A Class apart

30 November 2021
Education is one of the most important aspects of our lives – vital to our development, our understanding and our personal and professional fulfillment throughout life. Nathan Dumlao / UNSPLASH -

Access to education is an important right for refugees in the country of asylum. But millions of young refugees are not granted the possibility to access the right of education and miss out months or even years of education. A reason are missing documents. There is a need for asylum countries to address this issue by establishing procedures in the form of educational assessment for young refugees.

Abdullah Omar Yassen

Assistant Professor in Public International Law, and Head of the Cultural Relations, International Office, Erbil Polytechnic University. Yassen received a PhD in International Refugee Law at Newcastle University, an LLM with Merit in Public International Law from the University of Leicester, a postgraduate diploma in International Law from the University of Nottingham, and an LL.B with Honours from the University of Derby. Yassen is an external legal expert in the field of international protection for the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), Researcher for the Ref Arab project at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo and Independent Monitoring Officer at SEEFAR/the Migrant Project in the KRI. Yassen is also country expert on citizenship for GLOBALCIT based at the European University Institute and Iraqi consultant for UNESCO Institute for lifelong learning. Yassen has published several papers in the field of forced migration, refugees, and minority rights, and also participated in national and international conferences, workshops and seminars.

Selar Othman Ali

Doctoral degree in Education, lecturer of English language and Head of Grant and Fund Raising in the International Office at Erbil Polytechnic University (EPU), Erbil, Kurdistan region of Iraq. Selar received her Bachelor (2003) in English language at the University of Salahaddin-Erbil, Kurdistan Region-Iraq, Master’s (2008) in Education at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Selar’s PhD (2017), which was at the University of Southampton, is based on the higher education reform policy in the KRI. She has participated in international and national conferences, workshops and seminars and published research papers in international journals. Selar has held several managerial positions in higher education isstitutions and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and a legal representative of Imperial English UK (IEUK) in the UK. Her research interests are educational reform, quality assurance and applied linguistics.


Yassen, A. O., & Ali, S. O. A Class apart .

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