Amir Oustah moved to France in 2009 to pursue a Master degree programme in the University of Toulouse, followed by a PhD funded by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research. The objective was to return to Syria after obtaining his PhD to undertake a professor position in Damascus Univeristy. By the end of his PhD in 2014, given the outbreak of violence in Syria, Amir applied for asylum in France. In 2015, he moved to the United Kingdom for an Honorary Visiting Fellow position in the University of Leicester. Amir is as well in active within an association involved in helping Syrian refugees in Toulouse region since 2013. He would like to bring his experience as an academic refugee in France and in the United Kingdom, and the experiences of other Syrian refugee students he that met and worked with to the roundtable to discuss the main challenges a refugee faces to pursue a higher education and scientific career.
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