Displaced Afghan Students Are Adjusting To College In The U.S.

“By creating these opportunities for Afghans and refugees broadly, we’re better utilizing the potential and talents that individuals who are here have,” said Laura Wagner, project manager for the Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students.

Despite large enrollment efforts at ASU and Bard College, as well as the many smaller efforts from other schools, the number of Afghans who have benefited from higher education opportunities is minimal when compared to the total number who have arrived in the U.S. Most Afghans do not pursue education because they need to improve their English first; instead, many pick low-paying occupations that do not require advanced English…..

“Survival and dealing with the cost of living becomes a priority over higher education,” Wagner said. “There can be a lot of brilliance and a lot of desire to continue or pursue higher education, but it’s just not a reality, given the cost of life to start a new life in the U.S.”

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