Call for papers: “Education and Refugees” – nº 35 Revista Española de Educación Comparada

Something more than 20 years ago, in July 1998, the publisher of the National University of Distance Education (UNED) published a book with the premonitory title of "World Disorder and Refugees" in which a review of the worsening of the refugee situation in the world and the growing role of teaching in this problem of universal scope.

In October of the same year, the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Program "deplores that the serious and repeated violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, which are one of the main reasons for refugee movements, continue in both peacetime and war. (...) he also remains very concerned about the continuing violations of the rights of refugee children; (...) strongly deplores the continued and sometimes tragic consequences of refoulements in all its forms, occasionally massive (...) ".

In the last twenty years the situation for refugees, for the fulfillment of the provisions of the Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees (1951), also surprisingly for world peace and even for the maintenance of hope in humanity, nothing but deteriorate.

It is clear that the Comparative Education can hardly reach where the States considered individually or together do not reach through the Organization of the United Nations and its subsidiary organisms.

However, Comparative Education, like the rest of the academic disciplines, has the responsibility of contributing - within its field of study - to describing, analyzing and explaining the reality of the refugee and proposing opportune measures to stop the deterioration produced and promote an improvement of the situation.

This monographic issue of the Spanish Journal of Comparative Education is dedicated to the refugee with a view to the very serious international problems known not only by political leaders and specialists, but by most of the inhabitants of the earth.

At the same time, some experiences are also presented in very different political and educational contexts.