Capabilities and Barriers to Higher Education Aspirations Formation for Marginalised Migrants
Focusing on the capabilities and barriers to higher educational aspirations formation, the author brings to the fore key challenges experienced by youth in contexts of disadvantage. An orientation to pre-migration illustrates the impact of economic and political structural on schooling experiences and how they influence educational aspirations and agency. The author’s use of Amartya Sen’s (1999) five instrumental freedoms (political freedoms, economic facilities, social opportunities, transparency guarantees and protective security) demonstrates the conditions that either support or hinder capabilities formation among migrant youth. This helps to understand the current external capability context of these youth and the author discusses how fostering the conditions for these instrumental freedoms is key for development interventions directed at marginalised migrant youth.
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