The mistreatment of refugee’s within this country is mainly to do with this classic form of stereotyping. The true definitions of the terms refugee, asylum seeker and illegal immigrant often get confused, leading to a cloudy stigma around the subject area as a whole. The term refugee is in fact, somebody who has had to flee their home because they are in danger and an asylum seeker literally translates as somebody seeking sanctuary. An Illegal immigrant is someone who has come into the country without telling the authorities or has stayed longer than they were legally allowed to. Before we judge, we must try to understand how we would feel in such a position. When people around the world are lost, confused and frightened, they will hopefully experience the kindness of others and not the cold face of prejudice.
In celebration of Refugee Week, TrueTube has provided a range of resources on the matter. The assembly script focuses on a few main themes. Mainly who refugees are, why they seek asylum in Britain and what happens when they arrive here. It also celebrates the contribution refugees have made to the British culture and stresses the importance of thinking for ourselves. The activity within the script will allow your students to reflect on what it might feel like to have nowhere to go whilst the debate provides a deeper understanding of what sanctuary is all about. The two accompanying films tell the personal stories of two people who have personally gone through such experiences and what it felt like when they first arrived in Britain. If you want your students to have a better understanding of why some people seek refuge, then these are the resources for you.