The role of education in the age of global migration: challenges and possibilities with Prof Halleli Pinson

27th Jan 2022, 12:00pm - 18th Jan 2022, 1:00pm



The world now faces the prospect of having over 50 million migrant children, many of whom have had disrupted, little to no education. The education that such ‘children without a state’ (Bhabha, 2011) receive is sometimes of poor quality, and unfit for the task of ensuring they can develop sustainable independent lives or achieve a sense of security, or belonging in society. In high-income countries, such as the UK, most migrant children have access to schooling, whether mainstreamed or enrolled into induction programmes. However, the right to an education – especially a quality education –  for many child migrants (whether they have been forced, or their parents chose, to move country) is endangered not least because of their crossings of time, space and the legal status normally associated with the  ‘learner citizen’ (Arnot 2009).

Schools become the one social space where such youth should be safe. Yet are schools always safe spaces and, once educated, can migrant youth cope with the contradiction of being educated as citizens but existing in a permanent state of vulnerability? In this talk, Prof Halleli Pinson invites you to think how education, often one of the only human rights left to such youth, addresses the temporality and the liminality of their existence in hostile settings. Who is responsible for the delivery of such a right and what is the moral obligation of states to help migrant youth achieve an ‘imaginable future’ (Dryden Petersen 2019)? How can education contribute to the long-term stability of a globally transient young generation?


Thursday 27 January 2021, 12 noon

Venue: Online

This talk is free. Please book your place here

Photo of Prof Halleli PinsonHalleli Pinson  (BA, TAU; MPhil, PhD, Cambridge University) is an associate professor at the Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University. Pinson is a political sociologist of education, she has published extensively on citizenship education in conflict-ridden societies, neo-liberal policies in the context of minority education, and education and forced migration, especially on educational policies and school practices in relation to the integration of asylum-seeking children. She is the co-author of Education, Asylum and the ‘Non-Citizen’ Child, and a co-editor of Citizenship, Education and Social Conflict. Pinson now runs (together with Dympna Devine and Nihad Buner) The Routledge Series on Education and Migration and she is editing the Edward Elgar Handbook on Education and Migration (forthcoming, 2022). Pinson is also a member of the editorial boards of the BJSE and Race Ethnicity and Education. Since March 2021 she is Ben-Gurion University advisor for gender equity.