Do refugee children attend school?

According to the 2019 UNHCR Refugee Education report, globally, 91% of children attend primary school, compared to 63% of refugee children. In secondary school, the disparity is even greater, with only 24% of refugee adolescents enrolled in secondary education, compared to 84% globally. 3% of refugee youth have access to higher education, compared to 37% of youth globally.

According to the 2019 UNHCR Refugee Education report, globally, 91% of children attend primary school, compared to 63% of refugee children. In secondary school, the disparity is even greater, with only 24% of refugee adolescents enrolled in secondary education, compared to 84% globally. 3% of refugee youth have access to higher education, compared to 37% of youth globally.

For young women who are displaced, higher education prospects are even slimmer. Educational opportunities are less accessible to refugee girls as a whole: for every ten refugee boys in primary school, there are fewer than eight refugee girls. For every ten refugee boys in secondary school, there are fewer than seven refugee girls. This tendency was amplified by school closures that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.