Awareness Raising Tools

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There are many accessible and informative resources to help raise awareness about why people are forced to flee their homes, and the challenges they experience here in the UK as they seek protection from persecution. Here are some you may find particularly helpful.

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Myth-busting Facts and Figures about Refugees and People Seeking Asylum:
Reliable statistics about refugees worldwide, plus country specific information – United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Click here for an excellent information about refugees worldwide.
Tell it like it is: The truth about asylum (containing up to date, fully referenced facts) – Refugee Council
Money, Mayhem and Mobiles (accessible myth busting leaflet) – Refugee Action
Fact Pact – Refugee Week
Asylum quiz and basic facts and figures – STAR
Facts and research about destitution experienced by people seeking asylum in the UK – Still Human Still Here
Going It Alone: Children in the asylum process report – Children’s Society

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Media Representation of Asylum Issues:
‘What’s the Story’ – results from research into media coverage of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK – Article 19
Dividing Lines: Asylum, the media and some reasons for (cautious) optimism – Asylum Aid

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Oral Testimonies About Seeking Safety:
Refugee Voices (short stories available to download), and Forced to Flee (DVD) – Refugee Action
Still Human Still Here – Film about the experiences of asylum seekers forced into destitution

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History of Refugee Settlement in the UK and Refugee Contributions:
Resources covering the history and contribution of Refugees to the UK – Refugee Week