Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Activities

A: Introduction
Look at the posters on the table. Who produced these posters? Do you think the posters are advertisements for Lego? If not, why not?

Unfold the bottom of the posters and read them through. Talk about the questions below in pairs. UNHCR owing to well-founded persecution UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UN agency devoted to protecting and supporting refugees) because of with a good reason (e.g. a fear or concern) suffering, oppression

1. What is the one difference between refugees and you and me?

2. What events do you think could have happened to cause a person to flee and leave everything behind?

4. How would you feel if you were a refugee who had to leave your home, family and possessions behind and live in another country?

5. Define the term ‘open mind’. What does it mean? Why does UNHCR ask that people keep an open mind and a smile of welcome?

Definition of a Refugee (from the UN Refugee Agency) A refugee is defined as "a person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of their nationality, and is unable to or,owing to such fear, is unwilling to remain in that country" according to the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.


Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Activities


Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Activities
Vocabulary for today`s lesson: UNHCR Overwhelming Conclude Deport Map out Civil war Vouchers

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UN agency agency devoted to protecting and supporting refugees) extremely draw meaning that send (someone) out of a country plan (e.g. a career or life) war between parts of the same country
tokens that can be spent on a good or service e.g. discount

Studio flat Indefinite Desolate Detain “in the shadows” Outrage Resilience Significance

one roomed flat (apartment) no pre-determined limit without (e.g. material possessions, or joy) hold someone in custody temporarily hidden from the view of the general public disgust at an injustice ability to `keep going` in spite of a bad situation importance Your basic rights are set out in the Human Rights Act 1998 as follows    to life the prohibition of torture the prohibition of slavery and forced labour   to liberty and security to a fair trial

not to be held guilty of a criminal offence which did not exist in law at the time at which it was committed to privacy, family life, home and correspondence to freedom of thought, conscience and religion to freedom of expression to freedom of assembly and association to marry to protection of property to education to free elections to the rights and freedoms set out above without discrimination on any ground.

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Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Activities
B: Individual Reading Questions:
I. Read Figure 1: Article from British Tabloid 1. How many people were surveyed?

2. Out of those polled, how many think the Human Rights Act is being taken advantage of? Who is taking advantage?

3. Who did the research?

4. What percentage of people think there is a lack of shared values in Britain? How many people thought we don’t respect each other enough?

5. What negative side-effects do some people think the Human Rights Act has caused in Britain?

II. Read Figure 2: Thanks For My Life Free From Terror: A Real Asylum Seeker 1. What country did Selima flee from?

2. At what age did the Somalian conflict break out?

3. When did she manage to escape? Where did she finally end up?

4. She was based in London, but was very sad… where did she visit, that changed her outlook? In what way did her mood change?

Now in pairs please take two minutes to look at one picture each from Reading Materials pg. 3, 4, 5) and discuss the images. Present the painting to the class and


Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Activities
tell us about the artist and the painting.


Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Activities
Please split into two groups, A and B. III. Skim-read Figure 6: Refugees in Japan 1. How many people appeal to Japan for refuge each year?

2. How long does the charity say it takes for a visa to be granted?

IV. Group A please read Figure 7: “Story of a Man From Burma” Group B read Figure 8: “Eri’s Opinion” Assign a `secretary` to note down answers and present the piece to the class. Use the questions below as a guide: Group A:   When did he flee to Japan? Why? What happened to him when he was in Japan?

Group B:    How did she learn about refugees? What is her dream? What responsibilities does she think she has?


Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Activities
C: Japanese public opinion
Pair Questions: How do Japanese people see the refugees they see on news stories on TV and in newspapers? Do you know of any refugees in your area? What rights and responsibilities do free nations have regarding asylum seekers? On the other hand, what rights and responsibilities do refugees have?

Finally!!!! There is a film festival in Japan in June (Figure 9).  What is it celebrating?

How is Angelina Jolie involved with UNHCR?

What role does she say film can play in the matter?


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