This Special Issue is dedicated in memory of Professor Frans Meijers who sadly passed away on 16th November 2018. Frans worked tirelessly on career development research, policies and practices. He was a prolific writer, intellect and Co-Symposium Editor of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling. His academic work has greatly influenced many students, teachers, careers advisers and counsellors, policymakers and politicians around the globe. In talking to Frans about the subject of migration he remarked “All individuals have their own unique journey in life. The movement by people from one place to another brings about displacement from familiar surroundings and exposure to different cultures, values and norms. Guidance and counselling provides a ‘safety net’ that enables individuals to reflect on and give meaning to their life and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
It has been a great privilege to work closely over the twelve months with my colleagues Professor Fusun Akkok, Professor Emerita, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey; Gideon Arulmani, Director, The Promise Foundation, India; and Helmut Zelloth, from the European Training Foundation (ETF), Senior Specialist in VET Policies and Systems, Turin, Italy. As co-editors of this Special Issue we, alongside other authors of nine contrasting and content-rich articles, have put the spotlight on this important topic.
We urge more people to engage in career dialogue and counselling to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in their search for appropriate new opportunities.
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