CfP: Chapter abstracts for a book on forced migration, disability and education

Call for chapter abstracts for a book on forced migration, disability and education

Book title:

Forced Migration, Disability and Education: Inclusion and exclusion at the intersection of displacement and disablement

Marketa Bacakova (IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
Wayne Veck (University of Winchester, UK)
Julie Wharton (University of Winchester, UK)

Emerald Publishing

Guidelines for Submission
Submission deadline for Abstracts: March 31, 2024
Submission deadline for complete chapters: March 31, 2025

Abstracts should have no more than 400 words, including references,

Each chapter should be between 6,000 to 8,000 words.

Description of the book
The number of forcibly displaced persons has reached a new high in 2023, and currently there are more than 110 million refugees worldwide. Almost 40 % of those forcibly displaced are children (UNHCR, 2023). At the same time, the number of persons with disabilities is also growing. An estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide live with disabilities, which represents 16 % of the global population (WHO, 2022). Both persons with disabilities and refugees are very diverse populations. However, what they often have in common are the experiences of discrimination, exclusion, and inequality, which have so far been well documented.

The above-mentioned heterogeneity within the groups of refugees and persons with disabilities also means that some persons belong simultaneously to both groups. This particular population is far less visible. In fact, the incidence of disabilities amongst refugees still remains unknown (Crock et al., 2017). Some reports suggest even that the incidence seems to be higher than in the general population (HelpAge International & Handicap International, 2014), but reliable statistical data remains unavailable. When accessing education, one of the fundamental human rights building the cornerstone for the exercise of other human rights, refugees with disabilities face significant challenges. Yet in situations of acute crises of human displacement, persons with disabilities and their right to education remain largely forgotten (Crock et al., 2013).

This edited book brings together experts from across the globe to bring this partly invisible population to light, while focusing on the experiences connected to accessing the right to education. Its aim is to use the intersectional lens to highlight not only the invisible cases of violations of the human right to (inclusive) education and the broader system failures, but also agency and resilience of individuals, who are often seen as vulnerable, and point out examples of good practice. This book seeks to provide not only academic articles on this topic, but also to encourage dialogue between academia, policy, and practice. Thus, we welcome scholars, practitioners as well as policy makers from various disciplines worldwide to contribute to the emerging discussions at the intersection of forced migration, disability, and education.

We welcome theoretical approaches, empirical research as well as accounts of effective practices, which address the following questions:

  • To what extent is the enjoyment of the right to inclusive education enshrined in Article 24 of the CRPD ensured for the population of refugees with disabilities?
  • What obstacles are encountered by refugees with disabilities when accessing their right to education?
  • What factors influence the challenges faced by this group of people?
  • What factors ensure that this population enjoy positive educational experiences?
  • What educational aspirations do refugee children with disabilities and their families bring with them?
  • What do the educational trajectories of refugees with disabilities look like?

Please send abstracts (or requests for further details) to:

Marketa Bacakova:
IU International University of Applied Sciences

Leipzig, Germany



Crock, M., Ernst, C., & McCallum, R. (2013). Where Disability and Displacement Intersect: Asylum Seekers and Refugees with Disabilities. International Journal of Refugee Law, 24(4), 735–764.

Crock, M., Saul, B., Smith-Khan, L., & McCallum, R. C. (2017). The legal protection of refugees with disabilities: Forgotten and invisible? Elgar studies in human rights. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Handicap International. (2015). Disability in humanitarian context: Views from affected people and organisations. Handicap International.

HelpAge International, & Handicap International. (2014). Hidden victims of the Syrian crisis: disabled, injured and older refugees. HelpAge International and Handicap International.

UNHCR (2023). Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2022. UNHCR.

WHO (2022). Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities. WHO.