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Three Academics Forced to Seek Safety in U.S.

By Lawrence Biemiller and Aisha Labi

IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund is seeing an increase in requests for help among foreign academics and students who are being displaced due to violence and political persecution.  Three scholars who have recently fled to the U.S. share their stories, which “demonstrate the growing threats to dissident intellectuals around the world."

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Offering Refuge to Endangered Scholars

By Mark A. Angelson and Allan E. Goodman

IIE-SRF Chairman Mark Angelson and IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman explain in their L.A. Times op-ed how the advances of Islamic State are threatening academics in Iraq and Syria. “We are working to provide as many of these scholars as possible with fellowships and secure places to continue their work until they can return safely to rebuild their once flourishing academic communities, but much more is needed.”

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What Will Become of Syria's Students and Scholars?

By Allan E. Goodman and Jorge Sampaio

“Education is the orphan of any war.”  IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman and President Jorge Sampaio of Portugal appeal to the international community to help.

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Syrian refugees in Jordan – From camps to campus

By Daniela Z. Kaisth and James R. King

IIE’s Daniela Z. Kaisth and James R. King call on “governments, universities and NGOs to find solutions so that Syrian scholars can teach and Syrian students can learn, even in the midst of conflict and crisis.”

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Instability in Iraq

By Elizabeth Redden

Iraqi universities are becoming conflict zones as ISIS militants clash with Iraqi government forces. Inside Higher Ed reports on the current situation and IIE Scholar Rescue Fund’s experience assisting threatened Iraqi professors.

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Refugees from Syria excluded from Lebanese universities

By Matthew Reisz

"Produced by the Institute of International Education and the University of California, Davis Human Rights Initiative, The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Lebanon starts by setting out the scale of the problem. There are now more than a million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, with perhaps 360,000 of them aged between 15 and 24 and as many as 70,000 of them students in Syria until the crisis. Yet there are at most 10,000 and maybe as few as 6,500 Syrian students currently enrolled in Lebanese universities, and that includes those who came before the conflict."

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Crisis of displaced Syrian students out of university

By Brendan O'Malley

University World News features IIE and UC Davis' recent report, The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Lebanon. The report is based on first-hand research and interviews conducted in Lebanon to better understand the barriers Syrians face in accessing higher education in Lebanon.

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More Syrians in Lebanon: Fewer in Universities

By Emma Gatten

Al-Fanar Media features IIE and UC Davis' recent report, The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Lebanon. The report is based on first-hand research and interviews conducted in Lebanon to better understand the barriers Syrians face in accessing higher education in Lebanon.

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Norway: Leading Way to End Military Use of Schools

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund's partners, Human Rights Watch and The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), report that the Norwegian government's leadership has committed to improving international standards to protect schools and universities from military use during armed conflict.

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Academic Values Often Give Way as Universities Expand Overseas Programs

By Paul Hockenos

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the Scholars at Risk Network Global Congress held in Amsterdam this April. The two-day conference brought together individual and organizational partners, including IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, to examine threats to scholars worldwide and the available networks and mechanisms to protect scholars and prevent future threats.

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