Universal Right, But Not For All

  • A Universal Right – but not for all. Access to School Education for Children of Refugees and Labour Migrants in Russia

Refugees and migrants children are often left out of the education system. Despite the fact that everyone has the right to learn, in practice parents are asked to present a registration at the place of residence, and children are expected to have proficiency in Russian. Above is the Civic Assistance Committee report on the issue.

The universal right to education is enshrined in the Constitution of the Russian Federation. At the same time, according to researchers, several years ago, between 10% and 25% of the children of migrant workers of school age living in Russia did not receive education. Refugees children also often remain without education. Neither the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation nor the migration services show interest in studying this issue.

The state does not support financially the integration of labor migrants and refugees. Children of foreign nationals turn out to be a vulnerable group, especially if they have irregular migration status or their parents are applying to asylum and waiting for status recognition. And instead of solving this problem, additional barriers are created for children of certain groups to access education in some regions of Russia.

The author of the report above, Konstantin Troitsky, tells us what kind of problems foreign nationals’ children face in the field of education, what laws regulate (on paper) this right, and also how Civic Assistance helps migrants and refugees children to integrate into the hosting society.