Recognising refugees' non-formally and informally acquired vocational skills for use in Germany's labour market


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Author: Windisch, Hendrickje Catriona


The influx of asylum seekers into the European Union (EU) in 2015-2016 has turned the recognition of non-formal and informal learning (NFIL) into an integration priority and challenge. In EU terminology this process is called ‘validation'. Already in 2012, the Council of the EU had urged member states to create mechanisms for the validation of NFIL by no later than 2018. However, the issue has remained systematically addressed by few. Moreover, across all countries, disadvantaged groups such as refugees still benefit least from validation. Yet little is known about the reasons for this -...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Labour market; Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Qualifications; Disadvantaged; Assessment

Keywords: Refugees; Nonformal learning; Informal learning; Nonformal education; Informal education; Continuing education; Continuing vocational education and training; Skilled worker; Recognition of current competency; Recognition of prior learning; Skill certification; Skill analysis; Case study; Literature review

Geographic subjects: Germany; Europe

Published: Oxford, England: University of Oxford, 2020

Physical description: 284 p.

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On cover: Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, Michaelmas Term 2019

Resource type: Thesis

Document number: TD/TNC 144.774

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