Breaking Education Barriers
Young asylum seekers are being denied access to higher education due to their lack of status. We are often forced to sacrifice our hard-earned places at university due to our illegibility for student loans. Our lack of status is often cited as the reason for this, and to obtain our university places, our only option is to pay the international student fees.
Coming from families who have fled persecution and with outstanding cases, we have no access to such fees.
We are asking people to sign this petition to allow young asylum seekers the same access to university as our peers.
ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN
We are talented, tenacious and troubled young people who are being denied the equal opportunity to access higher education study...
Members of youngRAPAR worked with Student Action For Refugees to produce a film for Breaking Education Barriers.
"No one is talking to us about this barrier to our future"
- 16 and 17 year old currently at school and 6th form
"Being told by college admin staff that I can't go onto an access course because I don’t have ‘proper status’"
- In 2010, a young man in Manchester who is now 23, waiting for a decision for a year; in 2013 & a 20 year old young woman in Manchester.
"At a uni open day, speaking to tuition staff who said, 'If you can’t remain in the UK indefinitely, then we can’t give you a student loan'"
- 20 year old working young man in Manchester, (3 A Levels & Distinction)
A short film presenting some of the media created with Young RAPAR where our members talk about how they are struggling with their exclusion from higher education.
YoungRAPAR workshop with Dr Rhetta Moran in which participants shared their experiences with education as they go through the asylum process, identifying education goals and a plan of action.
27/7/2015 - Young Gifted Without Status - Not Entitled to a Student loan
Demonstrate, 08:45 Wednesday 29th July 2015
Supreme Court, Parliament Square, SW1P 3B
UK Supreme Court decision - R on the application of Tigere, to be handed down! Beaurish Tigere is a 19-year-old Zambian national who has lived in the UK since she was six. Her immigration status was regularised in 2012 whereupon she was granted three years' discretionary leave to remain.
By virtue of her immigration status she is ineligible for a student loan. The court will decide if this is lawful or unlawful!
See the full press release here.
27/7/2014 - THE GUARDIAN Migrant children denied an equal chance at university
A student has launched her own campaign to support some of those penalised by tough immigration rules.
After a stellar school career, and with an offer to study law at the London School of Economics, Chrisann Jarrett was confident of her future...
Read the full article here.