practitioners. It makes the case for investing in education of good quality in rural areas suffering from depopulation and in slum areas suffering from large population inflows; in countries with high rates of emigration and those with high rates of immigration; in short-term refugee emergencies and in protracted crises. Its analysis, conclusions and recommendations advance the aims of SDG 4 and its call to leave no one behind.

Full Report

Youth Report

Gender Report

Regional Report: Arab States

Key Tweets

  • Half of the world’s forcibly displaced people are under the age of 18. Read the @GEMReport to see which countries are including them in their education systems, and which are not
  • A turning point for refugee education? 8 out of the top 10 hosting countries for refugees are including them in their national education systems
  • Migrant and refugee children in the world today could fill half a million classrooms, an increase of 26% since 2000



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