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MEMES Survey Background for Educators of Refugee and other Displaced Students - 2


The resources and information on these pages is the first level of support for teachers & other educators who deal with refugee and displaced students in multilingual classrooms. Here you will find information about

  • lesson plans
  • MEMES for educational use
  • reference links
  • various conflicts and other factors that lead to migration
  • information about languages spoken by displaced persons
  • policies in various countries that host refugees & displaced persons


This project is inspired by and draws on the work of this website and our more recent work in displacement: indigenous and then refugee and other (im)migrant student language education.



The project is a follow up to the bi-continental conference in 2017 at the UW (in March) Language Education Policy and Teacher Perceived Identities of Displaced Immigrant and Refugee Children and the second part at the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 (May 22-24) Politique Linguistique en Éducation et Inclusion, and the publishing of the edited volume that emerged from the conferences. 


In the project, we are collecting anonymous survey, asynchronous discussion, and live conversation Zoom video data; and building content for an integrated online resource, which will support educators. See How to Participate here.


please email Dr. Kristine Harrison with questions at

Commuters react to ‘Refugees are scum’ protester. A man walks around Sydney Town Hall carrying a sign that says #RefugeesAreScum. This social experiment from international aid agency Act for Peace challenges Australians... “We understand that some Australians may be offended or shocked by this footage. We are more offended however, that the world’s most vulnerable people are not adequately supported”- Alistair Gee, Executive Director of Act for Peace. 


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This information was originally published on the website of the International Network for Language Education Policy Studies ( as

Harrison, K.M. (2018). Educator Survey 2018 Refugee & Displaced: Background. Rationale. Definitions. In F. V. Tochon (Ed.), Language Education Policy Studies (online). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin—Madison. Retrieved from: (access date).