HIGHER
EDUCATION
FOR REFUGEES

Academic opportunities for young refugees living in Mexico and abroad.

WHAT
WE DO

The Higher Education for Refugees program of DIME promotes higher education opportunities to young displaced persons and refugees around the world. Impulsing an inclusive, whole-of-society approach In partnership with the Mexican Government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this program promotes a comprehensive action model to guarantee both international protection and local integration through academic scholarships in Mexico.

WHY WE
DO IT

In 2022, the number of forcibly displaced people surpassed 100 million for the first time. A large portion of the affected population is of school age: 40% of those displaced are under 18 and 13% are young people between 18 and 24. 

As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in 2015, the United Nations set a global goal to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Among other key targets under this goal, the UN calls on all countries to work for equitable access to affordable and high quality education. This includes access to higher education, particularly for the most vulnerable.

However, with 259 million children and youth still out of school and an annual funding gap of $148 billion, we are still far from achieving this goal. Of university-eligible refugees, only 6% have access to post-secondary education, compared to over 40% of the non-refugee population worldwide. In response, the UNHCR has formulated the 15by30 target, which aims that, by 2030, 15% of refugee women and men should be pursuing higher education.

DIME joined the network of partners working to achieve this goal because we believe that inclusive higher education is a must, not an option. It is clear that despite a greater focus on educational inclusion in recent years, much remains to be done in order to create an enriching environment inside and outside university spaces for all students and communities.

PROJECTS

Higher education for young refugees from around the world.

A higher education program for recognized refugees in Mexico.

OUR
PARTNERS

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