Refugees, NGOs and authorities alike note the lack of available education. Children and teenagers find themselves outside of any schooling system;- an ongoing situation since they left their home countries. Consequently, many children have spent years outside of any education. According to the latest official registration figures, 48% of the refugee population currently in Greece constitutes children, and the Greek government faces difficulty to provide adequate education. This situation can manifest itself in developmental and psychological consequences for those involved. It is well documented that gaps in education for refugee children can have significant detrimental long-term effects.
There are serious and insidious issues which arise from the loss people feel when remaining inactive economically, academically, and socially. This is the position in which the vast majority of refugees find themselves in camps, and it poses a significant and documented challenge to their mental health, depriving them of self-determination and the ability to provide for their own families. After months of waiting in vain, and with more time stretching out before them, many refugees feel they are becoming deskilled, losing professional and academic skills; and it is true they face a long period of enforced economic inactivity. All these blockages could act to impede their future economic and/or mental well-being.