Refugees and access to vocational education and training across Europe: a case of protection of white privilege?

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Chadderton, C. and Edmonds, C. 2015. Refugees and access to vocational education and training across Europe: a case of protection of white privilege? Journal of Vocational Education & Training. 67 (2), pp. 136-152.
AuthorsChadderton, C. and Edmonds, C.
Abstract

This small-scale, highly original study connects themes which are rarely explored in relation to each other, particularly in a European context: vocational education and training (VET), refugees and race equality, in order to explore how VET policies impact on racial equality, and the ways racial structures in Europe impact on VET. It begins to fill important gaps in cross-European research, firstly around VET and race, and secondly around refugees and VET. The paper is based on a study which examined the meso-social benefits of, and barriers to VET for adult refugees to European countries, commissioned by CEDEFOP, the agency funded by the European Commission to promote the development of VET in the European Union. In the paper we argue that a key factor in shaping refugees’ experiences of VET, are the racial structures integral to capitalist societies. Innovatively drawing on key literature which analyses white privilege in the labour market to contextualise our findings, we suggest that barriers faced by refugees are potentially related to structures of white privilege which shape notions of work and workers in Europe and sustain racial hierarchies.

JournalJournal of Vocational Education & Training
Journal citation67 (2), pp. 136-152
ISSN1747-5090
1363-6820
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2014.922114
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Print2015
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Deposited11 Jun 2014
FunderCEDEFOP
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Vocational Education & Training] on 6 June 2014, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13636820.2014.922114
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