Protecting Hope in Displacement: Refugee Youth’s Aspirations and Ideas of the Future
Funded by Pedro Arrupe Research Fellowship
Hope offers an important theoretical lens for understanding the ways individuals deal with protracted displacement and uncertainty. This project examines factors which support or constrain refugee youth from continuing their education, seeking to learn how aspirations are constructed across time in protracted displacement. The research will take place in Lebanon, where Syrian refugees have been displaced since 2011, and where there are significant barriers which impact refugee youth’s abilities to complete their education. Paying attention to productive shifts over the past decade, the research uncovers possibilities that can be learned from developments in policies, practices, and individuals. In doing so, the project aims to draw lessons that engage policymakers, practitioners, and academics to better understand factors that support refugee aspirations and agency in protracted displacement.