Saturday, January 15, 2022

UNHCR Tools for Teaching about Refugees and Asylum Seekers


The UN High Commissioner for Refugees offers simple explanations of refugees, internally displaced people, and stateless people. Their animated videos can be used to in an introductory classroom or even for children. The video above, Who is a Refugee, explains the journey of refugees from a conflict-ridden home country to a more stable host country and the legal obligation to accept refugees who would be persecuted on return to their country. Beyond the initial migration, it explains that some refugees will be able to return to their home country, if conditions stabilize, while others will choose to integrate and remain in their host country. It describes the trauma and other challenges a refugee faces and examples of how a host country can assist with learning the host language, training for work, and learning customs in a community. 


This video explains the asylum-seeking process, including the kinds of proof required, considerations for the adjudicator, and the difficulties an asylum seeker may face while waiting for a determination. For example, it describes housing challenges, work permits, and the uncertainty of not knowing what outcome will be reached. The simple and yet accurate description may be useful to an asylum seeker or volunteer without legal training.


Finally, this video, Who Helps Refugees?, explains ways that individuals and organizations can assist with integration, from donation to practical assistance and friendship.

Because the videos are not country-specific, the spare explanations can be used in many settings. There are many other short videos available from other organization with more personal stories and specific country histories, including TEDx talks here, here, and here.


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