Maissam Nimer


IPC Fellowship

Granting institution

Partner institution

Period of the Fellowship

August 2018 - August 2019

Project title

Access of Syrian refugee youth to language instruction

Project description

While the settlement of Syrian refugees in Turkey becomes a longer-term reality, and while the Turkish government continues to receive international funding to set up an integration system, this project aims to make recommendations about how the delivery, availability, and accessibility of language instruction can be improved. By examining the diverse experiences of refugee youth, structural/institutional variations in language training, and the ways in which refugee youth interact with these systems, this project seeks to develop strategies to facilitate refugee youth’s integration and settlement in their host country in order to prevent further migration.

Short biography

Maissam Nimer is a sociologist working in the fields of migration, education, language, and social and gender inequalities. She obtained a PhD in sociology at Paris Saclay University in July 2016. In her thesis, she looked at the mechanisms of social and cultural selection that explain the inequality of access to higher education in Lebanon. Maissam’s current work at Koç University, Istanbul, deals with the integration of Syrian refugee youth in Turkey. Maissam holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and BS from the American University of Beirut.