THE EDUCATION DEFiCIT IN AMSTErDAM
Higher education opportunities for refugees and asylum-seekers are limited, and demand far exceeds any provision for it. Projects to open up university courses exist across the Netherlands (Utrecht, Leiden, Delft, and Wageningen) but no such scheme exists yet in Amsterdam.
Whilst there are limited opportunities for scholarships, or loans for settled refugees, these often do not address the systematic barriers. For example, universities do not always recognise foreign credentials, whilst some students struggle to acquire the documentation necessary from abroad. Some students have precarious living situations, or are awaiting a residence permit or refugee status. Others might feel they do not belong in university. These barriers create an education deficit in Amsterdam, and mean that many people from a refugee background are systematically excluded from higher education.