The Impact of Refugee Experiences on Education: Evidence from Burundi

40 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2016 Last revised: 9 Dec 2016

Sonja Fransen

Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

Melissa Siegel

Maastricht University - Graduate School of Governance

Carlos Vargas-Silva

University of Oxford

Date Written: December 1, 2016

Abstract

Previous studies suggest that displacement is one of the channels through which conflict impacts schooling outcomes. However, there is scarce evidence on this impact for those who are displaced internationally (i.e. refugees). Using data from Burundi, a country which experienced large scale conflict-led emigration and substantial post-war refugee return, we show that returning refugees are six percentage points more likely to have finished primary school than their contemporaries who never left the country. We conduct several placebo tests to demonstrate that this result is not driven by pre-conflict differences. There is no substantial effect of internal displacement on schooling outcomes.

Keywords: refugees, education, Africa

JEL Classification: F22, D74, I25

Suggested Citation

Fransen, Sonja and Siegel, Melissa and Vargas-Silva, Carlos, The Impact of Refugee Experiences on Education: Evidence from Burundi (December 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2755540 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2755540

Sonja Fransen

Maastricht Graduate School of Governance ( email )

Keizer Karelplein 19
PO Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

Melissa Siegel

Maastricht University - Graduate School of Governance ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

Carlos Vargas-Silva (Contact Author)

University of Oxford ( email )

58 Banbury Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6QS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.carlosvargassilva.com

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