International Review of Education

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 213–231 | Cite as

Lifelong learning challenges: Responding to migration and the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Leona M. EnglishEmail author
  • Peter Mayo
Original Paper


The 21st century, not yet two decades old, has already seen massive migration of peoples escaping the degradation of the environment, effects of war, threats to security and lack of opportunity in their countries of origin. Those who survive, some having to come to terms with the trauma of losing loved ones along the way, enter host countries as migrants, refugees and temporary workers. This article examines the plight of these vulnerable migratory populations in light of the global responsibility for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Special attention is given to the support necessary for a lifelong learning (LLL) response to enable this population to live a life characterised by dignity. The authors argue for a LLL process that addresses the particular politics of “disposability” surrounding many migrants’ lives.


inclusion lifelong learning migration poverty refugees Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) work 


Défis de l’apprentissage tout au long de la vie: traiter la migration et les objectifs de développement durable – Âgé d’à peine deux décennies, le XXIe siècle connaît déjà une migration massive de populations qui fuient la dégradation de l’environnement, les conséquences des guerres, les menaces d’insécurité et le manque d’opportunités dans leurs pays d’origine. Ceux qui y survivent, dont certains doivent affronter le traumatisme d’avoir perdu des proches pendant leur parcours, arrivent dans les pays d’accueil avec un statut de migrant, de réfugié ou de travailleur temporaire. Les auteurs se penchent dans cet article sur la détresse de ces populations migratoires vulnérables, à la lumière de la responsabilité mondiale d’atteindre d’ici 2030 les objectifs de développement durable (ODD). Ils insistent en particulier sur le soutien indispensable à une intervention sous forme d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie, qui permette à ces populations de vivre leur vie dans la dignité. Les auteurs plaident pour une démarche d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie traitant les politiques spécifiques de « jetabilité » qui entourent la vie de nombreux migrants.



We are grateful to Maria Pisani (University of Malta and Integra Foundation), for helpful comments on a first draft of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta

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