Access to education

United Kingdom

Country Report: Access to education Last updated: 24/04/24


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Access to compulsory education (up to age 16) is the same for asylum seekers, refugees and UK citizens (see section on Reception Conditions: Education). Although mid-term admissions may cause additional difficulties, the ease of access to school places is related more to the geographical area in which an individual lives than their immigration status.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland access to post-18 education is different and one of the distinctions between beneficiaries of refugee status and subsidiary (“humanitarian”) protection is that for the purposes of fees and student support, refugees are considered home students once they receive status, whereas recipients of humanitarian protection are considered as overseas students until they have lived in the UK for 3 years. In Scotland the only requirement is 3 years residence, rather than status.



Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection