The number of refugees, who were forced to migrate from their homeland, is growing day by day. According to legal definition refugees are people, who can’t return home because of “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion”. Refugees leave their home expecting to get safer life in other countries, which are not always capable to provide full support: social, psychological, legal assistance. Moreover, on the way to reaching their destination countries, refugees face huge risks of becoming targets for organized crime: forced labor, slavery, human trafficking and etc.
Students of bachelor degree programs on refugee and forced migration studies concentrate on more contextual and broader studies: they have a big choice of courses on history, law, public policy, social work, psychology, armed conflicts, etc. Meanwhile master degree courses are more specialized as usual. Graduate students learn more on human rights aspects of the issues, social adaptation of refugees and reunification with their families, refugee policies of developed countries, etc. Students of graduate courses are expected to have extremely diverse backgrounds: in psychology, social work, law, public policy and many other areas. Universities also offer refugee studies as a separate module within broader major studies as international development or migration law.
The career options for refugee studies students as immense as this academic field itself. Professionals, specializing in refugee and for migration studies can follow their career paths in consultancy for non-profits and international organizations, work in public institutions, as well as pursue international career to share knowledge and best experiences with developing and poor countries.
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