A new report from the Eurydice Network gives an overall picture of what steps European countries have taken to integrate asylum seekers and refugees into higher education.

The report, Integrating Asylum Seekers and Refugees into Higher Education in Europe, gives an overview of the strategies 35 European countries have selected to integrate asylum seekers and refugees to higher education. The report's aim is to assess how far the national systems have advanced in responding to the needs of these groups.

Most extensive in Germany

Many of the people who came to Europe during the refugee crisis of 2015 and 2016 were at a relevant age for higher education studies. Germany is the European country that has implemented the most comprehensive measures. A national strategy for integration and a special coordinating authority, DAAD, were key factors in refugee reception. In Sweden, efforts were focused in the areas of assessment and validation.

The Eurydice Network publishes reports that explain how Europe's various education systems are organised and function. The network is comprised of national units in European countries and is coordinated by the EU Commission. The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) is the national unit for the Eurydice Network in Sweden.