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Experiences of displaced young people living in England: January to March 2023

In 2022, Refugee Education UK, along with the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) were commissioned by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to work on a study that asked displaced young people about their experiences in England – the first of its kind from the ONS. This project was conducted with a team of seven peer researchers (young people with lived experience of forced displacement) to undertake more than 90 interviews with young people, between the ages of 14-18, and their parents up and down England. 

The research revealed insights into young people’s experiences in England, including initial experiences of arriving, settling and adjusting, and in school and education. While there were challenges in education described by young people and their parents, including because of language barriers, young people were grateful about the support they received from schools. 

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