A Push to Bring Refugees to College

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration on Thursday announced a new campaign to create a college-sponsorship program enabling refugee students to resettle in the United States, enroll at a participating postsecondary institution, and obtain legal permanent residence. Under that plan, qualified refugees would enter the country under a new private-sponsorship category of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Participating colleges wouldn’t just enroll and educate those students; as official sponsors, they would provide them with financial, social, and logistical support, too.

In May this year, the Presidents’ Alliance, a group of more than 500 college leaders, unveiled the Initiative for U.S. Education Pathways for Refugees Students, which would significantly increase the number of refugee students enrolled at U.S. institutions — and give them the opportunity to stay in the country for good. Several other organizations, including UNHCR and the Global Task Force on Third Country Education Pathways, helped shape the project.

Read the full article from The Chronicle of Higher Education here.